Case by Case - Taking Wheelchair and Seating Evaluation from Initial Assessment to Final Prescription & Funding Challenges. Building Confidence through Practice – Adult & Paediatric

Aidacare Thebarton, 71 Port Road, Thebarton, SA 5031

2 Nov 2016 9:00 AM

This is an intermediate course addressing the seating and power wheelchair mobility needs of both adults and children. This work­shop provides valuable information to participants involved in the assessment and funding processes of seating and wheelchair prescription.

It’ll be a fun day of learning with hands on interaction. We will take the process from the beginning: including client assessment, postural mat evaluation, and translating your finding into equipment solutions.

We’ll review common postural concerns/issues and seating interventions to address them, taking into account their effects on function. We’ll consider when compromises are necessary and how to navigate funding challenges.

Attendees will gain immediate ideas for clients whose needs may range from simple to more complex.

Presenter: Amy Bjornson, BS, MPT, ATP
SMS Clinical Education Manager

Recently trained as a Physical Therapist in the United States, Amy has over 20 years’ experience working with the adult and paediatric neurologic populations, with specialties in the treatment of spinal cord injury, and evaluation and provision of assistive technology for clients with physical challenges. She was the director of the Seating and Mobility Clinic in Boston, MA USA and provided consultation services to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Based in Sydney, Amy currently develops and implements national and international training programs on using Assistive Technology to enhance inclusion, health and well-being in those with physical disabilities. She also serves a product improvement and development role for Sunrise Medical, Australia.

Amy focuses on providing sound solutions that create positive results, even in challenging environments. She consistently implements innovative ideas focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Amy is a dynamic speaker who has lectured extensively on seating and mobility, wound management and the physical therapy treatment of spinal cord injured clients. She has also travelled to several developing countries, learning and sharing information with their medical communities.

Amy received her ATP certification in 1995, SMS certification in 2015 and is a friend of NRRTS and a member of RESNA. She is an active member of Wheelchairs for Humanity and Health Volunteers Overseas.

Lunch is provided. Please email if you have any dietary requirements.