WHO wheelchair service Training Package|
The global launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) Wheelchair Service Training Package Intermediate (WSTP-I) took place in Cape Town from 19 – 23 August 2013. This important event in the standardisation and professionalization of wheelchair services was hosted by Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre. Twenty-one participants attended the training and represented 16 different countries around the globe including: Thailand, Mozambique, USA, Philippines, Argentine, Kenya, India, People’s Republic of China, Tanzania, Fiji, Romania, Korea, Sudan, Brazil and South Africa. There was one person from Brazil who attended as an observer. The group was diverse in terms of country and profession, as well as the roles played within intermediate level wheelchair service delivery and thus ensured lively debate and discussion, but also a suitable mix of skills during all of the interactive sessions.
A modified version of the WSTP-I was presented to accommodate the aims of the workshop. The main aim was to introduce the WSTP to a group with an already well developed understanding of intermediate wheelchair service delivery, many of whom are already trainers in this area. The focus of the training was therefore on the following aspects:
- Key concepts and key service steps
- Methodology of delivery
- Focus of the training package both in terms of contents and delivery
- To emphasize the logistical management and organization
WCRC provided the training venues for all theoretical, practical and clinical sessions and also arranged for wheelchair users to be available for all of the clinical sessions. They also provided the majority of the equipment used during the training. To ensure representation and adequate exposure to available low cost products, in addition to the locally available posture support products, a number of internationally available low cost posture support devices were imported, loaned or brought with by participants.
The global launch was an important event in setting a uniform global standard in the approach to providing better wheelchair services to persons with postural deviations and will be a positive catalyst for change in this field.