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Features or Specifications: Is it just semantics or is it catching some of us out?

As technology has evolved, so too has the technology, materials and electronics that go into powered mobility base designs.  Most complex rehabilitation bases are now modular in nature, meaning multiple components can be combined to provide a solution that is unique to an individual. Some of these components are essential to the build of the…

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Do we acknowledge medical benefits in our funding reports?

Funding systems vary around the world. In our corner of the world, both Australia and New Zealand have funding systems that are very function-based. Both funding systems require a person to have been diagnosed with a disability to access the system. However, what equipment is provided is based on what a person needs to be able to do and is not related to the person’s underlying…

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Clinical justification is based on sound clinical reasoning

Sound clinical justification and rationale must be articulated when prescribing assistive technology – essentially, we need to demonstrate clinical reasoning processes to the funding body when seeking financial support for mobility and seating equipment. This can be challenging for newer prescribing therapists especially when the solution has not been determined through the clinical reasoning processes.…

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What is a cost effective solution?

Cost effectiveness is something we need to consider when recommending mobility equipment for a person, but what exactly is a cost effective solution?  A cost effective solution is not necessarily a low cost solution, or the cheapest solution of a particular type of equipment. When considering whether an item is a cost effective solution we do need to consider the initial purchase price, but we also need to consider a range…

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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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What Matters When Scripting a Manual Wheelchair?

Scripting ultra-lightweight manual chairs can be a challenge – what frame material do you choose? What frame design? And then there are all the measurements that you need to get… When first learning to script manual wheelchairs, it can be hard to know what to focus on, however a recently published article by Lin and…

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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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