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Research on Electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters

By October 18th, 2021No Comments

Invitation to Participate in Focus Groups

Health Professionals

University of Woloongong are conducting several rounds of focus groups for an Australian Research Council Project (Integrated Futures for Motorised Mobility Devices ARC LP180100913 in collaboration with partner organisation ATSA (Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia). We are interested in the experiences of people who work in industry and planning for people use Motorised Mobility Devices (MMDs-electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters). This includes health professionals, retailers and suppliers of devices, and government planners. We want to understand from these groups how they understand the challenges faced by people who use MMDs. Focus group questions may include for example, what are the particular challenges that face people who use MMDs, the benefits of using MMDs, and any particular issues that you identify as being significant to your industry or occupation. The purpose of the research is to make recommendations about how to better integrate people who use MMDs into transport and public spaces. The focus groups will take around 2 hours and you will receive a $100 Woolworths shopping voucher to compensate you for your time.

We invite you to read more about the project on our website:

An information sheet with full details about this stage of the project is available here.

You can indicate your availability for the focus groups via the doodle poll available here and we ask you to sign and return the consent form to Dr Theresa Harada at

We are very grateful for your support of this project. If you have any enquiries or questions please direct them to

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (Faculty of the Arts, Social Science and Humanities) of the University of Wollongong, (approval number 2019/503). If you have any concerns contact the UOW Ethics Officer +61 (02) 4221 3386 or email