Local Perspectives

Webinar: Smart Assistive Technology Driving Changes in Management of Continence


Author: CCSATC & Simavita

Published By: CCSATC 

Published On: 17 March 2016

In this webinar, Leonie Mulheran from Simavita will discuss the prevalence of incontinence and importance of management in both the younger and the aged population and gender specific issues. Importantly, Leonie will discuss the role that Smart Assistive Technology could play for the Service Provider & the Consumer as well as economic impact and future possibilities. 

This webinar can be accessed by following the link below:

Smart Assistive Technology Driving Changes in Management of Continence

Category: Domestic Assistance Future Trends & Possibilies Local Perspectives Mobile Technologies Quality & Standards Smart AT General Smart Homes & Environmental Controls

Added by Lisa Kelly · 1 year ago

Uninvited Guests


Author: Superflux, Jon Ardem, Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Jon Flint 

Published By: Vimeo

Published: 2015 

"Uninvited Guests is a short film that explores the frictions between an elderly man and his smart home.  Thomas, aged 70, lives on his own after his wife died last year. His children send him smart devices to track and monitor his diet, health and sleep from a distance. But Thomas has always been fiercely independent, happy to live in an organised mess. He struggles with the order and rules imposed on him by the objects that are meant to make his life easier. In a world where ’smart objects’ will increasingly be used to provide care at a distance, how will we live with these uninvited guests? This film was created by Superflux Lab for the ThingTank project."

For further information visit: http://www.superflux.in/work/uninvited-guests

Watch at: https://vimeo.com/128873380



Category: Domestic Assistance Future Trends & Possibilies Local Perspectives Mobile Technologies Robotics Smart Homes & Environmental Controls

Added by Lisa Kelly · 1 year ago

Shifting attitudes with Assistive Technology


Author: NDIS 

Published By: National Disability Insurance Scheme

Published On: 3 December 2014

A Webinar by the NDIS from 2014

"In celebration of International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD), the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) hosted ‘Shifting attitudes with assistive technology’, a webinar on assistive technology and the opportunities it can provide for social, economic and community participation. Live viewers tuned in to the webinar on Wednesday 3 December to hear NDIS staff, participants and innovators talk about their experiences, achievements and the way forward with assistive technologies. This webinar was the ninth in the series of interactive NDIS webinars, and also comprised audio, visual, live captioning and Auslan to make it widely accessible."


For more information on the webinar, see  line-height: inherit; font-size: 14px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">www.ndis.gov.au or call  line-height: inherit; font-size: 14px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">1800 800 110.


Follow the link here: http://livestream.ssc.gov.au/NDIS/December2014/

Category: Local Perspectives NDIS Videos

Added by Tony Shaw · 1 year ago

Assistive Technology in the Workplace


Author: NDCO - National Disability Coordination Officer Program 

Published By: Deakin University 

Published On: 2014

This booklet provides information about technology that can be used in the workplace by people with a disability.

Follow the link here: 

www.adcet.edu.au/?download=attachment&i=8211-1

Category: Local Perspectives NDIS Smart AT General

Added by Tony Shaw · 1 year ago

Re-conceptualizing disability and assistive technology: Australian consumers driving policy change


Author: Natasha Layton and Erin Wilson

Published By: Technology and Disability Journal

Published On: 2009

For people living with a disability, enablers such as assistive technologies, environmental modifications and personal care can make the difference between living fully and merely existing. This article is written from the standpoints of people with disabilities and professionals in one Australian State who found their government and service system to be a constraining rather than an enabling force. It presents two key components of policy and practice change in the area of assistive technology: challenging understandings of disability, assistive technology, and the desired life outcomes that assistive technology contributes to; and building a public evidence base through consumer-focussed research. In short, government funding of assistive technology needs to move beyond a limited focus on functional needs and take responsibility for fully equipping people to live the lives they aspire to.

Category: Local Perspectives Policy & Funding Quality & Standards Smart Homes & Environmental Controls

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 1 year ago

Smart Technology for Healthy Longevity


The key finding of this report by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering is that a national thrust on the  development and application of smart technology for healthy longevity is vital to ensure a healthy, safe, secure and fulfilling future for the increasing aged population in Australia and the maintenance of a healthy, harmonious and prosperous society.

Category: Local Perspectives Smart AT General Vision

Added by Tony Shaw · 1 year ago

Research to inform service delivery models that include the application of smart assistive technology


In March 2012 the former Queensland Department of Communities (now the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services) engaged Health Outcomes International (HOI) to conduct research to provide evidence to inform models of disability and community care service delivery that integrate smart assistive technologies (smartAT) as an integrated component of service delivery for specialist disability and community care services for people with a disability.

