WA HACC Home Modifications & Assistive Technology Project Update

ILC staff member seated with consumer in their lounge roomThe partnership between the ILC and WA Home and Community Care (HACC) Program on the Home Modification and Assistive Technology (HM & AT) Project has been at full steam since May 2014 with the commencement of a new project team.

Team members Alex Andrews, Hilary O’Connell and Kelly McAuliffe, all occupational therapists with extensive home modifications and assistive technology experience, have been busy working with stakeholders and collating information to inform the project and its key objectives:

To improve on and further develop a sustainable service delivery model for WA HACC clients accessing Home Modifications and Assistive Technology through the WA Assessment Framework (WAAF).

Project Manager Hilary O’Connell said “It’s an exciting time as there is increasing demand and recognition that home modifications and assistive technology play an important role in supporting an individual to remain at home.”

This was reinforced in the Australian Government’s discussion paper Key directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme where HM & AT are seen as an integral part of a wellness and reablement approach.
Recent project activities include:

  • In partnership with Curtin University, a review of the current literature relating to best practice in home modifications and assistive technology service delivery;
  • Development of a working partnership with Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA) to assist the organisation to develop sustainable clinical governance to achieve best outcomes for HACC clients;
  • Supporting the Regional Assessment Service (RAS) with the introduction of a HM & AT advisory line and completion of a RAS survey; and
  • Continued stakeholder meetings to assist the project team to map the current referral pathways for home modification and assistive technology provision and to determine how HACC clients interface with other funding programs.

In 2015 the project team are looking forward to continuing to support TADWA, developing training and resources for RAS assessors, completion of the best practice literature review in February and contributing to the current thinking and work being carried out to explore how the RAS model of service delivery in the WAAF structure will be accommodated in the proposed Aged Care reforms.

Read more information about this project here or contact one of the team members below.

Hilary O’Connell
Project Manager
Phone: 08 9382 0277
Email: hilary.o’connell@ilc.com.au

Kelly McAuliffe
Project Officer
Phone: 08 9382 0278
Email: kelly.mcauliffe@ilc.com.au