Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    New guide to help people with disability improve their future

    17/07/2019 3:50 PM
    • One-stop online resource to improve outcomes in later life for people with disability
    • $368,676 funding for the 'Future Thinking: Disability, Ageing and a Good Life' project 

    Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today officially launched the Ability Centre's new Future Thinking website, an online resource for people living with disability, their carers, and the health professionals who support them.


    The Ability Centre is a significant Western Australian disability sector organisation. The State Government provided $368,676 of funding for the implementation of its 'Future Thinking: Disability, Ageing and a Good Life' project.


    The project's aim was to develop information and resources in a range of formats about the effects of ageing on physical disability. Some adults with physical disability were hampered by a lack of resources and supports because the information they needed was not all available from one source. Access to these resources will help to prevent poor physical outcomes in later life.


    The website is the main source of information with links and information pages, downloadable and printable fact sheets, checklists and recommendations to support people with physical disability, and a consumer booklet. An information booklet and related information packs were also created for general practitioners.


    The resources are designed to target critical transition periods impacting on physical ability in later adulthood and to increase knowledge, engagement with services and pro-activity in maintaining health and wellbeing.


    The Future Thinking website is available at http://futurethinking.abilitycentre.com.au  


    Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "The State Government is keen to ensure quality supports and services are maintained for people with disability and their families during the transition to the Australia-wide National Disability Insurance Scheme.


    "The resources developed and implemented through the Future Thinking Project will help to ensure relevant services are available to Western Australians with physical disability, their families, carers and health professionals as the State continues its transition to the NDIS.


    "The State Government is proud to support this project and the ongoing work of the Ability Centre which has been a long-term player in the delivery of support and services to more than 1,800 Western Australians with disability and their families."


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