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APT Free Seminar: Manual Wheelchairs - From Materials to Measurements

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (AEST)

APT Free Seminar: Manual Wheelchairs - From Materials...

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Aidacare Professional Training with Permobil



APT Free Seminar:  

Arrival: 8:30am

All Day Session: 9:00am to 3:30pm 

APT Free Seminar: Manual Wheelchairs - From Materials to Measurements 

For individuals who self-propel a wheelchair, clinical practice guidelines recommend providing a manual wheelchair that is durable, lightweight, and fit to the person’s exact dimensions. The wheelchair materials, as well as a fit that matches the person’s dimensions and abilities, have a direct impact on the patients’ health, functional performance, and overall quality of life. 

In today’s world, there is a wide array of choices which can make the equipment selection process daunting. Clinical decision making should include a more in depth understanding of the materials that make up the equipment selected. 

The morning session will start with a review of how various materials are used and combined in manual wheelchairs. Materials such as plastics, steel, aluminium, titanium, and carbon fibre will be reviewed.  Following this, the course will review fitting techniques in a manual wheelchair in all dimensions (length, width, height, wheelbase, functional footprint) and will include specific examples of setting front and rear seat height, frame depth, and seat width.  Computer generated models will be used to provide concrete dimensions of poor vs. proper fitting.

Groups will break out and get hands on time with wheelchairs to measure both the chair and an individual’s fit within the chair. Lastly, the options for power assist will be reviewed with time to discuss the pros and cons of each device.

By the end of this course, clinicians will have an improved ability to recognise different materials associated with ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs, demonstrate understanding of how Tilite wheelchairs are measured, and how an individual’s fit to the wheelchair and access to power assist devices may impact safety, shoulder health, and function. 

 *Plan on wearing comfortable clothes that can be used to move around – many of the wheelchair measurements are easiest when taken from the floor level. If possible, please bring a (non-fabric) measuring tape or meter stick that can measure inches.

Lunch and refreshments are provided. Please email if you have any dietary requirements. 




Rachel Fabiniak received her Doctorate in Physical therapy from Emory University in 2013. Rachel joined Permobil in December 2017 as a Clinical Education Specialist for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Permobil, Rachel was a physical therapist in the Spinal Cord Injury Day Program at Shepherd Centre in Atlanta, GA.



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354 Bilsen Rd
Geebung, QLD 4034

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (AEST)

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Aidacare - APT

Aidacare is the leading provider of ward based equipment and rehabilitation products to Aged Care facilities, Hospitals, Physio and Occupational Therapists and private retail clients in Australia. We have locations across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia, and together with our Network Partners you can be sure we service your area in both Metro and Regional centres.



The Aidacare Professional Training (APT) is a national program that offers all healthcare providers, such as Allied Health Clinicians, Nurses, Case Managers, Carers and Medical Professionals the most up-to-date educational training. This is a great opportunity to build up your CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours which Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists need for the renewal of their registration each year.

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