My name is Rebecca and I am an Occupational Therapist in the Assistive Equipment team at the ILC.
I cover the Wheatbelt as part of the ILC’s country service. The country service gives people who live outside the metropolitan area an opportunity to talk to an Occupational Therapist and get information and advice about equipment that can help them to live independently. It also gives them an opportunity to trial some equipment.
In previous years I covered the South West region of WA as part of the ILC’s country service however I have now taken over the Wheatbelt area instead. I recently completed an eleven day trip in March. This was my first country trip to the Wheatbelt and my first time visiting many of the towns in this area. I was excited about visiting lots of towns that were new to me and meeting people from these towns. We had a busy schedule and each day involved meeting members of the public and also service providers and other therapists. We started in Wagin at the Wagin Woolarama show then visited Cunderdin, Wyalkatchem, Southern Cross, Kellerberrin, Kulin and Merredin before driving back to Perth.
We had two busy days at the Wagin Woolarama show to start the trip and received lots of enquiries from the public. People enquired about a range of topics such as general information about the ILC services, where to buy a specific piece of equipment and what type of equipment could help them to complete certain tasks more easily. We met people who were interested to know if there was equipment available to assist them to complete a range of tasks from kitchen and meal preparation to an enquiry about how to manage to complete tasks around the farm! Follow this link to our National Equipment Database.
During the rest of the trip our days consisted of setting up the caravan display in towns. We set the caravan up outside the CRC’s, senior citizens centres and in the centre of towns. Some days were quieter than others and the weather was very hot during this time but we still managed to meet lots of lovely people who visited us at the caravan and who had different types of enquiries with regards to equipment needs. The scooters and wheelchairs on display caught the eye of many people walking by. Another piece of equipment that was very popular was the Airgo Fusion Side Folding Rollator. This is a four wheeled walker which has swing away footplates enabling it to also be used as a transport chair for short distances.
In Kulin I was lucky enough to attend a group that had been organised by the CRC. This involved us setting up our display in the CRC and also giving a presentation to a group of seniors. The presentation involved informing them of the services that ILC offer, the type of assistive equipment that is available to people with different needs and how people can contact the ILC for information and advice. I then showed a variety of assistive equipment and people were able to trial equipment if they wished. This was followed by a delicious morning tea provided by the CRC. We were made very welcome during our visit and thoroughly enjoyed our day.
The trip ended at the Merredin show where again there was interest in the scooters and walkers and other items on display. We also had a few specific enquiries relating to assistive equipment that could help people with specific needs associated with conditions such as back pain, arthritis, dementia and neurological conditions amongst many others. The trip was very successful and I look forward to my next one. The dates of the next Wheatbelt trip are still to be confirmed but will be some time in the second half of 2016. Please give me a call on 1300 885 886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to arrange a visit.