APT Free Seminar - Power Mobility: Basics of the Base, Seating, and Funding for Better Outcomes

Aidacare (Mylestones Mobility), 354 Bilsen Road, Geebung, QLD 4034

14 Mar 2016 9:00 AM

There is no ‘one size fits all’ power wheelchair or seating system. This course will take an introductory look into the factors that influence base selection (front, mid, and rear wheel drive) and power seat functions (PSF). Current evidence for base selection, seat function usage, as well as pressure ulcer prevention will be reviewed.

The course will assist clinicians and providers in knowing how to teach a client to effectively use the wheelchair to its maximum performance, as well as examine the how PSF affect a person’s health, independence and quality of life.

Special emphasis will be placed on current research in deep tissue injuries and pressure ulcer prevention. Funding justifications for particular features will be reviewed and a discussion on the impact of NDIS will be initiated. Ultimately, attendees will gain strategies to holistically assess and prescribe equipment that better meet the medical and functional needs of their clients. Time will be allotted for audience participation, discussion and equipment demonstration.

Lunch is provided. Please email training@aidacare.com.au if you have any dietary requirements.

Presenter: Magdalena Love, OTR, ATP

Magdalena Love received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of Florida. Following a specialty affiliation as a research assistant at the National Institute of Health (NIH), she worked as an OT in the New York School system and at an outpatient pediatric clinic. In 2011, she went on to hold an OT position at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in Houston, TX on both the Brain Injury then the Spinal Cord Injury/Specialty Rehab team. Magdalena was actively involved in seating and mobility clinics during her career at TIRR. She currently works for Permobil as Clinical Education Specialist, is an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), and an active member of AOTA and RESNA. In 2016, Magdalena relocated to Sydney to assume the role of Clinical Education Specialist for Permobil in the Australia & New Zealand regions.