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Our Current Projects

Trial Process Improvement:

ATSNZ has been working with Whaikaha – Ministry for Disabled People throughout late 2022 and 2023 to find changes to the trial process that will streamline the process, reduce timeframes and mitigate cost of equipment out on trial.

A working group was formed in May 2023 with broad representation from assessors, supplier EMS providers and Whaikaha and a subsequent smaller working group undertook an in depth look at the trial process, barriers and options to improve the way the trials were delivered to disabled people, tāngata Whaikaha, family and whānau.

The agreed changes were informed by the data relating to the types of trial and the length of trial and the outcome of the trial process. These changes are being communicated through Whaikaha and the communication will be included here once distributed.

Wheelchair Seating Technician Training:

ATSNZ was involved in supporting the development of a training qualification for technicians NZ wide. The training is being delivered through My Skill who has partnered with Atlas – Fios to provide online wheelchair and disability equipment technician training.

The Atlas-Fios Level 1 and Level 2 online training and theory exams meet the requirements of the DMERT (Durable Medical Equipment Repair Technician) Group which is the recognised standards organisation for technicians across USA and Canada.

It provides foundational training across a range of wheelchair and disability equipment which can then be supplemented by manufacturer specific training – a great way to get technicians upskilled and working independently whilst learning at their own pace.

The course can be purchased online via:

Wheelchair and disability equipment technician training

As a member of ATSNZ you are eligible for a discount. Contact for the code.