Workshop aims to upskill social welfare officers on wheelchair assessment

Participants of the week-long training with their instructors. Picture: SUPPLIED

TWENTY-SEVEN participants from various ministries and social welfare department are taking part in the in a week-long wheelchair service training by the Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ physiotherapy academic team at the College’s Pasifika Campus.
FNU Head of Department of Physiology and Physiotherapy, Venasio Ramabuke in a statement said “The workshop is organised in conjunction with Spinal Injury Association and it aims to up skill social welfare officers on wheelchair assessment and prescription standards.”

Ramabuke said the department was excited to run this training as part of their community engagement activities.

Irinieta Macunaqio, a lecturer with the department, said this was the first time such training was provided to representatives from government departments that dealt with people living with disabilities.

“It is a good opportunity for them to come and learn the proper techniques of handling assistive devices.”

A representative from the Department of Social Welfare and Disability Unit, Niumai Marama, travelled from Labasa to undergo this training.

“This training is essential to me with regards to the work I do. This will enable me to better my service delivery to my clients,” Marama said.

She said she would be keen to be part of more training that enhanced her skills in assisting people living with disabilities.