Debbie Wilson, Managing Director and occupational therapist, was one of the founding directors when Seating To Go was established in 1997. Our initial purpose was to:
- Provide a specialised wheelchair and seating assessment service to ACC for people with serious injury.
- Meet the needs of therapists nationally through the provision of practical training workshops - this led to Seating To Go piloting the Ministry of Health (MOH) credentialing programme for Wheeled Mobility and Postural Management assessors.
Seating To Go grew through a partnership with NZ Disability Action (formerly CCS Waikato / Bay of Plenty) to deliver the MOH assessment services in 2002. We continued in the partnership for 10 years and "graduated" to managing the service in 2012. We have a strong ethos around supporting community efforts and regularly sponsor Parafed events. We have links with Go Baby Go NZ and, in partnership with the Altus Trust, donate a therapist and technician for a week each year to work alongside disability groups in the Pacific Islands delivering wheelchair services.
The head office is in Hamilton and we have a branches in Rotorua and Tauranga. Our assessment services cover most of the Central North Island. Although we primarily work with people in their homes, all our branches have assessment rooms and workshops which are suitably equipped to ensure assessments and repairs are thorough and comprehensive.
The Seating To Go team are all specialists in the field of wheeled mobility and postural management – it is what we do all day, every day. You will find us passionate about the work we do and progressive in our approach.
Our team has experience working with babies right through to the elderly, and with people of all abilities ranging from people with spinal injuries to those with neurological conditions.
In addition to our core team of administrators, technicians, technician assistants and wheelchair and seating therapists, we employ wheelchair training mentors in our skills groups and access our Kaumatua, Rangi Manihera, and Whaea Lindann Manihera for cultural training and support.