Aidacare Thomastown – From Assessment Through Funding with Power Seat Functions


For Complex Rehabilitation Health Professionals
Education Level: Beginner-Intermediate

$25 with Morning Tea and Lunch supplied

Kindly hosted at Aidacare Thomastown by
Aidacare Healthcare Equipment, Melbourne

From Assessment through Funding with Power Seat Functions

Power seat functions (PSF) can make the difference for someone being able to independently complete a task or participate in meaningful activities, but also require clear and articulate clinical justification to meet funding criteria. PSF’s each have different benefits however it is often the integration of these features working together that provide the required support for increasing functional capacity.

This full-day session will look at the considerations of various PSF’s for both functional use and postural support. We will discuss ways we can provide evidence that an individual’s functional capacity is increased through the provision of PSF and practise a few outcome measures that can be considered. Opportunities to try out the different functions will be encouraged throughout the day.



Rachel Fabiniak

Permobil Director of Clinical Services

Rachel Fabiniak began her studies at The Georgia Institute of Technology, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2009. Rachel then went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2013. After receiving her doctorate, Rachel went into clinical practice as a physiotherapist in the Spinal Cord Injury Day Program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga. Rachel also has experience in community physiotherapy and inpatient rehabilitation. During Rachel’s time at Shepherd Center, she developed a passion for seating and mobility which ultimately led to her career with Permobil. Rachel joined on with Permobil in January 2018 and relocated to Sydney, Australia in June 2018 as the clinical education specialist for Australia and New Zealand. In February 2020 Rachel moved into the role of Director of Clinical Services for Asia-Pacific.

Rika Millen

Permobil Clinical Education Specialist
Occupational Therapist

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.


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Event Details
  • Days
  • Start Date
    26/07/2022 8:45 am
  • End Date
    26/07/2022 3:00 pm
  • Location
  • Address
    Aidacare - Distribution Centre 49 Temple Drive Thomastown, VIC 3074