official opening
Attendees at the official (re-)opening of the Tungaru Rehabilitation Center

The TRS has now resumed local fabrication of lower limb prostheses, and are busily working through a long waitlist of amputees. The service looks forward to the return of a P&O graduate as they complete their studies at the Cambodian School of Prosthetics & Orthotics (CSPO) in September, 2016. Two other students are part way through their studies at CSPO and are expected to return in the coming years.

Physiotherapy services have strengthened since having moved in to the facility, making full use of the large physical rehabilitation area, as well as two private consultation rooms and a plaster casting room, shared with the prosthetics team.

ISPO ANMS has identified a number of areas that could be supported in order to contribute to the strengthening of the service over the coming years. This includes:

  • Clinical assistance towards managing and working through the extensive amputee waitlist
  • Clinical supervision and mentoring to the returning student, particularly towards the delivery of orthotics service
  • Development of amputation prevention services, including increasing capacity of orthotic offloading of high-risk foot wounds
  • Training regarding the fabrication of prostheses and orthoses using ICRC technology
  • Developing strong links with other assistive device services within the Pacific, namely Samoa following the development of it’s Mobility Device Service
  • Strengthening service systems, including clinical policies and procedures and development of the client database
  • Increasing capacity of outreach services, including CBR and outer island visits by re-purposing temporary workshop machinery or use as a portable P&O workshop

ISPO ANMS assisted TRS in developing a job description for a volunteer to be placed by Scope Global.  The position has been advertised with an expected mobilisation date of mid 2016.

ISPO ANMS would like to recognise the outstanding achievement of the TRS team in their fantastic efforts towards successfully establishing the new rehabilitation facility.

The beautiful Tarawa lagoon