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Assistive Technology Continuing Professional Development Program

CQUniversity has partnered with SWEP (State Wide Equipment Program) to develop and deliver a professional development and competency assessment program for new and existing  SWEP  allied health prescribers. This program is also available for allied health professionals who do not prescribe for SWEP, but wish to supplement their knowledge and skills in assistive technology prescription. All workshops are CPD activities in respect to AHPRA registration.

The program offers full & half day educational workshops at the Introductory (Green) and Advanced (Amber/Red) levels. The Introductory (Green) workshop is a requirement for therapist before applying to become a SWEP prescriber. The Advanced Workshops are focused on more specialised assistive technology and complex clients. The workshops will be delivered by clinical and educational experts. Each workshop has a limited number of participants and two staff members to ensure a high quality educational  experience.  All workshops are interactive and practical and involve trialing and prescribing equipment using a range of case studies. Advanced level workshops also include competency assessment.

The CQUniversity continuing professional development workshops offered under the CQU-SWEP assistive technology (AT) program are grouped together (Clusters) based on activities of daily living (ADL) and targeted competencies that are reviewed by SWEP when prescribers apply for up-grading or re-credentialing.

Please note that each workshop within a Cluster is independent and may cover a number of SWEP assistive technology categories. Hence, when applying to SWEP for up-grading or re-credentialing in an assistive technology category, completing one workshop in a particular cluster does not necessarily apply to the other AT categories within the cluster.

The CQU-SWEP workshops offered are listed below:

CQU-SWEP workshops

Workshops in Wheelchairs and Scooters (Cluster 1a)
  1. Wheelchairs and Scooter for Adults - Amber level (30 SWEP CPD points)
  2. Wheelchairs for Children (30 SWEP points)
Workshops in Wheelchairs (Cluster 1b)
  1. Wheelchairs for Adults - Red Level (30 SWEP CPD points)
Workshops in Personal Care and Seating (Cluster 2)
  1. Bathing, Toileting and Seating for Adults (30 SWEP CPD points)
  2. Bathing, Toileting and Seating for Children (30 SWEP CPD points)
  3. Beds and Mattress for Adults and Children (30 SWEP CPD points)
Workshops in Client Handling (Cluster 3)
  1. Transfers for Adults (30 SWEP CPD points)
  2. Manual Handling (15 SWEP CPD points)
Workshops that stand alone
  1. Vehicle Modifications  (30 SWEP CPD points)
  2. Advanced Mobility Aids (30 SWEP CPD points)
  3. Powered Mobility Training (30 SWEP CPD points)
  4. Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation Course (2 week CQU-Swinburne program; 30 SWEP CPD points)
  5. Manual Assessment Tool – MAT (15 SWEP CPD points)

For further information about SWEP Registration and Credentialing Framework, please visit the SWEP website at https://swep.bhs.org.au/.

For enquiries, please email cqu-swep@cqu.edu.au

 Level and TopicDescriptionCostDates
Introductory: Assistive Technology Education
(Full day)

This is a one day workshop for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists and is a requirement prior to applying to become a SWEP prescriber. In addition to addressing SWEP requirements for Green prescribes and clinical considerations when prescribing assistive technology, it is also a CPD activity in respect to AHPRA registration.

To find out more information about these workshops and to register, please click here.

$365 (includes GST) or $295 (includes GST & $70 SWEP discount for therapists who completed their final year of study in 2015 & 2016).

  • Friday, 21 July 2017 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Friday, 11 August 2017 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Friday, 22 September 2017 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Friday, 27 October 2017 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Friday,  8 December 2017 9.30am-4.30pm
Manual Assessment Tool (MAT)
(Half day)

This is a practical 1/2 day workshop whereby therapist will learn to undertake a physical assessment of the client to provide the information required for recommending and prescribing seating and wheelchairs. It is particularly relevant to SWEP green prescribers and new occupational therapy and physiotherapy graduates. This workshop is highly recommended for therapist wishing to undertake advanced seating and wheelchair workshops offered through the SWEP/CQU program.

To find out more information about these workshops and to register, please click here.

$170 (includes GST)

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 9.30am

Advanced: Advanced Adult bathing, Toileting and Seating
(Full day)

This is a one day workshop will cover issues including: SWEP expectations of Amber/Red prescribers in bathing, toileting and seating prescription; developing clinical reasoning and decision making skills in prescribing bathing, toileting and (non-wheelchair/scooter) seating; understanding the relevance and application of legislation and standards in assistive technology prescription; developing skills in bathing, toileting and seating equipment prescriptions at an advanced level; accessing resources and research to support bathing, toileting and seating recommendations. A variety of bathing, toileting and seating equipment with be demonstrated and trialled. The workshop is presented by Sarah Macniel an specialist Occupational Therapist and SWEP clinical Adviser.

To find out more information about these workshops and to register, please click here.

$365  (includes GST)

Thursday, 7 September 2017, 9.30am

Wheelchairs and Scooters for Adults

This one day workshop is designed for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists who are SWEP Green prescribers and wish to apply to become Amber prescribers within this assistive equipment category. Topics covered in this workshop include SWEP expectations in respect to Advanced prescribers; assessment and clinical reasoning; understanding the equipment and prescribing wheelchairs and scooters for adults.

To find out more information about these workshops and to register, please click here.

$365 (includes GST)

Thursday, 5th October 2017, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Advanced: Wheelchairs for Adults

This one day workshop is designed for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists who are SWEP Amber prescribers and wish to apply to become Red prescribers within the adult wheelchair AT category. It would also be beneficial as an update for existing SWEP Red prescribers in the adult wheelchair category. This workshop will be interactive with a case study focus and will address assessment, clinical reasoning and prescriptions for complex clients

To find out more information about these workshops and to register, please click here.

$365 (includes GST)

Friday, 6th October 2017, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Powered Mobility Device Assessment and Training: What OTs need to know for clients using scooters and powered wheelchairs
(Full day)

This one day workshop is designed for occupational therapists who wish to further their knowledge and skills with regards to powered mobility device assessment and training. This workshop will be presented by Kathryn Townsend and Professor Carolyn Unsworth. The workshop will use the Powered Mobility Device Assessment Training Tool (PoMoDATT) that was developed by Kathryn and Carolyn. Use of the PoMoDATT ensures that occupational therapists can identify a client’s capacities and abilities in scooter and powered wheelchair use.

To find out more information about these workshops and to register, please click here.

$365 (includes GST)

Friday, 10th November 2017, 9.30am to 4.30pm