Expert assistance at St Giles

MAKING A STAND: Andrew Gardeen of Easystand demonstrates a stander with St Giles physiotherapist Tracey Redman and St Giles seating engineer David Lowe.

MAKING A STAND: Andrew Gardeen of Easystand demonstrates a stander with St Giles physiotherapist Tracey Redman and St Giles seating engineer David Lowe.

St Giles Rehabilitation Centre welcomed some very special guests on Thursday morning, with three international assistive technology experts presenting a workshop.

Andrew Gardeen (US), Girvan McCorkell (Ireland) and Cathy Mullholland (US) are in Australia for the Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia Independent Living Expo to be held next week, and were invited to visit St Giles Rehab by Technology Distribution and Tas Wheelchairs.

The trio provided the St Giles therapy teams with information on a range of assisted technology such as headpods, eye gaze (communication device) users, and walkers/standers for children and adults with a disability.

Mr McCorkell said he was pleased to explain the thinking behind his mobility stander, The Buddy Roamer.

“There is no one product that suits every child,” he said.

There is no one product that suits every child - Girvan McCorkall

“The information that I am passing on will hopefully help members of the team to make sensible decisions in deciding what product is right for a child.”

Mrs Mulholland said there were multiple benefits for people in wheelchairs to stand upright.

“Aside from the obvious mobility and physical advantages, there is also a social aspect to it,” she said. 

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