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Engineers Ireland, Irish Posture and Mobility Network Seminar 2011 - January 24th

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  • Engineers Ireland, Irish Posture and Mobility Network Seminar 2011 - January 24th

    Dear BioMech-L Members,

    Following on from the success of the past two years, the interdisciplinary Irish Posture and Mobility Network (IPMN), together with the Engineers Ireland Seating and Mobility Interest Group (SMIG), will be co-hosting a third seminar day on the subject of Posture and Mobility on Monday 24th January 2011.

    The seminar will follow the format of previous years; platform presentations of 15mins each throughout the day, with a mid-morning plenary session. Presentations will focus on issues relating to both Clinical Practice and Engineering Design. Presentation titles given below:

    10.10 Computer simulation of the behaviour of foams used for pressure relief seating, Conor Briody, PhD Engineering Research Student, DIT, Dublin

    10.25 Risk assessment in a community setting, Jennifer Clarke, PCCC O.T., Dublin South City

    10.40 Static mechanical testing of wheelchair seating systems, Richard Collier, Research Engineer, TCD

    10.55 Development of a wheelchair seating service to adults within a HSE community O.T. setting, Bernie Flannery, Mary Ryan & Marion Smyth, PCCC O.T.’s, Galway

    11.10 COFFEE

    11.40 INVITED SPEAKER: Sandra Phelan, PCCC O.T. Manager, Dublin North Central
    HSE Medical Devices/Equipment Management Policy

    12.30 PMG Best Practice Guidelines – Transport safety, John Tiernan, SeatTech Clinical Engineer, Enable Ireland

    12.45 Launch of IPMN website, Aidan Mc Garry, SeatTech O.T., Enable Ireland - IPMN Chair

    13.00 Accessibility for All – Participating in standards development, Ger Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Dublin

    13.15 LUNCH

    14.30 Design, development and manufacture of a supportive children’s walker, Eamonn McKnight, Product Development Engineer & Ali Mc Corkell, Operations Manager, Moorings Mediquip, Ballymena; Ciaran Simms, Engineering Lecturer, TCD, Dublin

    14.45 Pelvic Positioning Belts; A review of the evidence for their use and application to an Irish clinical setting, Michael Cureton O.T., St James’ Hospital, Dublin

    15.00 Spinal jackets & seating, Brian Kinsella, Orthotic Solutions, Dublin

    15.15 Incident reporting: How to complete a user incident report form, Patrick Murphy, Scientific Officer, IMB

    15.30 Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists: Different focus same goals, Michelle Harvey O.T., Sandra Healy PT, St John of God Carmona Services

    15.45 Maximising the role of the service user in the context of assistive technology (AT) hardware research & design, Pearl O’Rourke, PhD Research Student, DIT, Dublin

    16.00 General Discussion, Q&A

    The event is being webcast live, and you will be able to access it at: The password will be Posture24. The event will be archived on the Engineers Ireland website ( for review afterwards.

    Please feel welcome to pass this information on to colleagues who may be interested. For further details, please feel welcome to contact me at

    Kind regards,

    IPMN Education Day Co-ordinator
    Engineers Ireland Biomedical Engineering Chairman

    John Tiernan,
    Chartered Engineer,
    Senior Clinical Engineer,
    Enable Ireland,
    Sandymount Avenue,
    Dublin 4,
    Tel. +353 1 2615926/2615900
    Fax. +353 1 2695816
    Enable Ireland works to enable and empower children and adults with disabilities to achieve independence, choice, and inclusion in communities across Ireland.