Research and Training Opportunities

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The WCRC offers unique research and training opportunities for a wide variety of health workers including doctors, nurses, therapists (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists), social workers, etc.

The WCRC offers the following Research and Training opportunities:

Student placements
We offer placements for medical, nursing, physio-, occupational- and speech therapy under- and post graduate students. Students are offered the unique opportunity to experience the process of facilitating interdisciplinary rehabilitation programmes in an outcomes-based approach environment. Staff of the WCRC is committed to providing a fertile and dynamic learning environment.

As places are limited, requests should be forwarded by September of the preceding year to the following persons:

Student placement co-ordinators:
Physiotherapy: Janine White :021- 370 2478/
Occupational therapy:Jacqui.Goeller: 021-3702440 /
Social Work: Tertia McKee :021 -370 2372/
Speech therapy: Shameema Hassiem: 021-3702420/
Medical students: Dr Helen Sammons: 021- 370 2300/

Elective students from all over the world are welcome to do an elective clinical placement at the WCRC. They must contact the Head of the Institution, Jenny Hendry, at 021 370 2300/

Short courses
WCRC offers a wide variety of post-basic rehabilitation related courses and workshops, for example: the three-week basic Bobath Course in the Management of Adult Hemiplegia and the one-week advanced Bobath Course. The specialised Seating Training modules are offered on an annual basis.
Enquiries for Seating training: Nelleke Bakkes @;
Enquiries for Bobath Courses: or Nelleke on 083 290 7049.

Research opportunities
The WCRC offers unique research opportunities for under- and postgraduate students in a wide variety of health and rehabilitation- related fields. Enquiries: Jenny Hendry at 021 370 2316 -

Training in Seating : What's on offer

Basic_ programme_Professional_2014.pdf
Information_sheet_wheelchair_training _WCRC_2014.pdf


The following two videos illustrate the differences in performance of
hybrid and rural wheelchairs when used on uneven urban and peri-urban
terrain compared to that of the Basic Folding frame wheelchair.   Note
how the larger front castors and rear wheels and the long wheelbase make
propelling easier.   Note how much more stable 3 wheelers are on rough,
uneven terrain compared to 4 wheelers.   The longer wheelbase of the
rural and hybrid wheelchairs limits the weight on the front castor and
prevents if from getting stuck.   As there is less weight on the front
castor, it is easier to lift the front wheels over obstacles / rough
terrain.  Users in the Basic Folding frame become dangerously unstable
and have to be able to wheelie and balance on their rear wheel to
negotiate this kind of terrain.

Motivation World Made Wheelchair

Comparison Basic & Rural

In the following video, both users are seen using a basic folding frame
wheelchair and then repeating the same course in a more appropriate
wheelchair.     Consider the impact on function in the wheelchair by
looking at the impact of the following:
●   The longer the wheelbase, the less weight goes through the font
castor.  This makes the:
        o      Castor less likely to get stuck
        o      Wheelchair easier to push over uneven terrain.
●  This will compensate for users who do not have the skill to
●  Adds to the anterior stability of the wheelchair, i.e. the user
does not get pivoted out of the wheelchair when the front castor gets
●  Note how access to the rear wheels is restricted in basic folding
frame wheelchairs.
●  Note how the larger rear wheel on the active wheelchairs improves
mobility over rougher terrain.
●  Note how the heavier wheelchair restricts mobility in terms of the
ability to wheelie and speed going up hill and downhill.
●  Note how an appropriate wheelchair, which is well set-up, adds to
the freedom, confidence and enjoyment of the user.

Childrens Wheelchair Ergonomics

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