Mobility Clinic 2015
On Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September, Össur hosted the very first Amputee Mobility Clinic in Australia. Held in sunny Brisbane, the event combined a mix of presentations and physical activities as well as opportunities for participants to connect with other amputees of all ages and abilities.
Over both days, we saw 62 adults and 15 children participating from across Australia enjoying the chance to build overall mobility skills under the guidance of the world's leading expert in amputee rehabilitation, Professor Bob Gailey from the University of Miami. Together with physiotherapists, prosthetists, family, friends, Össur staff and partners, we totalled over 150 attendees!
Bob took the time to get to know each participant and provide them with personal advice and encouragement. Hearing Bob say "you can do it", "don't be afraid to try" and "well done, I knew you would achieve that" to individuals illustrated not only Bob's interest in each participant but highlighted the intimacy of the event.
Attending physiotherapists, prosthetists, Össur champions and parents had the opportunity to build upon their own knowledge and work one-on-one with adult amputees and children with limb differences. Over the course of the two-day event, improvements in mobility, balance, speed and confidence became evident amongst all participants. As one therapist said "I feel so privileged to have been part of this event, support amputees, meet new people and learn some new tips I can use when working with my patients too".
With the help of PnO Data Solutions, individual videos were taken of participants enabling Bob to personally evaluate each individual's gait pattern. Bob then provided each person with tips and exercises aimed at enhancing their mobility, walking, balance and/or running skills. When reviewing the videos of children, Bob was in awe of what he witnessed. Bob remarked that "my American counterparts should be nervous about the future Australian Paralympian Team, as there are many children and young people here who already possess the skills to become Paralympic champions of the future".
The event also attracted some local media, including JuicedTV, a TV show for the kids in the nearby hospital, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. 'Juiced TV' films and broadcasts 30 minute kids TV shows at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Patients and siblings are the stars of the programs - hosting and interviewing in each segment, while also helping to produce content.
At the conclusion of the event, all attendees participated in a cheeky game of indoor basketball, followed by a presentation ceremony where two lucky attendees received an Össur Running foot.
Overall, the 2-day event was a huge success. Thank you to each and every person who joined and participated in such an amazing experience. We are already planning Mobility Clinics for 2016!
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