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Crystal Ball Wanted…Prescribing Wheelchairs for People with Progressive Conditions

By Ashleigh Haskins

One of the hardest parts of wheelchair prescription is working out what a person needs in the wheelchair for the years to come. For most people, we need the wheelchair to last approximately five...

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Exploring the Programmable Parameters of Power Wheelchairs

By Ashleigh Haskins

Programming your power wheelchair for optimal driving can make all the difference in improving independence and safety. From speed and manoeuvrability, power wheelchairs can be programmed to suit a...

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Exploring the Best Fit: Rear, Mid or Front Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

By Ashleigh Haskins

One of the most significant considerations when selecting the right power wheelchair is the drive wheel position. The drive wheel, which is the larger wheel when viewing the wheelchair, holds...

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Standing Tall: Examining the Evidence for Standing Power Wheelchairs

By Ashleigh Haskins

Many of us have come across news articles and research discussing the detrimental effects of prolonged sitting on our health. The risks associated with extended sedentary behaviour are widely...

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What are we actually sitting on?

By Ashleigh Haskins

As wheelchair and seating clinicians, we're no strangers to the risks of pressure injuries that can arise when soft tissue remains compressed against a surface for too long. We invest significant...

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Oh what’s in a frame? Comparing aluminium, titanium, carbon fibre and magnesium

By Ashleigh Haskins

When it comes to wheelchair frames, selecting the right material is crucial for ensuring durability, strength, and overall performance. Today, we delve into the fascinating world of wheelchair frame...

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Tips for Introducing Powered Mobility to Children

By Ashleigh Haskins

Introducing powered mobility to children can be quite daunting and is usually a nervous time for both clinicians and families. Clinicians want any introduction to be successful to maximise a child’s...

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Why are MAT Assessments so important when assessing for seating and mobility?

By Ashleigh Haskins

A MAT assessment, or MAT evaluation, is commonly used by seating clinicians as part of the seating and mobility assessment process. But for some clinicians, it can be tempting to skip the MAT...

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Understanding Australian Car Seat Standards

By Ashleigh Haskins

Getting to grips with the regulations regarding child restraint systems in Australia can be difficult. We usually want to refer to the relevant Australian Standards, but the current Australian...

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A Guide to Power Assist Devices

By Ashleigh Haskins

A power assist device is a motorised accessory that can be attached to a manual wheelchair. It allows a wheelchair user to propel with less energy expenditure. The motor in the power assist device...

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