APT: Seating Strategy I: Bridging the Gap Between Clinical Decision Making and Product Choice

Sharks Event Centre (Premier Room), Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Avenue, Southport QLD 4215

16 Sep 2015 10:00 AM

This workshop is aimed at both novice and intermediate clinicians who wish to improve their ability to strategically translate commonplace clinical knowledge into effective prescription of seating and mobility products.

APT: Seating Strategy Duration: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (AEST)

Seating Strategy I: Bridging the Gap Between Clinical Decision Making and Product Choice

This workshop is aimed at both novice and intermediate clinicians who wish to improve their ability to strategically translate commonplace clinical knowledge into the effective prescription of seating and mobility products. Throughout the day, participants will focus on fundamental what, why and when aspects of seating strategy, including:

  • What are the foundation concepts of seating theory?
  • Why should we use strategic thinking to approach seating assessment, prescription and product selection?
  • What are the features of various products and options in the Sunrise Medical range?
  • What features and options are adjustable or customisable for each product?
  • Why and when should these products, features and options be chosen for each client?
  • How can these products, features and options, alone or in concert, enhance clinical outcomes?

By linking the what of clinical findings with the why and when of product selection, participants should emerge with an enhanced confidence in setting strategic seating goals and using an objectives-based approach to choosing product options that will support optimal outcomes for clients with common 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 “Orthopedic 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.