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link loves loves all go for archie T he GoKids Mobility Van is the first specialised physiotherapy service for rural children in Victoria who have profound and complex physical disabilities. An initiative of disability organisation Scope, the fully mobile service travels to various rural locations to make adjustments to wheelchairs and mobility devices, and was founded as part of Scope’s commitment to ensuring that rural isolation is not a barrier to accessing essential physio services. Six year old Archie Sims, from Ballarat, is one child who has benefitted from the service. He used to travel with his mum, Anna, for almost three hours to get his Hart Walker fitted and adjusted. Now, the have had an enormous impact on if that meant making a three-hour service comes to his door. their lives. drive,” said Anna. “Scope saw an enormous need “Before it was difficult for Archie “Now that the GoKids service is to support children living in regional to stand, let alone walk. The Hart able to travel through and visit regional communities,” says Scope chief Walker has changed all of this. He’s Victoria, families that may have never executive Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald. now free to move on his own. Archie been able to drive up can now access can now play, run and walk like any the same services Archie did.” specialised physiotherapy services in “With the limited number of other kid,” said Anna. rural Victoria, families began opting by The Bowness Family Foundation, out of essential fittings because the to do what’s best for your child. And includes support from Scope’s distance to go to these centres in what was best for Archie was to go to specialised physiotherapists, ranging Melbourne was too far,” she said. a specialised physiotherapy service from initial consultations for mobility that understood and could assist with devices, ongoing reports, equipment the complexity of his disability, even implementation and after-care. Archie’s mother, Anna, says the GoKids service and the Hart Walker “As a parent, you always want The service, which is supported Share your views and read about all things disability-related at facebook.com/linkdisabilitymagazine. 04 link loves linkonline.com.au