APT Free Seminar - The Art of Manual Wheelchair Prescription

Geelong Conference Centre, 20 Adams Court, East Geelong VIC 3219

22 Mar 2017 9:30 AM

Aims to tackle some of these reservations regarding how to measure for an appropriately fitting wheelchair.

APT VIC The Art of Manual Wheelchair Prescription

Arrival: 9.30am
All Day Session: 10.00am to 3.00pm


When considering manual wheelchair prescription, it is important to find a product that is both lightweight and durable. More importantly, the fit of the wheelchair greatly influences both the client’s functional abilities as well as the rolling dynamics over everyday terrain. Uncertainty regarding measuring the client, the wheelchair, and how that individual’s skills will change over time is frequently cited as reasons to generalise measurements and get adjustable (aka heavier) hardware.

This course aims to tackle some of these reservations regarding how to measure for an appropriately fitting wheelchair. Hands on time measuring the actual wheelchair will be provided, followed by applying a case study and determining the most appropriate wheelchair measurements. Following this, there will be a special focus on seating and support for the individual in a rigid Manual Wheelchair – from the cushion to the backrest. ROHO and TiLite products will be on hand for demonstration.

Lastly, there will be a review of current power assist options for Manual Wheelchairs – with a demo of the SmartDrive MX2+ and PushTracker new features and data tracking.

This course is intended for OTs and physiotherapists who deal with clients requiring custom manual mobility options.

Presenter: Magdalena Love
OTR, ATP, Permobil

Magdalena received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of Florida. Following a speciality 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 paediatric 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.

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