Medifab Professional Development Academy presents: Night Time Positioning & Manual and Power Mobility

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23/08/19 Christchurch Tait Technology Centre Register


Learning Objectives

Morning Session: Sunrise Power Mobility - Presenter: Amy Bjornson

With this session, we intend to give professionals the opportunity to enhance their clinical reasoning skills in determining the optimal mobility base requirements for their clients. Medifab are delighted to offer the new Sunrise power mobility range in both paediatric and adult configurations. Amy will present this new range and offer tips for assessment and prescription. She will also cover the Quickie manual chair options on the new MOH funding lists.

Please note that Medifab's Power Mobility range will not be available in New Zealand until after the Academy. 

Afternoon Session: Night time Positioning - Presenter: Joana Santiago

Medifab have the most comprehensive selection of lying positioning devices in New Zealand, and this is in recognition that a 24 hour posture management approach is advantageous for any client with movement difficulties. Joana will take you through the fundamental principles and considerations when implementing a night time positioning program with your clients whether they be children or adults. Our full range of lying positioning products will be on site and we will have a special focus on attendees getting hands-on with the equipment to help them understand their various attributes and applications.

Sharing knowledge, problem solving strategies and analysing real case studies have been proven to build confidence. With that in mind, we will include a hands-on interactive session, and we will cover concepts such as maximising independence, pressure management, client assessment strategies, just to name a few with the goal of achieving postural and functional goals. At the end of the day, therapists will be provided with a framework for putting the knowledge presented into clinical practice immediately.

Workshops are relevant for therapists with any credential level or those anticipating qualifying for lying positioning or seating and mobility L1 and L2 accreditation.



08.30 - 09.00 Arrive for Tea and Coffee and Networking
09.00 - 10.30
  • Understanding Medifab's Power Mobility offering
10.30 - 10.50 Morning tea
10.50 - 12.00
  • Focussing on prescription
  • Hands on product experience
12.00 - 12.30 Lunch
12.30 - 3.00
  • Fundamentals of night time positioning
  • Practical considerations from the assessment to the prescription


A fantastic opportunity to hear from international presenters with decades of clinical experience. Don’t miss your chance to further your clinical knowledge for free!


Amy Bjornson

Physio, MPT, ATP, SMS.
Sunrise Medical Clinical Education Manager - Asia Pacific

Trained as a Physical Therapist in the United States, Amy has over 20 years’ experience working with the adult and pediatric neurologic populations, with specialties in the treatment of spinal cord injury, and evaluation and provision of assistive technology for clients with physical challenges. She was the director of the Seating and Mobility Clinic in Boston, MA USA and provided consultation services to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Based in Sydney, Amy currently develops and implements national and international training programs on using Assistive Technology to enhance inclusion, health and well-being in those with physical disabilities. She also serves a product improvement and development role for Sunrise Medical, Australia.

Amy focuses on providing sound solutions that create positive results, even in challenging environments. She consistently implements innovative ideas focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities. She recently spearheaded foundation of Australia’s chapter of GoBabyGo, a charitable organization dedicated to early mobility for very young children.

Amy is a dynamic speaker who has lectured extensively on seating and mobility, wound management and the physical therapy treatment of spinal cord injured clients. She has also travelled to several developing countries, learning and sharing information with their medical communities.

Amy received her ATP certification in 1995, SMS certification in 2015 and is a friend of NRRTS and a member of RESNA. She is an active member of Wheelchairs for Humanity and Health Volunteers Overseas.


Joana Santiago

Medifab Clinical Education Manager

Joana Santiago completed her training in Occupational Therapy in Portugal in 2004. She is passionate about Seating and Positioning and understands how comprehensive postural management can have a strong influence on functionality, health and the ability to lead a positive lifestyle.

Joana’s initial clinical experience enabled her to work closely with a diverse range of clients including those affected with neurological and traumatic injuries. Joana also has extensive experience working for a European supply company, assessing and supplying a wide range of Assistive Technology including aids for daily living, mobility, complex seating and positioning equipment. With a hands on and flexible approach, Joana takes pride in her ability to reach good clinical outcomes by considering the individual, cultural and social needs of those she works with.

Over the past 10 years Joana has worked within the industry in 5 different countries around the world and is excited to now be based in Australia as a Clinical Educator for Medifab, where she is able to have a positive influence on the development and supply of their extensive range of products.

Joana has presented internationally, including at the European Seating Symposium, Oceania Seating Symposium, Asia-Pacific OT Congress and Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference and throughout Australia at in-services to seating clinics, ATSA Independent Living Expo, Assistive Technology Conference of Queensland (ATQ) and Australian Assistive Technology Conference (ARATA).





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Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson, or Christchurch