Facing Adversity: Life with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) - By Ian Walker

05 June 2020

You may have a great career, be in a loving relationship, partaking in activities you are passionate about, in essence, life is progressing well for you. Then in a split second, it is all turned upside down! 

In 2006 I became a paraplegic after breaking my back in a cycling accident and then in 2019 I became a quadriplegic when run over by a 4WD while out handcycling. How did I manage to not only face but also come through these adversities? 

Celebrating Disability in Film - By Susan Seipel

13 May 2020

While we are all staying home to protect each other from the spread of COVID-19, what better time than now to enjoy a movie marathon. These titles feature a protagonist that has a disability and storylines that empower people with disabilities. As society becomes more inclusive, so should representation of disability in film. What other films can you recommend that show people living with disabilities in a positive way? 

37 Seconds(2020) Drama

Powered Mobility - A Practical Approach to Environmental Challenges – by Helen Widdowson, OT

07 May 2020

When it comes to prescribing powered wheelchairs there are many factors that need to be considered, one of which is the environment. When there are several environments in the mix, all with very different demands on the user and the chair, finding the right powered wheelchair can be tricky.

Take Sam* for example; at the time of assessment he was a young adult diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, living with his family. 

Music as Therapy - by Jess Cochran

01 May 2020

My voice started off meek like a mouse, wavering, faltering, trying desperately to hide behind the strum of the guitar. As the weeks passed and with each session, my voice grew stronger, louder, more confident and I began to open up about what each song meant to me and the emotions that came bubbling to the surface with the memories that they stirred.

Looking to the other side of COVID-19 – by Geoff Trappett OAM

17 April 2020

What will COVID-19 and all the experiences it has brought us force you to change when we finally emerge?

Plenty has changed for all of us during the past few months. As Eliza Ault-Connell AM said in her recent Invacare blog on living through COVID-19 These indeed are challenging times for everyone on the planet. The simple things we took for granted before the rapid rise of COVID-19 like being able to pop to the shops or meet a friend for a coffee... and adjusting the way we live, work and play.”

Living through COVID-19 with a disability – by Eliza Ault-Connell AM

06 April 2020

That which doesn’t break you reinvents you. 

These words have played over and over in my head these last few days as I navigate the online learning system with three primary school-age children whilst also working from home and training for the Tokyo games next year. 

These indeed are challenging times for everyone on the planet. The simple things we took for granted before the rapid rise of COVID-19 like being able to pop to the shops or meet a friend for a coffee... and adjusting the way we live, work and play.

Getting Creative with Adaptive Mobility Equipment Solutions in Complex Cases – by Geoff Edwards, OT

19 March 2020

Having recently started work with Invacare as a Field Sales Consultant (with an emphasis on mobility and seating), here are some recent examples of successful adaptive equipment solutions our team has identified whilst working in the community.

COVID-19 – Invacare Australia and Invacare New Zealand Operational Update

19 March 2020

Dear Invacare Customers, 
Invacare continues to monitor the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) via the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Australian Government Department of Health as well as the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO).  The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly changing, and we will continue to monitor its status and impact to our customers.  We will keep communication channels open and will relay necessary information as it becomes available.

University with a Disability - by Alicia Kapa

16 March 2020

Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to do something with my life, I just didn’t know what. When I was in year 12 at school I decided I wanted to work with young people who have been caught up in the justice system. I am going into my fourth year at university and this is what it is like going to uni in a wheelchair. 

Where There's A Wheel, There's Always A Way - by Marlena Katene

27 February 2020

Is 2020 the year that you plan the holiday that you always dreamt of? 

Travelling with a wheelchair is an experience in itself.  Some places are easy, some are hard and some are just downright impossible. Sometimes Google will help and sometimes it will annoy you or give inaccurate information. 

Here are my top five travel tips that I found while travelling the world in a wheelchair. These simple tips will get you on your way to having the holiday that you are dreaming about.