Visit to the Goldfields Region 2015

The Independent Living Centre travelled to Goldfields in March this year.

We set up the ILC Caravan at Coolgardie and Kambalda. Even though Coolgardie is a quiet town we still received general enquiries about our services. Kambalda was a busier day where we set up outside the fantastic Community Recreation Facility. We were very well supported by Val Whittaker, who is the Kambalda Community Resource Centre Officer.

We set up the caravan at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Fair over the Saturday and Sunday. The caravan was very well attended by the public and it was great to meet fellow health professionals who work in Kalgoorlie to get an insight into the challenges they face working in a rural area. Jess and Roxanne standing in front of the ILC table and caravan at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Show

At the start of the following week we stopped in at Menzies Community Resource Centre on the way to Leonora, where we met Bev, the centre coordinator. We left some ILC brochures and information for her to share with the community. And then onto Leonora, setting up the caravan and joining a seniors group to have a chat about equipment and services, and the ILC Australia National Equipment database. Thanks to Jim and Margo Epis for their help with this.

Over the next few days I managed to complete a number of private appointments in Kalgoorlie. I met with lots of the local Health Professionals both at the hospital and in the community and they were very keen to forge links with the ILC, to ensure their clients benefited form our services. I also had the opportunity to speak with a very interactive group of seniors at the Amana Living, Edward Collick Home.

The country service is a very important part of the Assistive Equipment Team. It enables us to connect with individuals, carers, families and friends of people who can benefit from our services in more rural areas.

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