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Innovating for individuals

Individual (noun) a person who thinks or behaves in their own original way  a single person or thing, especially when compared to the group or set to which they belong(dictionary.cambridge.org)  Last week saw Permobil launch their latest brand video ‘Innovating for Individuals’ which includes a message that goes beyond marketing and extends into good clinical practice. ‘We are all individuals…

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Are We Reactive Or Proactive in Our Approach to AT?

This is something that I recently thought about when teaching a course on power assist. This topic does not just relate to power assist but to all Assistive Technology (AT). First, let’s define what I mean when I say proactive versus reactive. The dictionary defines proactive as “taking action by causing change and not only…

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Alternative Funding Options

It is important that as prescribers we understand the funding criteria and can articulate both the clinical justifications and how these can or cannot be met within the funding framework. Why do some applications fail to get approved and what are the options in these circumstances? Sometimes a person’s equipment needs may not fit within…

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Clinical Reasoning in Wheelchair and Seating Prescription

This week we are taking a quick look at clinical reasoning and how it applies to prescription of wheelchair and seating items. Clinical reasoning is a tricky concept to define. While universal to all health professions, the exact process appears to vary a little between professions. There is some research available into clinical reasoning, however…

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Funding Reports and the Wheelchair Outcome Measure (WhOM)

Our last three webinars for 2020 are looking at funding and how to write successful funding reports. Writing reports is a skill that some of us struggle more with than others, where understanding what information is vital to the funding report can be a challenge. In today’s blog we take a look at the Wheelchair Outcome…

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Mobility is a Human Right. Why we can’t ignore this topic anymore.

Did you ever attend a course, read an article, or hear a topic and think to yourself, “Yes, this is important. I need to remember this.”? But within a couple weeks this new topic or idea has left your mind. It happens to all of us. We get motivated by hearing someone’s passion, but how…

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The Importance of Learning

As clinicians, there are elements of education interwoven within many of our roles, teaching foundation skills or ways to use assistive technology to enable engagement in activities of daily living for example. An OT undergraduate program includes learning about how people learn and techniques to assist in the learning process. Within the wheelchair and mobility…

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day – 7 September

Monday 7th September marks Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) awareness day in both Australia and New Zealand, a global day to raise awareness of those affected by Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD). DMD and BMD are both X-linked recessive disorders, caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. This mutation can be caused by a certain…

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