How does the ILC make a difference to people’s lives?

How does the ILC make a difference to people’s lives? Images of people of varying ages being shown assistive technology by an ILC OTCheck out these statistics from 2016-17 for a snapshot on the number of people we are proud to support in a range of ways, all in line with the theme of helping them to choose and access equipment, technology and services for their independence, safety and wellbeing.

In 2016-17:

  • We had more than 46,000 contacts with our customers, with half specifically seeking expert information and advice about assistive technology.
  • Our country team continued to deliver assistive technology services across the entire state, visiting 36 towns and reaching 4,007 people.
  • 1,852 equipment items were hired out through our equipment hire service.
  • We saw a 54% increase in the number of people accessing our Community Allied Health Services compared to the previous year, with around one quarter being participants in the WA NDIS scheme in the Cockburn Kwinana area.
  • We continued to provide occupational therapy and speech pathology services to schools. Our therapists worked with six schools, supporting them to use assistive technology and communication aids in their classrooms.
  • The HACC Allied Health Service, which commenced in November 2016, received 405 referrals, of which 292 were occupational therapy referrals and 147 were physiotherapy referrals.
  • More than 740 grants were provided to assist Western Australians with a disability to obtain equipment through the Disability Equipment Grant program.
  • A total of $1,698,544 in Equipment for Living grants was, assisting 718 people with disabilities with the purchase of vital equipment.
  • The ILC supported 738 people to undertake driving assessment for fitness to drive and/or modified driving controls.
  • We received over 13,390 contacts from carers, family members and service providers seeking information and assistance with access to respite care.
  • A total of 1,451 individual carers were assisted with access to respite.
  • The ILC Regional Assessment Service (RAS) team conducted over 3,400 assessments throughout the Perth north metropolitan region.
  • ILC Training and Events delivered a diverse program of assistive technology related training and events to the sector, with 58 training and workshop sessions taking place and over 1,000 people attending throughout the year.
  • Noah’s Ark WA continued to improve the provision of resources, information and support to our 234 family, therapist and organisational members.
  • Improvements to the ILC website continued with 114,288 visits to the site throughout the year

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