Spinal Life Australia occupational therapist Lauren Reid has seen first-hand how advancements in technology can increase the quality of life for people living with a disability.
Lauren will be discussing her experiences during a presentation at this week’s 2017 Assistive Technology Queensland Conference and Exhibition, a three-day event which focuses on assistive technologies designed to help people with disabilities live life to the fullest.
Lauren said she will be using the exhibition to showcase how innovations in technology can help people get back to work after a spinal injury.
“I will be presenting a case study on one of our clients, a Queensland farmer who received a serious spinal injury and wasn’t sure if he’d be able to continue working at his property,” she said.
“Thanks to equipment like his all-terrain Action Trackstander powerchair, an off-road utility vehicle and custom-made riding boots and saddle, our client has been able to continue work on the farm and has even been able to continue to ride horses.
“As everyone’s situation is different, it’s important to identify the right equipment to help our clients live their desired lifestyle or continue working in their industry.”
Lauren, who is part of our Allied Health team, said the client also received support from our Back2Work program which operates within the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Spinal Injuries Unit.
Back2Work is an early intervention vocational rehabilitation program that supports people with newly-acquired spinal cord injuries to return to work and offers advice to employers about workplace modifications and available government funding.
The Assistive Technology Queensland Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre from 8-10 November.
The exhibition will showcase achievements and explore challenges faced with assistive technology and how it can be used to enhance quality of life for people with a disability.
The conference will also discuss how this technology can be funded with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Queensland.
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