What’s On

The Independent Living Centre offers a range of training and events aimed at providing information and education to a range of groups in the health, education, community and disability sectors.  Some events are aimed at clients, family members and carers, through to sessions for health professionals, educators and service providers. Workshops are delivered by different teams within the organisation, based on their teams skills and expertise.

Assistive Equipment Services,  ILC Tech and OTDA all offer a unique service making regular visits to rural and remote areas of Western Australia. You can view their upcoming trips here.

Quick links to our monthly calendars: for May, June and September.

ATSA Independent Living Expo
Young girl with painted hands and wording; ATSA Independent Living Expo, 30 - 31 May Claremont Showgrounds, Principle Supporter ILC WAATSA Independent Living Expo
Registrations are now open for this FREE expo!

Being held for the very first time in Perth at the Claremont Showground from 30 to 31 May, the ATSA Expo is one of the most comprehensive events for people with disability, seniors, allied health professionals, rehabilitation providers, and interested members of the public.

Over 100 exhibitors will be displaying a wide range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more.

The 2018 program will be an excellent opportunity for allied health professionals including occupational therapists and physiotherapists to broaden their practical and theoretical learning. Seats are expected to book out well in advance of the event. View the program here.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out all the latest in the assistive technology world.

When: Wednesday: 9.00am to 4.00pm and Thursday: 9.00am to 3.15pm
Where: Claremont Showground
Cost: Free
Nedlands 'Drop By' times
ILC-17ILC 'Drop By' times (Assistive Equipment Services)
Drop in to view the thousands of products on display at the ILC Equipment Display Centre. No appointments are necessary and therapists will be available to offer assistance during the times below.

When: Every Wednesday and Friday between 10.00am and 1.00pm
Where: ILC Nedlands Head Office, The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Free with parking available on site

Please note: Some complex technology and equipment items are not suitable for viewing during our ‘Drop By’ times. You may be required to make an appointment to get advice about these items. ILC Tech staff are unavailable during ‘Drop By’ times. We know that your time is valuable. It is therefore recommended that you contact the ILC on 9381 0600 prior to visiting us to see if an appointment is necessary for the equipment or technology you would like to view. This will ensure that you get the assistance you require when you come in.
View further information about ILC Assistive Equipment Services


What's on at the Independent Living Centre WA in May
Relax Rejuvenate and Reset - Carer Weekend Retreat
*RETREAT IS FULLY BOOKED - Please register your interest for an additional 2 day retreat on the link below*
You are invited to attend an upcoming weekend retreat specifically designed for carers. As a carer, it is important to take time out to care for yourself, both physically and mentally. This weekend break will provide time for relaxation, time out, nature and self care activities all with an aim of nourishing your soul. Activities will include yoga, mindfulness, self care workshop, pampering session, meditation and some optional nature activities such as kayaking or a relaxing walk along the beach.

Interested in coming along but need more information and/or need to arrange respite care or transport? Phone the friendly team at North Metro Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222. Places are limited to the first 15 Carers to register. RSVP by 28th April 2018.

Target Audience: North Metro Carers who care for someone with a disability or mental illness.

When: Arrive at 4:30pm - 5pm Friday, 18th May until 1pm Sunday, 20th May 2018.
Cost: Free includes accommodation, meals and all planned activities, group sessions. Accomodation is twin share. If you require a private room please advise upon registration.
Where: Moore River - Great beach side location.

DETC imageDementia Education and Training for Carers
The Respite and Carelink Centre aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by supporting their carers. One way we achieve this is through running Dementia Education and Training sessions for carers. We hold regular sessions to enhance carer skills and connecting our carers to key information about dementia.

Taking Care of Yourself
Querida from Wholesome Life will be presenting a 2 hour workshop on how to take care of yourself and the importance of self-care. The session will have a focus on mindful movement through yoga stretch, meditation basics and practical ways to nourish daily. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for light movement.

Target Audience: North Metro Carers who care for someone with dementia.

When: Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club, 11 Oceanside Promenade, Mullaloo WA 6027
Cost: Free

What's on at the Independent Living Centre WA in June
ILC OT with mature lady trialling crutchesFundamentals of Assistive Technology workshop
This workshop covers the fundamental skills and knowledge for good AT practice for support staff to make safe decisions. The key concepts in the AT process will be explored as well as how to facilitate a good AT journey for your clients. In addition to this, the practical activities will give participants hands-on experience with equipment for daily living, and utilising good resources of AT information.
Assistive Technologies are one of the key strategies under the NDIS and My Aged Care reforms to support wellness, reablement and participation for clients with disabilities and aged care needs.

Target audience: This workshop is essential for support workers, support coordinators, nursing staff, RAS assessors, local coordinators and planners, activity officers, residential care staff, allied health staff who are new to AT, therapy assistants, pharmacy assistants and suppliers and retail staff.

