The LSA runs training sessions for an integral part of the assessment for participation in the Lifetime Support Scheme – the Functional Independence Measure (FIM™), a tool used to assess a person’s function.
The FIM tool is used for people who have sustained serious brain injury and burns to help determine their eligibility into the LSS.
The FIM measures the type and amount of assistance a person requires to perform basic life activities, and is widely used to measure outcomes of rehabilitation.
For children, a paediatric version of FIM is used, called WeeFIM®, which uses a different scoring process, taking into account the child’s development stages.
The LSA runs FIM training at its offices once per year, and includes LSA staff and external practitioners such as nurses, doctors, registrars and allied health professionals. WeeFIM training is conducted on a required basis.
The most recent training session was held at LSA on July 24, and included three LSA service planners, staff from Flinders Medical Centre, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and private practitioners.
The Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre holds the licence for the use of FIM and WeeFIM in Australia. Once practitioners are trained in the tool, they are assessed via an exam to gain their credentials.
Practitioners interested in undertaking FIM training, should contact LSA by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FIM™ and WeeFIM® are trademarks of the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, a division of UB Foundation Activities, Inc
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This article was featured in the September 2015 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.