Education Program

Tuesday 27th Aug 2019

  ROOM 1
9:15-10:00

 

Wheelchair vehicle transport and injury prevention – Amin Akbarian, Vehicle Solutions Specialist, Finance Manager

From our experience in the mobility vehicle transport industry we have found that the majority of wheelchair occupants being transported are incorrectly secured in the vehicle. We believe this is due to a lack of education and understanding of what happens to the human body in an accident. In this presentation I will detail the best practice guidelines for wheelchair vehicle transport as well as the Australian standards and regulations that apply to wheelchair transport. Just meeting a standard does not mean that you are safe and especially in the area of wheelchair transport, where the transport requirements are far behind that of able-bodied seating positions in the vehicle, we need to go over and beyond the standard to ensure transport safety inside of the vehicle. This presentation will also cover the occupant safety restraints necessary to reduce the amount of injuries during vehicle transport.

Clinical    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)    Technology (application/developments/the future)

 

10:30-11:00

 

Vision Loss: “Wearable” technology offers new support pathways for independent living – Jeff Landers, Low vision consultant, Quantum Reading Learning Vision 

Vision loss, ABI, stroke and other cognitive conditions may result in increased levels of depression, falls, loss of independence and reduced social function and interaction. Assistive technology in the form of specialised aids profoundly enhance the lives of people with vision loss and those who lack the ability to decipher print materials. However many are not portable and require cumbersome handling of devices to access print. New “wearable” technologies offer a wealth of advantages and have practice implications for supporting people with a ‘print impairment’. Occupational therapists play a central and coordinating role in the prescription of technologies that promote quality of life and independence. This session aims to improve the awareness and understanding of wearable aids, including artificial intelligence, digital cameras and how they can be incorporated into support pathways.

Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)    Technology (application/developments/the future)

 

11:30-12:00

 

NDIS, the hidden confrontation – Chris Sparks OAM – President, Physical Disability Council NSW

The NDIS has meant that thousands of Australians with disability are now receiving real support for the first time. Previously they would self fund, compromise, beg, borrow or steal, to simply get on with their lives and overcome the added challenges and costs of living with disability. How does someone who has lived without funded disability supports gain a genuine understanding of what they really need, and what is considered ‘reasonable and necessary’? This presentation will discuss methods to frankly confront the NDIS planning process for those who have always just got by, substantively by their own endeavours.

Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)    Clinical    Paediatric

 

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:45

 

Paediatric Powered Mobility: Earlier Intervention – Rachel Fabiniak, PT, DPT – Permobil Clinical Education Specialist

Motor skills develop rapidly during a child’s first three years of life, providing a means for exploration and socialisation necessary for development. For children with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal impairments, power mobility devices may be necessary for independence within their environment. Research shows that functional, independent mobility in children with disabilities can help to improve cognitive and perceptual skills, reduce learned helplessness, increase confidence, and facilitate participation with peers in everyday activities. This lecture will discuss the current evidence for early powered mobility as well as what medical and commercial products are available for use with this population.

Paediatric    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)    Clinical

 

14:15-14:45

 

Postural and behavioural harness in transport – Ali Akbarian, General Manager at Mobility Engineering

With the ever complicated world of Assistive Transport and the Restrictive Practices Act, this session aims to educate the attendee on the difference between Postural and Behavioural Harnesses, identifying the various styles, designs and uses of each. It will focus on the specific uses for both Postural and Behavioural Harnesses and use case-study examples to demonstrate the reason for using the various harnesses for the clients, showing both vehicle and client considerations. It will also cover all related transport laws and regulations along with expected responsibilities and liabilities, which must be considered in addition to health based regulations.

Clinical    Paediatric    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

15:15-16:00

 

Games plus therapy plus fun equals outcomes – Vicki Abraham, Abraham OT Services

Clinicians have inescapable frustrations. Including (but not limited to) knowing compliance levels to therapy, motivating patients, capacity for billable hours and drawing on objective evidence-based practice programs. Patients struggle for motivation, time, access to expertise and accessible services. This presentation will explain, explore, and demonstrate digital systems that may address some of these background challenges and provide solutions for better outcomes for patients, scale for practices and to push the boundaries of innovation. And most importantly, to improve the outcomes, inclusion opportunities and experiences for patients. All the while adding our secret sauce… Fun.