When: Thursday 7th June from 8:30 - 12:30pm
Where: Independent Living Centre, Training room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $140

Eventbrite - Fundamentals of Assistive Technology: Enabling frontline staff to understand consumers AT needs
Home Modifications for Children workshop
This workshop will cover knowledge about broad principles for evaluating the product and design requirements of children, as well as practical information on the process of measuring the child, their carer and equipment, the process of measuring the existing home environment and design solutions. Attendees will also be provided with information about resources to assist clinical practice and an opportunity to discuss and problem solve case scenarios from your own work setting.

Target audience: The target audience for the workshop includes occupational therapy practitioners and others.

When: Wednesday 27th June from 9am - 4:30pm
Where: The Community Room, Cockburn Health and
Community Facility, 11 Wentworth Parade,
Success WA
Cost: Early Bird - $300, Standard - $350

Eventbrite - Home Modifications for Children workshop
kelly_home_ot_bathroomBathroom Modifications workshop
This workshop will cover knowledge about broad principles for designing bathrooms for domestic homes and practical information on products and designs to suit bathrooms for older people and people with disabilities. The workshop will also feature information about resources to assist with problem solving a range of client scenarios, and give you the chance to have a direct discussion about technical building issues, with a builder who is present at the workshop and an opportunity to discuss and problem solve case scenarios from your own work setting.

Target audience: The target audience for the workshop includes occupational therapy practitioners and others.

When: Thursday 28th June from 9am - 4:30pm
Where: The Community Room, Cockburn Health and
Community Facility, 11 Wentworth Parade,
Success WA
Cost: Early Bird - $300, Standard - $350

Eventbrite - Bathroom Modifications workshop
DETC imageDementia Education and Training for Carers
The Respite and Carelink Centre aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by supporting their Carers. One way we achieve this is through running Dementia Education and Training sessions for Carers. We hold regular sessions to enhance carer skills and connecting our Carers to key information about dementia.

WA Aged Care Financial Solutions
WA Aged Care Financial Solutions addresses the growing needs for financial advice from Aged Care residents, Home Care recipients and their families in Western Australia. The financial implications of Aged Care or Home care are complex, with relevant facts and figures changing regularly throughout each year. Andrew Hopkins will be joining the session to provide financial information and to answer questions such as;
• Will the family home have to be sold or are there other options?
• What are the Aged Care fees and how will they be paid?
• Will the Centrelink or DVA pension be lost?

Target Audience: North Metro Carers who care for someone with dementia.

When: Thursday, 28 June 2018, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Currambine Community Centre, 64 Delamere Avenue, Currambine WA 6028
Cost: Free

What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in September
Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory 2 day workshop

The PODD approach provides strategies to support the design, production and implementation of communication systems to enable genuine communication for a variety of functions in all daily environments. PODD includes strategies to minimise some of the common difficulties associated with the use of multi-level communication books.

Target audience: Speech pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers and parents of individuals who have complex communication needs. Family members and support people of someone using PODD, and those considering high tech PODD.

When: Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September, 9am - 4:30pm
Where: Conference Room, The Niche, Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Early bird - $500, Standard - $550

Eventbrite - Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory 2 day workshop
Teaching Movements for Communication Workshop

This intensive five day workshop will provide participants with an in depth opportunity to explore the movement differences associated with cerebral palsy, other significant neurological movement impairments (eg Rett Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome), and severe sensory processing challenges. There will be a focus on identifying these posture and movement challenges in relation to their impact on communication development, assessment and intelligibility. A range of strategies and a process to teach movements for communication will be demonstrated.

Target audience:Teams who are working with children who have severe physical and sensory challenges and are struggling to access augmentative communication systems.

When: Monday 24th September to Friday 28th September, 9am - 4:30pm
Where: Gladys Newton School, 93 Balga Avenue, Balga WA 6061
Cost: $1300

Eventbrite - Teaching Movements for Communication Workshop
ILC Regional events and activities
rachels-display-at-the-mingenew-showILC Country Services visit to the Southwest Region

See our Occupational Therapist, Evana Jacobson from the Country Services Team who will be visiting the Southwest Region to provide information, advice and have a range of equipment on display at a variety of local events. Some individual appointments may also be available on request.

When: 13th - 19th May 2018

Where: Harvey, Bunbury, Collie, Busselton, Margaret River, Northcliffe and Nannup
More information available here
AES Country Services visit to the Pilbara Kimberley Region

See our Occupational Therapist, Lauren Farrell from the Country Services Team who will be visiting the Pilbara Kimberley Region to provide information, advice and have a range of equipment on display at a variety of local events. Some individual appointments may also be available on request.

When: early June 2018

Where: TBC
More information available here
ILC Country Services visits to your Region

See our Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists from the Country Services Team, who will be visiting your Region to provide information, advice and have a range of equipment on display at a variety of local events. Some individual appointments may also be available on request.

When: Planning for 2018 in Progress

Where: Expressions of interest are being sort, therapist are available for appointments and presentations. Please email country@ilc.com.au or call 1300 855 886
More information available here