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The MACA Guide

A best practice approach for allied health professionals supporting children with disabilities and medical conditions (under 16 years) with their vehicle seating needs

Welcome

Welcome allied health professionals.

The information and resources on this page will help you in your leading role supporting families with their children's motor vehicle transport needs. We introduce the MACA Guide, Australia’s leading prescribing resource, as well as relevant standards, vehicle restraint options and products.

MACA’s Australian-first online training course Transporting Children with Disabilities and Medical Conditions is available for allied health professionals seeking to specialise in this area of practice. For more information and to access the early bird rate, visit our training page.

The MACA Guide

Provided free to participants who have completed MACA’s specialist online training, the MACA Guide is designed to be used with the resources and information on this website.

The guide assists with clinical reasoning and decision-making when working with families. It helps with the selection of appropriate vehicle restraint products and strategies to support the child’s motor vehicle transport needs.

In addition, the guide supports the development of the child's Motor Vehicle Transport Plan (find out more below) and documentation requirements for NDIS clients.

MACA Guide content

Based on best practice, standards/regulations, government policy and research, the MACA Guide has three parts:

Assessment and prescribing process

This outlines four steps in the assessing and prescribing process, including downloadable templates that can be adapted to individual needs. Working through this process helps prescribers to apply clinical reasoning to support a child’s motor vehicle transport needs.

Motor Vehicle Transport Plan

This plan provides families with an essential record of their child’s motor vehicle transport needs. It assists with communicating their child’s transport needs and can be shared with other professionals in the child’s care team.

Advice to Parent form

The Advice to Parent form documents the prescribed vehicle restraint(s) for the child, the review period, and information about installation and use. This is a legal requirement in some states and territories.

Assessment and prescribing process

The MACA Guide's four step assessment and prescribing process.

Assess > Plan > Implement > Review

Four colour coded steps arranged in a circle with arrows. The first step, 'Assess' is represented by a white magnifying glass hovering over a red piece of paper. The second step, 'Plan,' is represented by a yellow & white flow chart. The third step, Implement, is represented by 3 green puzzle pieces all connected together & a fourth white puzzle piece about to be connected. The fourth step, 'Review' is represented by a white pinted finger hovering over a blue list of items that are ticked & crossed.

Accessing the MACA Guide

The MACA Guide is provided free to participants who have completed MACA’s online training.

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