Clinical    Paediatric    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

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Aged Care

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  ROOM 2
9:15-10:00

 

Motor Vehicle Driver Controls – Adaptive systems for people with disabilities AS 3954. A new Australian Standard, what is it? – Tom Eley, Occupational Therapist, OT Solutions

Motor vehicle technology and adaptive vehicle systems have changed significantly since the initial hand control standards were published in 1991. This brief presentation will provide an overview of the new standard “AS 3954.1 Motor vehicle driver controls – Adaptive systems for people with disabilities”, touching on requirements for mechanical and electromechanical systems for both primary and secondary driving controls, the minimum setup requirements for drivers who will be seated in their wheelchairs, vehicle wiring, labelling and general information about what is required for compliant installations.

Clinical    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

10:30-11:00

 

Anatomy of a Wheelchair – Lauren Hunter, OT Clinical Educator/ Product Consultant Linds Rehabilitation Equipment

When selecting an appropriate manual wheelchair, we often focus on the features and benefits of the selected product; or default to the familiar. However, we may be doing our client’s a disservice by not considering the form and function of the wheelchair. How does design and material selection impact functional performance and can it make a difference for our clients? This presentation will discuss basic material science and the impact that frame construction may have on our client’s ability to function more independently. With so many options, we need to consider all aspects to differentiate and choose the most appropriate product for our clients.

Clinical    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

11:30-12:00

 

The role of occupational therapy in assistive technology, home modifications and equipment
OT Australia Panel:
Carol Jewell, Practice Advisor, Occupational Therapy Australia
Laura Taylor, Occupational Therapist, LTOT
Nedra Playford, Occupational Therapist/Director, Sunrise OT

An interactive session where a panel of experienced occupational therapists will discuss the role of occupational therapy in assistive technology, home modification and equipment recommendations to enable participation. The panel will be available for Q & As on the principles and best practice of assistive technology, equipment and home modification with audience members.

Clinical    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:45

 

TBC – Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will present an information session aimed at beginners who are unfamiliar with therapeutic goods regulation. Hear about the role of the TGA, its dedicated SME Assist service and where to go for more help and guidance, particularly in relation to medical devices.

 

14:15-14:45

 

Where is your client when he is out of the wheelchair? – Joana Santiago, OT, Clinical Educator, Medifab

People with neurological impairment are at high risk of developing postural deformities. Wrong postures combined with the force of gravity impacts the body shape negatively. Analysing people’s sitting posture is imperative but what about all the other positioning patterns assumed throughout the 24 hours of the day? Are we providing “safe” environments to our clients when they are out of their wheelchairs? In this presentation we will analyse the predictable patterns of body shape distortion based on the most current, up-to-date evidence-based practice and we will ultimately support clinicians by considering an intervention based on a 24-h postural management approach.

Clinical    Paediatric    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

15:15-16:00

 

Transforming the way wheelchair users manage their health – Kath Hamilton CEO, loop+

loop+ is a health tracker for wheelchair users with sensors fitted to the wheelchair, connected to a mobile app to create a positive feedback loop with carers and clinicians to manage health risks in everyday life. Like a Fitbit for the bum! Loop+ gives continuous visibility at home. This can support daily healthy habits to reduce medical intervention for wheelchair users. In this session we’ll share the impact of everyday visibility on the seating and pressure care to manage the risk factors of pressure injury and scoliosis.

Clinical    Technology (application/developments/the future)

 

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Aged Care

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Industry

Wednesday 28th Aug 2019

  ROOM 1
9:30-10:15

 

TBC – Bonnie Millen

 

11:00-11:45

 

Information for the Assistive Technology NDIS market – Dr Lloyd Walker, Director Assistive Technology NDIS

 

12:00-12:30

 

National Assistive Technology Alliance NATA – Advocating a positive future for all assistive technology stakeholders – David Sinclair PGDipMgt Macq.; MMgt Macq.; AAICD – EO of ATSA

The National Assistive Technology Alliance (NATA) was established in 2018 in response to a rapidly changing landscape of policy, services and innovation. NATA is a broad-based Alliance of nearly 20 peak national stakeholders associated involved with AT services. NATA’s vision is a positive future for all AT stakeholders by working collaboratively to influence policy, industry standards and practice. NATA has representation at the NDIS Industry Reference Group has submitted to the Parliamentary inquiry into assistive technology, the pricing review of the NDIS and more recently the impact of the NDIS Commission on providers. This session will introduce NATA informing its vision, aims, update on current work and future priorities.

