Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Equipment for living funding boost

    22/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Western Australians with disabilities will have access to more specialised aids and equipment following a $750,000 funding boost from the Carpenter Government.


    Disability Services Minister Sheila McHale said the funds would buy specific equipment, not available through other support programs, to increase people’s independence.


    The equipment will be provided through the Independent Living Centre under the Equipment for Living program.


    “This funding will secure specialised aids and equipment that can make the world of difference to the lives of many people with disabilities across the State,” Ms McHale said.


    “This could include substantial pieces of equipment such as specialised beds or car seats for both adults and children, or mobility aids for people with vision impairment such as sensor canes.


    “Environmental controls for the home, including telephone adaptations for people with hearing impairment or doors that open automatically, are also on the list of equipment to be funded under this program.


    “We are endeavouring to respond to a clear need within the community for equipment that will substantially improve people’s quality of life and, importantly, that will provide them with a greater opportunity for community involvement.”


    The Minister said the funding was in addition to the $8million provided this financial year for the Community Aids and Equipment Program for essential equipment for people with disabilities such as wheelchairs and home modifications.


    Applications for the Equipment for Living grants open in August and are invited from people with a disability who are eligible for specialist disability services funded or provided by the Disability Services Commission.


    Further information is available from the Independent Living Centre on 1300 885 886 or at


    Minister's office - 9213 6900