Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Can attendance at an Expo count towards ongoing professional development?
The past 14 months have brought many challenges to the way we learn, interact and access seating and wheelchairs. Online platforms and virtual education have been embraced and provided opportunities for all therapists including those who often miss out due to remote locations and high caseloads. However, there is nothing like being able to interact and try equipment to fully understand the capacity of the technology!
As we move towards the “new norm” we are excited to be involved in the return of the Assistive Technology Association Expos and Clinical Education program on both sides of the Tasman. Both these events follow a similar format with a large exhibition featuring the latest and greatest AT solutions all under one roof alongside clinical workshops and presentations.
It is important for therapists attending to remember if you are claiming the hours towards ongoing competency requirements that just attending a workshop or presentation isn’t necessarily meeting the requirements. Clinicians need to relate the content back to both their scope of practice and personal learning goals. One of the benefits of having an expo alongside a program is the ability to consolidate and apply some of the clinical concepts to the equipment on display. Whilst there are some fundamental similarities between products there are also differences that we need to consider when identifying potential solutions that will meet the individual functional needs of an end user. It is a great opportunity to compare different potential solutions and stay up to date with the latest features and technological advancements. Along with our Product Specialists our Clinical Education Specialists will be on stand at both the Australian and New Zealand events and welcome you to stop by with any questions if you are attending.
These events are valuable not just to prescribing clinicians, end users and those that support individuals with an impairment can also find value from both the clinical program and talking to suppliers, manufacturers, and service providers. comparing.
Melbourne will be the first to kick off. The Australian ATSA have events in 3 states this year, Victoria, Western Australia, and ACT. The clinical education program is available for Melbourne and Perth events and Rachael Fabiniak and myself are both presenting and will be on the expo stand to assist with any queries throughout the events. You can register online for these free events. See ATSA website for the complete programme.
Melbourne - Tuesday 17 May 2021
Melbourne - Wednesday 18 May 2021
Perth Wednesday 26 May 2021
New Zealand is not missing out with a similar opportunity in July! This will be held Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 July 2021 at the Sir Woolf Fisher Arena, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, Auckland New Zealand. Rachael Maher will be on stand throughout the event and Rachael Fabiniak and myself will be streaming live from Australia. Their full program is available here.
Tuesday 6 July 2021
Wednesday 7 July 2021
If you are unable to attend either of these free events but are interested in any of these workshops or other clinical education opportunities, please reach out to us at Education.APAC@Permobil.com or your local Permobil Educator.
This year also sees the return of the Oceania Seating Symposium. This is a hybrid event to enable presentations from seating experts from around the globe to still present their latest research, findings and all things seating related and a great opportunity for those clinicians that want to further develop their knowledge around seating and mobility. This Symposium is hosted by Seating to Go under the umbrella of the International Seating Symposium and Pittsburgh university further information can be found here http://oceaniaseatingsymposium.com/welcome/ (Link)
With all these events and opportunities,Can attendance at an Expo count towards ongoing professional development? Yes, if it matches your development goals, just remember to keep it purposeful if you are planning on claiming these hours. If you are at any of these events stop by our stand and say hello, we would love to see you!
Tracee-Lee Maginnity joined Permobil Australia in July 2019, as a Clinical Education Specialist. She graduated Auckland University of Technology with a BHSc (Occupational Therapy) in 2003 and has since worked in various roles related to seating and mobility including assessing, prescribing and educating.
Tracee-Lee is passionate about maximising functional outcomes with end users and the importance of education within the industry.