Planning for success in 24 hour Postural Care

Medifab welcomes Andrew Wilson from Symmetrisleep, United Kingdom, to New Zealand in October to present interactive Symmetrisleep Lying and Positioning workshops in Auckland and Christchurch.

Location Auckland Christchurch
Date Monday, 12 October 2015 Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Sessions 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Venue Sorrento in the Park, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak Peppers Clearwater, Clearwater Ave, Northwood
Booking Link Book your Seat Here Book your Seat Here
Catering Gourmet lunch for all attendees is provided at 12:00; incorporates networking with other therapists Gourmet lunch for all attendees is provided at 12:00; incorporates networking with other therapists


For many years Symmetrisleep have run Postural Care Workshops to give therapists an understanding of the issues surrounding 24‐hour Postural Care.

The workshop covers:

  • Principles of postural care: Why bother and who will benefit?
  • Planning for success: Setting the scene and setting goals
  • How to improve cooperation with families and motivate carers
  • Answering those tissue viability questions: How to offer better skin care
  • Reducing the care burden and single carer working
  • Temperature regulation
  • Paediatric and Elderly care
  • Pressure: Symmetrisleep for pressure relief over potential and existing injuries, and the importance of reduction in shear. Microclimate, pressure and skin integrity, and how to combine use with an alternating mattress, with feedback from experience and from literature.


This is followed by a practical, hands-on session:


  • You will have the chance to work directly and experiment with the Symmetrisleep range
  • Opportunity for your clientele to have their needs sounded out in a sympathetic and highly innovative atmosphere
  • Practical tips for easier care
  • Communication; how to introduce the equipment to families and carers, and what happens when you walk out the door?
  • Positioning options for skin care

The workshop is not all about the equipment, but rather how to get the best out of it. When you have completed this workshop, you will be armed with an array of tools to help you empower family and care organisations, and maintain enthusiastic participation from them in their clients’ 24 hour postural management journeys.

There will be an emphasis on positioning during the night time but also discussions involving the broader scope of 24 hour postural care in other environments and other times of the day.

Book to attend the Auckland workshop or Christchurch workshop.

Learn more about the Symmetrisleep range of lying positioning here.