The Leckey MyWay, a gait trainer for children with postural support needs, was voted the Best New Product by ATSA exhibitors at the Independent Living Expos in Sydney and Brisbane.

Runner up was Lusio Rehab with LusioMATE, a wearable gaming controller that fits onto the body and helps to motivate people do therapy exercises by playing games in a fun way.

MyWay offers an open frame design utilising a revolutionary support harness providing children with the opportunity for learning, development and enjoyment in an upright position without any obstructions. It allows therapists to get close to the child and work with their lower limbs while they are in the product which carries a user weight up to 80kg.

The MyWay harness provides core stability required to support head control and limb movement while optimising stepping ability. Optional ankle guides are designed to help separate the child’s legs to control scissoring gait. The child can be transferred directly in/out of the frame using the optional hoisting straps accessory. An optional headrest is available to ensure a safe head position for children who might need additional support. The multi-functional castors offer brake, direction lock and anti-roll back. It is available in six harness sizes and three frame sizes.

ATSA executive officer, David Sinclair said ATSA was presented with a number of great new Assistive Technology (AT) products and each of the 23 products presented, would give great value to the user. “However, there can only be one winner and this year we had a difficult task to cut down to eight finalists. It was a close, with the winner Leckey MyWay Walker by Sunrise Medical as the product of choice by the industry for 2019, just edging out the LusioMATE .

“On behalf of ATSA, I wish to thank all the businesses who submitted for this award, providing a varied and interesting insight to the emerging changes and technology that is entering the Australian market. Also I cannot forget to thank and acknowledge the important industry participation in electing a winner for 2019,” he said.

Caption: ATSA executive officer David Sinclair with Rula Sebastiao and Matthew Butterworth from Sunrise Medical.

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