Cockburn Centre to close and make way for new service developments

On 31 December 2018, the ILC Cockburn Centre will close, enabling vital resources to be invested into developing services that are more sustainable.

The way ILC delivers our services continues to evolve and change.

Rosa standing beside OT Cheryl using Stirex knife with upright handleWe are developing a more mobile workforce enabling our health professionals to continue to provide services to people in their homes and communities and to widen our accessibility and reach across the entire metropolitan area.

We are also continuing to invest in the development of digital services to enable people to access tailored information and advice on assistive equipment and technology, as well as purchase products and services online.

Low visitor statistics to the Cockburn Centre since its opening three years ago also contributed to the decision to close the Centre.

The assistive technology and equipment currently on display at Cockburn will be relocated to the newly renovated Nedlands Display Centre.

Re-opening on 2 January 2019, the centrally located Nedlands Display Centre will continue to offer a wide range of assistive equipment and technology on display, including a dedicated smart home technology set-up.

An occupational therapist talking to a woman remotely on the screen of BEAM, a telepresent robot, on the Nedlands Display FloorFor people who may find it difficult to visit the Nedlands Centre in person, we have invested in a telepresent robot, known as BEAM, to enable people who have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet device to visit and explore items on the Nedlands display floor remotely via the robot.

Eligible people can continue to receive information and advice about assistive technology and equipment via our enquiry phone line, email or by visiting our Nedlands Centre in person.

We also encourage people to visit NED, the Australian National Equipment Database, at www.askned.com.au. NED comprises over 10,000 assistive technology and equipment products for independence, safety and wellness. The online resource includes supplier information, current pricing and item availability.

Lady sitting in the driver's seat of a car with an occupational therapist standing outside the carFor people who would like to access our Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment Services, these services will continue to run out of our Nedlands and Westminster locations.