Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre, for Persons with Physical Disabilities - news views

By: Wcrc  11-11-2011

3 August 2011

The Department of Health, inclusive of the WCRC celebrated the successful development of a comprehensive range of training materials for a Basic Wheelchair Service Delivery course and the competency of their staff as presenters and facilitators of this material at a Certificate Ceremony at WCRC. This was also an opportunity to celebrate the various role players’ achievement as a team.

The following certificates were handed out:

- Trainer of the Basic (professional Course)

- Contributor to the Development of the Basic (Professional Course) and the Training of Trainers

- Course Developer and Competency Assessor of the Basic (Professional Course)

Background to the collaboration and project:

In 2006, the Western Cape Department of Health and the Motivation Charitable Trust (United Kingdom Non-profit Organization; Section 21 Company in South Africa) formalized a 3-year agreement to implement a Disability Empowerment Programme. This contract was renewed in 2009, for another 3 years. The Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre (WCRC) represented the Department as implementing agent, and also provided relevant facilities and other resources. Motivation was represented by the Motivation Africa team. A South African Non-Governmental Organization, Empowerment through Partnership Trust (ETPT)/ Uhambo was a third partner in the programme.

Amongst other goals, the programme has focused on the following areas of collaboration:

The development of a comprehensive range of training materials for a Basic Wheelchair Service Delivery course;

The training of competent Seating Trainers, through participation in, and delivery of, training courses at the WCRC.

During the 2007 – 2010 period, a Basic Wheelchair Service Delivery course has been developed, and, apart from the initial course developers, presenters were trained during a Training-of-Trainers project. These courses are now being presented at the WCRC on an ongoing basis, for therapists at all levels of health services, both in the Western Cape and other provinces.

Training of trainers: Basic professional wheelchair and seating services Courses- Way Forward?

Elsje Scheffler commented on the way forward as follows:

Since the training programme for trainers of the Basic professional wheelchair and seating services courses within the Western Cape Department of Health has ended with the termination of the initial project, training of new trainers are on hold. Various avenues have been already been investigated and negotiations with Stellenbosch University will start anew in an attempt to find a base for the training of trainers and the further development of the courses. Article 20 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities focuses on Personal Mobility. The World Health Organization has decided to initiate a global alliance which will focus on assistive technology and research in the field of personal mobility to realise the rights of persons with disabilities. The University with its current focus on development of a Rural Clinical School, seems to be a likely base to link research, service delivery and training in the field of personal mobility and wheelchairs. 


Back row (left to right):

Dr Linda Hering Carin Ireton (Head: Therapeutic Services, WCRC)

Dietlind Gretschel (Chief Physiotherapist, WCRC)

Shona McDonald (Director: Uhambo)

Faatima Ebrahim-Abbas (Uhambo)

Christine Cornick (Regional Director: Motivation Charitable Trust Africa)

Front row (left to right):

Mark Matthys (Physiotherapist, WCRC)

Elsje Scheffler (DareConsult)

Andrea Trout-Daniels (Acting Chief Physiotherapist, WCRC)

Nicky Seymour (Clinical Manager: Motivation Charitable Trust Africa)

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