 

11:45-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

I’ve Been Everywhere Man – Malcolm Turnbull, Senior Advisor and Ambassador, Permobil

Travel as a wheelchair user presents particular challenges but the extra effort is worth it. With over 39 years of experience as a wheelchair user and having travelled extensively both locally and internationally my hope is this presentation will help ease any concerns and add motivation to those considering travel, as well as enhance the experience of those who are already infected with the travel bug. This presentation covers tips, equipment and logistical considerations for manual wheelchair users interested in travelling as well as some highlights from my own travels. While targeted predominantly at manual wheelchair users there is also useful information for powered chair users.

Paediatric    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

14:00-14:45

 

Supporting paediatric postural and mobility goals – Tracee-lee Maginnity Clinical Education Specialist / OT Permobil Australia

Are we providing appropriate AT to support early development mobility and positioning? How do we ensure that AT meets the goals of our paediatric population? Despite decades of research and evidence to support access to AT that promotes function and preventative measures to maintain postural symmetry we are still seeing young children with significant postural asymmetry and lack of access to independent mobility at an age appropriate level. This session looks at a range of AT that supports postural positioning and how to balance appropriate postural support with functional needs. We will look at AT options over a 24 hour period and look at the clinical reasoning processes that we are currently using to justify the prescription of AT to meet goals.

Clinical    Paediatric    Technology (application/developments/the future)    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

  ROOM 2
9:30-10:00

 

A beginner’s guide: Manual Wheelchair Mobility – Rachel Fabiniak, PT, DPT – Permobil Clinical Education Specialist

In many care settings, where time and resources are limited, there can be potential to overlook clients who may need complex manual wheelchair solutions but are only provided with basic equipment. When a client with long-term wheeled mobility needs is prescribed a product intended for short-term use, secondary complications can occur. This course is intended to be an overview to transitioning your practice from general use and standard equipment to the ideas of best practice tissue protection, shoulder injury prevention, and ultra-light weight solutions for long-term successful outcomes using today’s technology.

Clinical    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

11:00-11:45

 

Implications of the fatigue and impairment ratings among polio survivors in Australia nd New Zealand – Paul Cavendish, Clinical Health Educator

Australia had approximately 40,000 notified cases of Poliomyelitis during the 1930s – 1960s, with many more cases undiagnosed. The migrant and refugee population has been, and is still, unknown. Findings from 296 polio survivors on their self-reported level of impairments highlight needs for orthoses and mobility equipment to manage the symptoms of muscle weakness, muscle fatigue and general fatigue. Assessment of muscle fatigue, mobility, posture and activities of daily living will be identified. Appropriate assistive technology and lifestyle recommendations are vital to preserve the reduced motor neurones available for physical functioning. Information on further support and information will also be provided.

Clinical    Technology (application/developments/the future)    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)

 

11:45-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

Dance on Prescription – Gwen Korebrits co-founder and CEO of Dance Health Alliance

The Dance Health Alliance are cultivating a new way of looking at health issues! Recent research overseas states if we could bottle the effects that dance has on our bodies, minds, and brains it would be the new wonder drug!
So why can’t it be as easy as offering a therapeutic dance programme twice a week, to reduce the physical, mental and social challenges that people are living with? Imagine a world where these types of programme are prescribed over pills or drugs.

Clinical    Paediatric    Aged Care

 

14:00-14:45

 

Inclusive Volunteering: Building Community Connections – Rebecca Spradau, Senior Program Coordinator, Volunteering and Contact ACT

Inclusion matters. Based on real-life examples, testimonials from participants and key learnings from the Inclusive Volunteering Program, this presentation will explore how to build an inclusive community where people of all abilities and backgrounds are empowered to contribute. Attendees will be challenged to consider the benefits that can be unlocked through volunteering. Simple solutions for removing barriers to volunteering will be explored from both the individual and organisational viewpoints. Rebecca’s passion and conviction in the subject matter will encourage attendees to consider the impact of volunteering and inspire them to explore building community connections through inclusive volunteering.

Paediatric    Consumers and Families (including parents/carers)