Manual Wheelchair Prescription and Client Skills Training
5 CPD HOURS
Learn how to prescribe and configure manual wheelchairs to maximize independence, function and long-term health with avoidance of overuse injuries. Topics will include assessment strategies, frame selection, configuration to promote safe, functional independence in an active manual wheelchair. We’ll experience, through trial and interaction, how different frame styles and set ups affect propulsion, comfort and ultimately client function. In the second half of the session, the attendees will use properly configured chairs to put their skills to the test. In small groups, we’ll practice instruction and completion of a variety of wheelchair skills from propulsion to wheelies, transfer strategies and more. We will discuss the importance of these skills in everyday life and present strategies for instruction.
We’ll also address “aging with a disability” and disease progression – what options are available for clients when pushing independently becomes too difficult or inefficient?
Come Ready for Action – this course is jam-packed with hands-on learning opportunities.
Presenter: Tilly Brook
Clinical Hub Team Leader – Australia
Tilly has travelled the world in her 10+ year career as an Occupational Therapist working within the assistive technology industry. Tilly trained as an Occupational Therapist in Sydney Australia and worked at both Liverpool and Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney Brain Injury Units working with clients with neurologic disabilities; providing both functional and cognitive rehabilitation and prescribing wheelchair and seating.
In 2015, Tilly moved to Singapore where she worked with the Cerebral Palsy Association, Singapore. Whilst in this role, Tilly provided wheelchair and seating mentoring to Occupational Therapist, teachers and carers. In 2017 she moved to Auckland, New Zealand where she worked with the specialised wheelchair service, Mobility Solutions.
Tilly is currently the Clinical Hub Team Leader where she has assisted in the development of the Sunrise Medical Australia clinical services. She provides education to clinicians around Australia and assists in the prescription of wheelchair and seating for clients with complex seating needs.