Australian Government Department of Health
Assistive technology (AT) can effectively support older Australians to remain in their own homes safely. Unfortunately, many people are not able to access the AT they need. The Australian Government appointed AHA to conduct a review of AT programs in Australia and identify ways to improve access to AT for older Australians.
AT is an umbrella term for products and services that maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence. AT can also prevent impairments and secondary health conditions. Examples include wheelchairs, prostheses, walking sticks, hearings aids, visual aids, and specialised computer software and hardware that can increase mobility, hearing, vision, or communication capacities.
Building on previous work by the Australian and state/territory governments, AHA:
AHA used a mixed-methods approach to conduct the review over two stages:
This review also informed AHA’s evaluation of the reablement trial for the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
AHA’s final report is available on the Department’s website.
AHA identified ways to improve access to assistive technology and developed options for a future service delivery and funding model.