Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

World Diabetes Day – Occupational Therapy

Diabetes

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of sugar glucose in the blood.  This occurs when the pancreas does not provide adequate insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar), or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. There are 3 main types of diabetes, which include:…

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Spinal Cord Injury and Assistive Technology

Wheelchair

Living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to independently participate in everyday activities. Read more about Spinal Cord Injury here > One of the ways that Occupational Therapists (OT) can assist those with a SCI improve their independence and participation, is through the prescription of equipment…

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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

What is spinal cord injury? A spinal cord injury (SCI) is caused from damage to the spinal cord which results in a loss of movement and sensation below the level of the injury.  Spinal cord injury can occur when the spinal cord is severed, compressed or bruised which disrupts blood and oxygen supply. SCI can…

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Stroke Effects and Recovery

Stroke

What is a stroke caused by? A stroke is a medical condition caused by the disruption of blood supply to the brain; either via: a broken or burst blood vessel …this is called a haemorrhagic stroke; or by a blood vessel being blocked by a clot …this is called an ischaemic stroke. This disruption of…

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Autism NDIS Treatment Overview

Autism

Did you know: The prevalence of Autism in Australia has risen from 1 in 100 to 1 in 70 people.  So, does this mean Autism is on the rise in Australia? Not necessarily – find out why, and how NDIS funding can be used to help adults with ASD. What is Autism? Autism, or Autism…

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Managing Cancer

Cancer

Why cancer research is important. The latest statistics from the Australian Cancer Council report over 140,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year alone, with 1 in 2 Australian men and women expected to be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Which cancer is most common? Non-melanoma skin cancer is believed to be the most prevalent diagnosis in Australia.…

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Case Study – Power Wheelchair

Power Wheelchair

Meet one of our participants with a great assistive technology outcome. Mrs. J is a local Sunshine Coast participant.  She was referred to SSRG for a new power wheelchair and pressure cushion through NDIS. At the time of the referral, Mrs. J had an aged standard manual wheelchair and a foam cushion which was no…

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Wheelchair Scripting

Wheelchair Scripting

What wheelchair is right for me? Wheelchairs are far more than just a means of transport.  Whether you are a part time or full-time wheelchair user, there are things that need to be done to make sure that your wheelchair is going to suit your individual needs.  In a real sense, a wheelchair is an…

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Global MND Awareness Day

Maximising Your Independence with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. Gradually, messages stop reaching the muscles, which in turn leads to weakness and wasting of these muscles. Not all MND symptoms necessarily happen to everyone…

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