Australia's Amber Merritt contributed 40 points in the final and was named the women's most valuable player at the IWBF Asia Oceania Championships ©Getty Images

Australia's women clinched gold at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Asia Oceania Championships in Phuket, while the country's men's team are into the final against Iran.

The Gliders' final match in the four-team women's round robin at the Sports Complex PSU Phuket was a winner-takes-all clash, as Japan's superior goal difference would have enabled them to leapfrog Australia into top spot with victory.

Japan led 11-10 and 19-18 after the first two periods, but Australia enjoyed a strong third period to move 36-29 in front, before closing out an eventual 54-46 victory.

Amber Merritt scored a sublime 40 points in the final, and was later named the Championship's most valuable player.

In the other match in the final round of fixtures, hosts Thailand had to win by 33 points to climb above Iran into third.

They did secure a first victory of the tournament, but the 59-50 scoreline fell short of the winning margin required.

Australia, Japan and Iran have all qualified for the women's competition at the IWBF World Championships, due to be held in Dubai in November.

In the men's tournament, Iran eased into the final with a 74-46 win against Thailand.

The other semi-final was a more closely fought affair, with Australia coming out on top 61-55 against South Korea.

Medal matches in the men's IWBF Asia Oceania Championship are due to be held tomorrow.