News – Independent Living Centre WA

New project explores AT as a carer respite solution

The traditional form of respite such as in-home or out-of-home respite or social and recreational activities is well known, however, have you ever wondered about alternative respite supports for carers? Could the use of assistive technology (AT) be a valuable option for carers seeking respite? The Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) is excited to announce […]

Introducing GEAT – a new Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology service as part of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme

It is well recognised that assistive equipment and technology can enable people to do tasks that they otherwise would be unable to do, or to support people to be safer and more independent. As of 1 July 2018, the ILC will be providing a new service, known as GEAT (Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology), which […]

HACC Allied Health Service to transition to Commonwealth Home Support Programme for older people

As of 2 July 2018, the ILC’s Allied Health Service funded by the WA HACC (Home and Community Care) Program will transition across to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) for people aged 65 and over and 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme provides entry-level […]

Perth’s first ATSA Independent Living Expo exceeds expectations

Held for the first time in Perth at the Claremont Showground on 30 and 31 May, the ATSA Independent Living Expo exceeded expectations. More than 850 visitors attended the Expo to view a range of assistive equipment and technology on display by over 70 exhibitors and to attend the interesting and engaging conference programme sessions. […]

Supporting ‘Social Butterfly Shaun’ to communicate with whoever he wants to

“On meeting Shaun for the first time it was clear that he is a happy person who brings joy into many people’s lives,” said ILC Speech Pathologist Katie Sala-Tenna. Shaun, 47, is a Dockers supporter, avid sports lover, family guy and social butterfly. Being able to communicate effectively with people, both familiar and unfamiliar to […]

ILC Service Manager co-authors falls prevention paper

The ILC has proudly led and been involved in a range of research projects for many years. Recently ILC Service Manager Hilary O’Connell featured as a co-author for a paper on falls prevention titled ‘Falls prevention in community care: 10 years on’. An established occupational therapist, Hilary (pictured above) has broad expertise in Australia and […]

Disability Services Minister presents $4.7 million for disability equipment grants program and building refurbishment

Disability Equipment Grant recipient Robert McKenzie shared his experiences with Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today when he visited the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) to present a $2.4 million Lotterywest certificate for the continuation of the grants program. Robert, 75 (pictured centre) who has paraplegia, has been driving with modified driving controls for nearly […]

Inaugural Freda Jacob scholarship and ILC scholarships awarded

ILC Strategic Projects Manager Francine Snadden has been awarded the inaugural Freda Jacob scholarship. Freda Jacob AM was the inspiration, founder and driving force behind the development of the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC). The Freda Jacob scholarship, announced by the ILC Board in 2017 in memory of Freda, aims to acknowledge an individual who […]