Wheelchair Consensus Symposium, Sept 25-26, 2008, Asia-Pacific Region
The Wheelchair Consensus Symposium is being held September 25-26, 2008, to discuss approaches to providing wheelchairs in low-resource settings within the Asian-Pacific region. The conference is being held at the University of South Australia.
For more detail on how to register for the conference, costs, visa applications, etc., please follow the link to the conference website at
Questions about the event can be directed to:
Kylie Mines, Motivation Australia
Telephone: 08 8556 4423
The following detail is taken from the Wheelchair Consensus Symposium website:
For people with a mobility disability, provision of a wheelchair which meets their physical, lifestyle and environmental needs can enable vastly improved health, social and economic well being.
However, an estimated 20 million people living in low income countries require a wheelchair and do not have one.
Recognising the important role Australian organisations can play in working to address this need, Motivation Australia, the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the National Committee on Rehabilitation Engineering are co-presenting the Wheelchair Consensus Symposium. The Symposium will draw together stakeholders in disability and development in less resourced settings in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, to:
- Introduce the WHO Guidelines on the Provision of Manual Wheelchairs in Less Resourced Settings
- Increase awareness of the need for appropriate mobility equipment for people with physical disabilities
- Share information and programme approaches to the provision of appropriate wheelchairs
- Increase collaboration between stakeholders in order to increase effectiveness
- Develop consensus on future approaches to wheelchair provision in the region
This event will be held over two days, with day one as plenary sessions, and day two break-out sessions for stakeholders, to discuss key issues and suggest strategies.
Themes of the Symposium will be:
- wheelchair design and production
- wheelchair services
- training of local staff
- roles of Australian stakeholders
The Wheelchair Consensus Symposium is supported by AusAID through the International Seminar Support Scheme.
We Can Do readers who are interested in wheelchair provision in low-income countries may also wish to learn more about the organization Whirlwind Wheelchair International, which helps train local people to build, repair and sell their own wheelchairs designed to meet local conditions, with all local materials.
Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for circulating a notice about this conference; I gathered additional information and some of the text at the conference website.
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