ABOUT IPMN AND ITS ROLE
The Irish Posture and Mobility Network (IPMN) is a voluntary group formed in 2006. The primary purpose of the network is to provide a forum where people involved in the provision and use of postural management and mobility products can share information and knowledge.
Members of the network currently include Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Clinical & Rehabilitation Engineers and Technicians and others working in the field of postural management and mobility. The network welcomes and encourages the active participation of users of posture and mobility products.
IPMN COMMITTEE AND OFFICERS
Gomathy AnanthanSecretaryGomathy graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and holds Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. She has been working as a Primary Care Occupational Therapist in Ireland since 2005. She currently works as a Senior Occupational Therapist, with the HSE in South Tipperary. She works with client group of all ages and different diagnoses to promote independence and self reliance despite personal limitation. She has been involved with IPMN committee since 2009.
James JacksonCommittee MemberJames graduated in 2003 with a BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin. Other third level education includes: product design, fine art, holistic health, computing (programming, database design, web design); and extensive training in specialised seating and ergonomics. His undergraduate research investigated user satisfaction with environmental control systems and associated services. He has previously worked in the area of assistive technology, with people with physical and/or sensory impairment. Currently he works mainly with older people, leading a seating clinic and maintenance service for inpatients and residents.
Declan GibbonsEngineers Ireland Liaison
John TiernanEnable Ireland, SeatTech LiaisonNow manager of Enable Ireland’s SeatTech Service, John’s introduction to the field of posture and mobility came through undergraduate work for the OT department in the Royal Hospital Donnybrook. This experience led on to an MEngSc, the subject of which was wheelchair design. Since completing this Masters in 2001, John has worked as Clinical Engineer for Enable Ireland SeatTech, NovitaTech Adelaide, and the RBWH Brisbane Rehabilitation Engineering Centre (Australia). John participates in International Standards development, seating research and design, and transport safety.