in Palmerston North September 12 - 13, 2008
Keynote Speaker: 'Jega' Gnanalechumy Jegasothy
Senior Physiotherapist, Royal Perth Hospital, West Australia
Senior Physiotherapist
Royal Perth Hospital, West Australia
Dr Jurian de Groot
Director, Palmerston North
DHB Rehabilitation Centre
David Guest
Manager of Enable New Zealand
Melanie Trevethick
was the Dinner keynote speaker. She spoke about her campaign to see equity in funding between ACC and MOH funding.
At this conference Jega gave a spirited sequence of presentations on her work in Perth WA, ranging from how the Assessment Centre was established to how individuals are assessed at the centre. Her work is to assess individual patient’s needs, and then to refer the patient to the most effective services available. So each person gets a customized programme suited to their individual situation.
Jega showed her mettle on the second day when she assessed three volunteers. Some of the questions expressed profound insight....”Was it pain or muscle weakness that caused you to fall?”.... indicating whether pain control or mechanical assistance was the issue. She expertly told if existing muscles could be strengthened by simple exercise; and what the benefit of the outcome would be (eg better stability). Her emphasis on starting for short periods (as small as 15 seconds) a day and building up to longer times showed an empathy with the limits of those with disability. Exercise should never create fatigue. Finding the balance between the positive benefits of being fit, and overuse which causes fatigue, is the challenge facing all polios and their support network.
Jega spent considerable effort in the hydrotherapy pool demonstrating how effective strengthening exercise could be achieved in the buoyant medium.
10.15 - 12.30 1: Jega "Late Effects of Disability Clinic"
2: Jega "Maximising the Quality of Life"
1.30 - 4.00 3: Dr Jurian de Groot "Post Polio Rehab & Pacing"
4: David Guest "Equipment & Modification Services"
Saturday 13th SESSION TITLE
9.30 - 12.30 5: Jega "Practical Assessment 1"
6: Jega "Practical Assessment 2"
1.00 - 2.00 .
7: Jega "Practical Hydrotherapy" . PPS08-D4

DVD sets supplied 4 disks in one folder
Comes with CD containing Powerpoints and other files
Set of 4 DVDs

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see also recordings from the Post Polio Conferences in: 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013

Videos are provided in PAL standard (for NZ, Australia, UK etc)
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