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Postural Challenges and Seating Solutions with Dr Barend ter Haar

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Think Mobility Brisbane

2037 Sandgate Road

Virginia, Queensland 4014

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Beyond Pressure Care: What pressure mapping can and cannot tell us.
Pressure Mapping systems are used increasingly routinely to assess pressure distribution underneath a seated or lying person. How important is ‘pressure’ as compared with other risk elements between the interface (bed or cushion) and the person? In this session we look at what pressure mapping can and cannot tell us, and how we can make best use of this technology.

What makes a good cushion?
Discussion around the correct balance of protecting tissue integrity and it’s associated contributing factors, providing appropriate postural control and functionality (comfort, weight, ability to carry out daily activities, etc.)

What should a good back system provide?
Discussing zones of the back, posterior and lateral support, head control and functionality. We will look at specific clinical challenges and presentations from both a neuromuscular and orthopaedic angle, common functional causes listed and then assessment pointers. Concluding with some biomechanically oriented solutions to clinical and seating challenges.

About Dr. Barend ter Haar


Dr. Barend ter Haar
BSc DPhil ATP
Managing Director, BES Rehab – Bristol, UK

Before entering the arena of Assistive Technology, Barend’s history was in biomedical research and
teaching and medical publishing. He established BES Rehab Ltd 20 years ago in the UK, and more recently,
Healthcare Innovations Australia, based in Adelaide.

He has been an active member of the ISO seating Standards Committee for 14 years, specialising in the areas of flammability, pressure mapping and measurement standards.

Barend sat on the Board of the British Healthcare Trades Association, and is a ‘Specialist Assistive Technology Practitioner’ with the Assistive Technology Practitioner Society.

He is also a regular presenter at the ATSA Independent Living Expo where his presentations are always very popular. Barend will be coming to Australia directly after the International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, Canada.

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