ATSA Brisbane - seminar shot (2)Among the many products spotted by F2L were new cushion solutions, a saddle and household accessories. The Matrx Libra cushion unveiled by Invacare was developed to provide balance and stability to the pelvis the cushion has a moisture resistant, high stretch outer cover and foam base that does not collapse under pressure. If horse riding appeals then the Independence saddle from Special Needs Solutions with removable knee-poleys gives greater freedom for riders with disability. Features include adjustable back, head rests and arm supports.

Another Queensland based company, Walk on Wheels offered a comprehensive range of new furniture accessories including the Stander Assist swivel laptop/TV tray with support handle that adjusts to fit onto a chair or couch. Also new is the Stander Security & Curve Bar that gives support in wet areas and is fitted with four hand grips for easier climbing from sitting to standing position. Australian-owned and manufactured clothing from Brisbane supplier Splittbacks is not just easy to wear but stylish and comfortable. Worth mentioning was the special uniform for children with autism that features a bandana around the neckline and clothes and pinafores for adults and children requiring button feeding.

The services sector was out in force too. Angels in Aprons reckon they can fill the gap to assist families and carers who need a break whether it be hospital, bedsitting or personal care and assistance at home that covers just about everything from laundry and shopping to pet care and travel support. Visitors were also keen to take advantage of the free hearing check-up from HearingLife with a quick 5-minute hearing test option available on the stand. Swim Australia was on hand to give information on the options available for people with disability to participate in learning to swim and other swimming programs. Tunstall Healthcare displayed a wide range of technology solutions that help people to live more safely and longer in their homes.

Making one of the most frustrating kitchen tasks safer and easier were new OneTouch kitchen products from the Country Care Group. Its automatic battery operated can and jar opener works at the touch of a button and takes just a few seconds.

The clinical programs were record breakers in an unexpected way, as for the first time, carbon dioxide levels in some sessions exceeded their limits with so many packed into the rooms!

Don’t miss ATSA Sydney at Rosehill Racecourse Grand Pavilion on May 13-14.