LifeTec is a social enterprise that provides dedicated assistive technology (AT) services. Our aim is to enable people of all ages and abilities to actively engage in home, work, school and community life.
We are experts in recommending the correct use of assistive technology, displaying hundreds of helpful items in our Ambient Living Display Centres, and we have an extensive online database of many more. Our qualified health professionals will give you impartial advice so that you can make informed decisions about what is best for you.
Established in 1981 as The Independent Living Centre by Louise van Willigen, LifeTec has been providing specialist advice and information to help people make their lives easier through assistive technology.
Louise was an astute, energetic, and visionary leader. On its opening, the Independent Living Centre was a modest one room display staffed only by Louise herself in a humble demountable unit on the grounds of the Greenslopes Hospital.
In 2004, Louise passed and left a dynamic and diverse organisation which provides information and advice on assistive technology to thousands of Queenslanders across the state. She welcomed visitors to a display of over 1000m2, and visited places as remote as Saibai Island and as close as Woolloongabba.
Louise encouraged innovation, creative thinking, and respect for every individual. Those of us fortunate to have worked with Louise will remember her warmth, sharp intelligence, soft spoken and almost aristocratic manner, as well as her wicked sense of humour.
LifeTec’s strategic purpose is to connect people and communities through assistive technology to enable their aspirations.
To achieve this, LifeTec:
- works directly with members of the community to solve individual problems of access and independence;
- raises community awareness and understanding of how assistive technology can be used to overcome obstacles in everyday life;
- educates health professionals on the application of assistive technology;
- seeks to extend the amount of people this service can reach by using and researching current innovation and technology;
- contributes to the development of assistive technologies by identifying community needs; and
- advocates for communities to acknowledge and remove barriers to access and independence for individuals.
LifeTec's Vision Video