Manual Wheelchair Skills Development
FOR COMPLEX REHABILITATION HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
3 AHPRA CPD HOURS
$20 with morning tea supplied
Kindly hosted at Eastern Hub Geelong by
Aidacare Healthcare Equipment, Geelong
EDUCATION LEVEL OF COURSE: Beginner / Refresher
Morning Session: Exploring Manual Wheelchairs
The configuration of a manual wheelchair can have a significant impact on the wheelchair user’s mobility and ability to perform activities of daily living. This is supported by research, with Requejo et al (2015) reporting that optimised configuration leads to improved function for wheelchair users. As therapists, we need to have an awareness of what features of a wheelchair can impact most on a person’s functional ability and what we can do to optimise a wheelchair set up for our end users.
In this workshop we explore:
- Adjustable vs non-adjustable chairs
- Folding vs rigid frame chairs
- How to establish whether a chair has any adjustment available
- The impact of floor to seat heights and rear wheel position on propulsion
- Use of outcome measures to establish impact of intervention
Morning tea provided. There is a café onsite for those wishing to purchase lunch.
Please note; there is also an afternoon event on the same day aimed at an intermediate practitioner level, focusing on Optimising MWC Prescription. Further details on Eventbrite as a separate ticketed event.
Permobil Clinical Education Specialist
Rika Millen joined Permobil in May 2022, as a Clinical Services Specialist. After graduating from Western Sydney University in 2014, with a Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy, Rika began working at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. After rotating through a range of clinical areas, Rika moved into the Spinal Injuries Unit, where her passion for seating and assistive technology was ignited.
Rika has since worked closely with clients and therapists across Seating Clinic, Spinal Pressure Care Clinic and the Spinal Injuries Unit to devise customised seating solutions to enable clients to reach their goals.
Most recently working as the OT Team Leader in the Spinal Injuries Unit, Rika developed a passion for teaching and mentoring clinicians, which she hopes to develop and expand on in her new role at Permobil. Outside of work you’ll find Rika running, hiking, skiing or working on her golf handicap.