Melbourne Education Program

Tuesday 18th May

  ROOM 1
9:00-9:30

 

standUP for Yourself! – Luke Meighan – Invacare Australia/New Zealand

10:00-11:00

 

TBC

 

11:15-12:15

 

TBC

 

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

Active Controls Center Drive; The Biomechanical Benefits – Lauren Hunter – Linds Rehabilitation Equipment

14:00-14:30

 

Successful manual wheelchair assessment and prescription – It’s all how you configure it – Amy Bjornson – Sunrise

15:00-15:30

 

Proposed changes to the building code and the impact on the home – Jane Bringgolf – Centre for Universal Design

16:00-16:30

 

Mobile shower commode chairs and bidets / smart toilets – getting it right! – Emma Friesen – Raz Design Inc

Tuesday 13th October

  ROOM 2
9:00-9:30

 

TBC

 

10:00-11:00

 

Motorised Mobility Device use: Interventions to enhance user safetyDr Marilyn Di Stefano – Road Safety Victoria

11:15-12:15

 

Taking a Stand: Overcoming Obstacles to Improve Outcomes – Rachel Fabiniak – Permobil

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

The Physical, Social and Psychosocial benefits of playing wheelchair sport – Wayne McNamara – Invacare

14:00-14:30

 

Restraint or Postural Support – An essential part of the solution or a safety afterthought? – Tracee-lee Maginnity – Permobil

15:00-15:30

 

Manual Wheelchair Skills to Improve Safety, Efficiency and Accessibility – TBA

16:00-16:30

 

Manual Wheelchair Scripting – Why Compromise Is a Good Thing – TBC – Ottobock Australia

A contentious statement: A chair that is scripted as stable as possible, as light as possible or with every accessory possible may be a red flag that someone isn’t seeing the whole picture. Scripting a manual wheelchair is unique in that almost everything is a compromise.

The most stable chair is often one that is hard to propel, the most lightweight options are often less robust, and the chair with every feature for functionality can become too heavy to be functional. Using live and pre-recorded demonstrations we will explore manual wheelchair scripting to find the best outcome for your client.

  ROOM 3
9:00-9:30

 

Anatomy of a Wheelchair: Clinical Implications – Tina Roesler – Motion Composites

10:00-10:45

 

Understanding Vehicle Solution Assessments – Amin Akbarian – Mobility Engineering

11:15-12:00

 

Identification, Prevention and Measurement of Postural Asymmetry in Adults with Cerebral Palsy – Carlee Holmes – St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne And Monash University

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

Let’s talk about toileting! – Emma Friesen – Raz Design Inc

14:00-14:30

 

Assistive Technology Peer Mentoring Program – Kristy Harper – Ila

15:00-15:30

 

The When, Why, and How of Paediatric Powered Mobility – Rachel Fabiniak – Permobil

16:00-16:30

 

The Power of Touch – Luke Meighan – Invacare Australia/New Zealand

*Details subject to change

  ROOM 4
9:00-9:30

 

How do people actually use their manual wheelchairs and what really matters – Tom Whelan – Ki Mobility

10:00-10:30

 

A novel device to assist computer access and control for people with hand impairment David Hobbs – Flinders University

11:15-12:00

 

Myth; Pressure mapping is only used to compare cushions – Dr Barend Ter Haar

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

Quantum – TBC – Pediatric Power

14:00-14:30

 

TBC

 

15:00-15:30

 

How people with leg paralysis benefit from the latest Knee-Ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO) technology – Vladislav Marek – Ottobock

16:00-16:30

 

Safe temperature showers made simple – Rob Pond – Therm-oz

Clinical Instructional Short Session

Clinical Plenary Long Session

Consumer

Product Innovation

AT Developments

Wednesday 19th May

  ROOM 1
9:00-9:45

 

Lying and Seating: More Linked than you Think! – Joana Santiago -Medifab NZ

10:00-10:30

 

Wearable technology innovations for people with vision and literacy impairments – Stewart Andrews – Quantum Reading Learning Vision

11:00-11:45

 

OT’s Exploring Assistive Technology – Assessment, Prescription, Process and Funding Panel of three OT’s and a facilitator (TBC) – Occupational Therapy Australia

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

Prescribing Dynamic Manual Wheelchairs for Function and Independence – Lauren Hunter – Linds Rehabilitation Equipment

14:00-14:30

 

A new approach to transfer – Bruce Gillespie – Transfer Systems Pty Ltd

Wednesday 14th October

  ROOM 2
9:00-9:30

 

Innovations in mobile shower commode chair design – Emma Friesen – Raz Design Inc

10:00-10:30

 

What can Australia’s peak body for assistive technology do for you? – Natasha Layton – ARATA

11:00-11:45

 

How to Choose the Right Personal Alarm…..And get Nan to Wear It – Lance Stracke – Guardian Safety Pendants

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

Konnnekt captioning videophone; Incredibly easy to use for senoirs or disability, reduces depression risk – John Nakulski – Konnekt

14:00-14:30

 

Bariatric Seating and Mobility Considerations – Nick Reginato – Quantum Rehab

  ROOM 3
9:00-9:30

 

Best practise guidelines for assessment and selection of rehab shower commode chair – Lois Brown – Rehab Hire

10:00-10:30

 

Exploring Postural Care: A Family-Centred Practice for young Children with Physical Disability Clinical Instructional – Denise Luscombe – Postural Care Australia

11:00-11:45

 

Aquatic Therapy & Transfer Tips for Caregivers – Craig Slattery – Para Mobility & Kristen Kruse – AustSwim

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

One switch, many devices, no problem – Emma Hughes – Zyteq

14:00-14:30

 

Navigating the NDIS assistive technology process: Case studies and panel discussion – Claire Fox – National Occupational Therapy

*Details subject to change

  ROOM 4
9:00-9:30

 

Prevention, identification and measurement of postural asymmetry in children and adults with physical disability – Denise Luscombe – Postural Care Australia

10:00-10:30

 

When Innovation meets Best Clinical Practice: Introducing the New Explorer Mini – Rachel Fabiniak – Permobil

11:00-11:45

 

Hip Contractures & Seating. What are the challenges and how to overcome them – Joana Santiago – Medifab NZ

12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30

 

Importance of the seated microclimate in skin protection, how much do we need to consider heat, moisture and humidity? – Amy Bjornson – Sunrise

14:00-14:30

 

Using the Allen Cognitive Disability Model to improve the efficiency of equipment prescription – Susan Pordage – Acdm Web

Clinical Instructional Short Session

Clinical Plenary Long Session

Consumer

Product Innovation

AT Developments