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Spina Bifida Awareness Month

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month, and like all awareness months it is a good opportunity to learn something new. For me, it has been some time since I explored the research for Spina Bifida, so it was a good prompt to pause and take a look on PubMed to see what research I could find. The incidence of babies born with Spina Bifida has decreased since…

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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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Alternate Drive Controls

My most influential mentor once told me that the only pre-requisite for independent mobility is the motivation to move, a statement I have often reflected on and referred to throughout my career. There may be learning or training requirements to reach successful outcomes and specialised set up and inputs may be required but often the…

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WeThe15: A Global Disability Rights Movement

Last week marked the start of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, giving us another chance to cheer on athletes from our own country and celebrate the achievements of athletes from around the world.  Last week also saw the launch of the WeThe15 campaign, a campaign striving to end the discrimination against persons with disabilities. The number 15 relates to the reported percentage who live with a disability…

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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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Permobil Express Learning – Avoid Cognitive Overload!

Cognitive load theory is a theory of how the human brain learns and stores knowledge. When our brains process and store information, it takes place in one of two ways. One way, known as our working memory, is where small amounts of information are temporarily stored. Scientists believe that at any one time our working memory has the capacity on average to store up to four pieces of information e.g. reply…

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