The broad objective of this research project was to provide evidence that will inform decision making about the use of smartAT. In particular, the research considered the:

1. Existing evidence base at a national and international level in relation to smartAT and how it is used at a service provider and client level;

2. Extent to which smartAT is being considered and implemented across the disability and community care sector both within Queensland and across other Australian jurisdictions; and

3. Experience of the five Home and Community Care (HACC))1 funded organisations involved in the smartAT demonstration projects in terms of:

- The uptake and application of smartAT within their service delivery/operational environment;

- Policy and practice change that smartAT has required;

- Service provider views regarding the client experience of smartAT; and

- Service provider views regarding the staff experience of smartAT.

Category: Local Perspectives NDIS Policy & Funding Rural & Remote Service Delivery Workforces Considerations

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 1 year ago

Ageing-In-Place: Stronger Focus to Optimise Benefits from Smart Technology


Published by: Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Published on: 28 July 2010

Australia needs both an increased national focus on developing and applying smart technology to enable the aged to remain in their homes and new models to fund the deployment of this technology, says a new report from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering entitled Smart Technology for Healthy Longevity.

Category: Domestic Assistance Local Perspectives Smart AT General

Added by Tony Shaw · 1 year ago

Assistive technologies for the frail elderly, chronic illness sufferers and people with disabilities – a case study of the development of a smart home


This paper reports on initial stages of a case study of building a consortium to undertake research into advanced technologies and telecommunications that support the notion of an assisted care ‘Smart Home’. The aim is to through research and development to provide greater independence, improved quality of life and reduce unnecessary hospital admission for the dependant being cared for in their own homes including the frail elderly, chronic illness sufferers and people with disabilities. The primary outcome is the intent to support families and professional carers, reduce costs and, where possible, identify commercial opportunities for new products and services. Queensland Smart Home Initiative (QSHI) is discussed as a case study together with the Consortium’s first Smart Home at an aged care facility in Queensland, Australia.

Category: Local Perspectives Smart Homes & Environmental Controls

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 1 year ago

Connecting Health Services with the future: Technology and technical issues for telehealth


Author: Australian Government - Department of Health

Published by: Australian Government - Department of Health

Publication Date: 5th June, 2011


From 1 July 2011, Medicare and DVA Rebates and Financial Incentives were made available for telehealth under the Connecting Health Services With the Fiture Initiative. This article contains information on clinical practice and technology for telehealth.

Category: Communication Local Perspectives Policy & Funding Quality & Standards Workforces Considerations

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 1 year ago

Re-conceptualizing disability and assistive technology: Australian consumers driving policy change


For people living with a disability, enablers such as assistive technologies, environmental modifications and personal care can make the difference between living fully and merely existing. This article is written from the standpoints of people with disabilities and professionals in one Australian State who found their government and service system to be a constraining rather than an enabling force. It presents two key components of policy and practice change in the area of assistive technology: challenging understandings of disability, assistive technology, and the desired life outcomes that assistive technology contributes to; and building a public evidence base through consumer-focussed research. In short, government funding of assistive technology needs to move beyond a limited focus on functional needs and take responsibility for fully equipping people to live the lives they aspire to.

Category: Local Perspectives Policy & Funding Quality & Standards Smart Homes & Environmental Controls

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 1 year ago

Impact analysis of Smart Assistive Technologies for people with Dementia


Authors: Trudy Yuginovich, Jeffrey Soar and Ying Su

Faculty of Business & Law, University of Southern Queensland

Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China

Year of Publication: 2012


Aims: To trial the use of a range of available Smart Assistive Technologies for people with dementia and their families.


Summary: The disability support and aged care sectors have not to date taken full advantage of assistive and other relevant technologies; there is a massive unmet need for greater support and a significant level of issues that are not addressed. There are a range of potential benefits of Smart Assistive Technologies for people with dementia, their families and carers. This small study confirmed some of these whilst confirmation of other potential benefits will require more research.

Category: Allied Health Communication Domestic Assistance Local Perspectives Regional Service Delivery Robotics Smart Homes & Environmental Controls

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 1 year ago

Assistive Health Technologies For Independent Living


Assistive health technologies have the potential to improve health outcomes and quality of life, reduce healthcare costs and offer solutions for independent living, particularly for the aged and people with disability. Despite the benefits provided by these health technologies, the deployment and use in Australia is limited. The aim of this project was to explore the question: “Can the participation of experts from a range of disciplines in a user-centred network improve the adoption of assistive technologies to enable healthy and fulfilling independent living for people who are aged and people with disability?”

Category: Local Perspectives Policy & Funding Quality & Standards Workforces Considerations

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 1 year ago