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Wheelchair Donations: Is Something Better Than Nothing?

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Wheelchair Donations: Is Something Better Than Nothing?

  1. 1. 2014 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Is something better than nothing?
  2. 2. Is something better than nothing? An opportunity to debate the issue of ‘appropriate wheelchair provision’ and reach conclusions.
  3. 3. • Format: – Introductions – Presentations from our speakers – Group discussion – Plenary conclusions Session introduction • Purpose: To reach conclusions regarding the way forward for Rotary wheelchair donation projects
  4. 4. Vision and mission Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with mobility disabilities in the Asia Pacific Region. Motivation Australia's vision is of a world that promotes everyone’s right to mobility and inclusion. This image cannot currently be displayed. This image cannot currently be displayed.
  5. 5. • After 2 days of discussion, delegates concluded (amongst a long list): – The WHO Guidelines are an important tool – and should be used to guide all stakeholders in issues related to wheelchair provision; – Donated wheelchairs should be ‘appropriate’ – Prior to the donation of wheelchairs, there should be consultation between the stakeholders (including: user representatives, service providers and the donor organisation) to determine whether the wheelchairs are appropriate and service delivery systems are in place. Wheelchair consensus symposium conclusions
  7. 7. What happens when there is no service?
  8. 8. • Partners: PNG Service provider and Disabled Persons Organisation • Key actions: – Introducing a range of appropriate wheelchairs – Building service delivery capacity – Training personnel - WHO WSTP + mentoring – Increase awareness and National guidelines Access to Mobility project, PNG
  9. 9. The benefits of an appropriate wheelchair
  10. 10. Clarifying questions?
  11. 11. 1. Can Rotary do more to meet the need for appropriate wheelchairs in developing countries? 2. If yes: Should Rotary wheelchair projects align with the recommendations in the WHO Guidelines? 3. If yes: What actions or strategies are needed? Small group discussion