APT: Seating Strategy II - Effective Clinical Decision Making for Complex Seating Prescription

Aidacare (Mylestones Mobility), 354 Bilsen Road, Geebung QLD 3054

4 Nov 2015 3:00 AM

This workshop is aimed at both intermediate and experienced clinicians who wish to improve their ability to strategically tailor and customise seating and mobility solutions to meet more complex user requirements.

Duration: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (AEST)

Seating Strategy II: Effective Clinical Decision Making for Complex Seating Prescription
This workshop is aimed at both intermediate and experienced clinicians who wish to improve their ability to strategically tailor and customise seating and mobility solutions to meet more complex user requirements.APT: Seating Strategy II

Throughout the day, participants will focus on more in-depth aspects of the why and how aspects of seating strategy, including:

Why does a typical posture and development influence seating choices?
How can I link mat evaluation and other assessment findings with seating angles and set-up?
How can I strategically use products, features and options, alone or in concert, to enhance clinical outcomes in more complex situations?
Why would more customised products, features and options be chosen for some clients?
How can I customise standard products to meet non-standard requirements?
How can I prescribe customised solutions when I can't try them?

By focusing on the why and how of seating prescription, participants should emerge with an enhanced confidence in strategically using an objectives-based approach when choosing and setting up customised product options that will support optimal outcomes for clients with more complex presentations.

Presenter - Jenni Dabelstein, BPhty, MHSc, MBA
Clinical Education Specialist - Sunrise Medical Queensland

Jenni is a physiotherapist with over 25 years’ experience in both Australia and the USA.  Jenni has worked extensively as a clinician, researcher, educator and consultant within the disability sector with a diverse clientele including both children and adults with mainly neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy.

As a paediatric clinician for the first 10 years of her career, Jenni developed special interests in the areas of gait, biomechanics, orthoses, specialised seating and wheeled mobility.  She was Senior Physical Therapist at the Primary Children’s Spina Bifida Clinic in Salt Lake City Utah, before joining the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville South Carolina as the lead Physical Therapist in the Gait Lab team, participating in a range of published research projects and follow-up clinics.  She is the author of the chapter “Lower-Leg Orthoses and Casts”, part of the home study series “Orthopaedic interventions for paediatric patient” published by the APTA in 2000. On returning to Australia in 1997 Jenni worked as a consultant in seating and mobility then gathered significant business experience working in sales, management and business development roles within the rehabilitation equipment industry, completing her MBA in 2005.   

Jenni joined the Sunrise team as a clinical consultant in 2010.  That same year that Jenni founded her own business, Gizmo Rehabilitation, providing assessment and prescription services as well as education and consulting services focussed on specialised rehabilitation equipment.  She has an ongoing role with the Australian Paralympic Committee supporting the high-performance Boccia programme and a developing interest in wheeled mobility for sporting applications.  Jenni teaches extensively about wheeled seating and mobility and brings a strong biomechanical and orthotic approach as well a focus on strategic thinking to her regular seminars.