DME

Permobil Academy

Empowering you to do more

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Education Courses

You play an important role in ensuring your clients have the right equipment that’s fitted to their needs, their conditions and their lifestyles. The Permobil Academy exists to give you the support and guidance you need to be the best possible resource for your clients. In addition to the courses offered below we can tailor learning module on the topics you need.

For more details, contact your local Territory Sales Manager or email paul.vanheeckeren@permobil.com 

 

About our Clinical Education Specialist:                                                                             

Rachel Fabiniak PT, DPT 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 Center in Atlanta, GA.

 

Rachel Fabiniak PT, DPT

 

 

To Delivery and Beyond: Raising the bar for functional outcomes

General Overview:

The process of CRT Service delivery often focuses on initial evaluation, objective measures and understanding how to justify and procurement of the recommended equipment. Research has shown that during the evaluation process, involving all team members produces the best equipment selection. However, the next steps which include delivery and fitting, follow-up and maintenance, as well as clinical outcomes are often overlooked as requiring team involvement. When fulfilling the entire wheelchair provision plan of care, there is often a lack of attention to what happens next. Following this course, the participants will be able to perform the necessary requirements of the delivery process, from final fitting to programming. The participant will be familiar with recommendations for outcome based measurements to best document the process of obtaining the wheelchair and its maximum benefit to the end user.

 

Reasonable and Necessary: A look into custom manual and power wheelchairs

General Overview:

Clinicians and providers must understand how to empower their clients with choices of the best rehab technology solutions for clients’ long-term health, function and participation – as well as to keep their practice current with today’s technology. This presentation will apply evidence and case examples to illustrate steps to best outcomes, as well as charting a path to optimal recommendations and documenting so that individual client’s needs are clearly linked with the technology recommended.

 

Material Matters: The substance and design of seating components

General Overview:

The materials used in complex rehab technology (CRT) are sophisticated and varied. Clinicians and ATPs recommend CRT for their clients every day, and the composition of this equipment has a direct impact on the clients’ health, functional performance, physical experience and overall quality of life. Clinical decision making should include a more in depth understanding of the materials that make up the equipment selected. Yet, many clinicians and ATPs have had a lack of extensive training and experience with these materials due to insufficient emphasis in current trainings and courses, productivity demands of the rehab clinic and an ever-changing industry involving improving technologies and materials. This lecture will address how materials are designed, used and combined in CRT to improve the lives of clients and provide a comprehensive look at materials that are typically incorporated into power wheelchairs. Materials such as plastics, rubbers, gels, steel, aluminium and copper will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the complexities and variations that exist within these deceptively general material descriptions. By the end of the course, clinicians will have an improved ability to recognise different materials associated with individually configured power wheelchair design and be able to discuss significant advantages and disadvantages of each material.

 

Material Matters: The substance and design of custom power wheelchairs

General Overview:

The materials used in complex rehab technology (CRT) are sophisticated and varied. Clinicians and ATPs recommend CRT for their clients every day, and the composition of this equipment has a direct impact on the clients’ health, functional performance, physical experience and overall quality of life. Clinical decision making should include a more in depth understanding of the materials that make up the equipment selected. Yet, many clinicians and ATPs have had a lack of extensive training and experience with these materials due to insufficient emphasis in current trainings and courses, productivity demands of the rehab clinic, and an ever-changing industry involving improving technologies and materials. This lecture will address how materials are designed, used and combined in CRT to improve the lives of clients and provide a comprehensive look at materials that are typically incorporated into power wheelchairs. Materials such as plastics, rubbers, gels, steel, aluminium and copper will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the complexities and variations that exist within these deceptively general material descriptions. By the end of the course, clinicians will have an improved ability to recognize different materials associated with individually configured power wheelchair design and be able to discuss significant advantages and disadvantages of each material.

 

Material Matters: The substance and design of custom manual wheelchairs

General Overview:

The materials used in complex rehab technology (CRT) are sophisticated and varied. Clinicians and ATPs recommend CRT for their patients every day, and the composition of this equipment has a direct impact on the patients’ health, functional performance, physical experience, and overall quality of life. Clinical decision making should include a more in depth understanding of the materials that make up the equipment selected. Yet, many clinicians and ATPs have had a lack of in-depth training and experience with these materials due to insufficient emphasis in current trainings and courses, productivity demands of the clinic, and an ever-changing industry involving improving technologies and materials. This lecture will address how materials are designed, used and combined in CRT to improve the lives of wheelchair end-users and to provide an extensive look at materials that are typically incorporated into manual wheelchairs. Materials such as plastics, steel, aluminium, titanium and carbon fiber will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the complexities and variations that exist within these deceptively general material descriptions. By the end of the course, clinicians and providers will have an improved ability to recognize different materials associated with individually configured ultra-lightweight manual wheelchair design and be able to discuss significant advantages and disadvantages of each material.

 

Learning Through Moving: Paediatric wheeled mobility

General Overview:

When is the right time for introducing paediatric mobility equipment? How does one choose a device to maximize a child’s safety, independence and exploration? What equipment options allow for growing bodies and changing skills? This course aims to address these questions and help the audience understand and articulate a child’s skills and abilities, prior to prescribing a piece of wheeled mobility equipment. Paediatric mobility issues can be extremely complex, and families often have reservation regarding their use. Through a review of the current research and various case examples, this two-hour course will highlight the importance of providing access to independent mobility to maximize a child’s cognitive, perceptual and socialization skills. Current equipment options, including low-tech and high-tech options for mobility will be discussed. Strategies of training mobility skills for both power and manual wheelchair use will be discussed. Additionally, methods of optimizing the fit of a manual mobility device for a growing client will be detailed. Time will be allotted for audience participation and discussion.

 

Acquired Brain Injury: Meeting wheeled mobility needs

General Overview:

Functional mobility following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) varies significantly from person to person. The role of the clinical team, in conjunction with the client and family, is to establish a means of mobility that enhances independence and function. Often, this results in the need for a wheeled mobility device. While there is limited evidence available on the topic of wheeled mobility and ABI, it is clear that independent mobility is a predictor of quality of life post ABI. The team must maximize safe and efficient mobility, while considering the cognitive, visual, fatigue, and postural factors often present in this population.

This course will discuss wheeled mobility post ABI including common postural impairments, as well as safety and cognitive considerations. Manual wheelchair configuration for optimizing independent mobility in this population will be reviewed. Additionally, this course will discuss the necessity of introducing power assist and powered mobility options when an optimized manual mobility device is not efficient or functional for a client. Factors for determining safe and independent use of power mobility will be discussed including training strategies to maximize success when working with individuals with cognitive and visual deficits. Participants will leave the course with immediately applicable strategies for maximizing independence in functional mobility post ABI.