Our History

Portrait of Louise Van WilligenEstablished 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.