Workshopping the possibilities of Electronic Assistive Technology

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LifeTec is hosting a workshop for clinicians who are prescribers of Electronic Assistive Technology (E.A.T.) Join us for a full day of exploring new and emerging technologies, current evidence, and sharing stories around the use of electronic AT to enable participation.

When: Friday 26th of May 2017

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue: LifeTec Australia

Address: LifeTec Australia, Level 1 Newmarket Village, 400 Newmarket Road, Newmarket QLD 4051

Cost: $148.50

What is Electronic Assistive Technology?

E.A.T. includes mainstream devices (e.g. mobile phones, tablets, and computers), specialised technologies (e.g. environmental control units, communication devices, medication reminders, health/safety monitoring technologies) and the software and apps loaded onto these devices.

Morning session: 9:30 – 1:00 presented by Libby Callaway and Rebecca Jamwal, Monash University

  • An overview of current research evidence in the field of E.A.T. prescription, capacity building and evaluation
  • Examples of new and emerging E.A.T. use in community rehabilitation
  • Digital stories of people with lived experience of disability who are E.A.T. users, who discuss their experiences of E.A.T. use in community living
  • Details regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme and E.A.T.
  • Presentation of published measures of E.A.T. which may be used by clinicians to evaluate the effectiveness of equipment prescribed
  • Current E.A.T. communities of practice useful to connect with in clinical work.
  • Workshop participants will also be invited to contribute their clinical experience of E.A.T. prescription, skill building, and evaluation within a workshop style discussion.

Afternoon session: 1:30 – 4:30 presented by LifeTec Australia

  • The value of GPS devices in promoting greater participation
  • My own home sweet home: enhancing participation in the home environment through the implementation of technology
  • Enabling vision through new electronic technologies and apps
  • Exploring the Smart Home and smart assistive technologies

For details regarding this workshop, please contact Zoe du Cann via

About the Presenters

Libby Callaway

Libby Callaway, MOT, is a registered occupational therapist who has worked in the field of neurorehabilitation for over 24 years in Australia and the USA. Libby is the director of a private practice, Neuroskills, and a researcher in the Occupational Therapy Department at Monash University. Through her role at Monash, Libby leads a five-year research program on housing, technology, and support design for people with disability who experience high daily support needs. In 2012, Libby led a collaborative team project securing funding for integrated smart housing for people with disability at Monash Peninsula Campus.

Rebecca Jamwal

Rebecca Jamwal, BOT(Hons), is a registered occupational therapist, and a PhD candidate in the Occupational Therapy Department at Monash University. Rebecca’s clinical practice is based in community rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury at Austin Health in Victoria. Her doctoral research focuses on the use of electronic assistive technology by people with disability living in the community, and has included the production of a number of digital stories of people with disability who are experienced technology users.

Desleigh de Jonge

Desleigh de Jonge  is an occupational therapist with over 25 years clinical experience and 12 years teaching and research at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland. She currently co-ordinates consumer engagement and research at LifeTec.  Desleigh has a national and international reputation as a researcher in the effective application of assistive technologies in a range of settings. She has presented at national and international conferences and published extensively in national and international journals. She has co-authored two text books as well as several chapters on the application of assistive technologies in occupational therapy practice.  She served as President of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) from 2005 until 2012 and was a member of the Board from 2002 to 2014.

Kati Bulgarelli

Kati Bulgarelli is an occupational therapist and Services Coordinator at LifeTec, with 5 years’ experience in providing specialist information and advice on assistive technologies to older people, carers and people with disabilities. Over this time, she has developed a passion for home modifications and from this, developed knowledge in working with clients to explore the possibilities available to them to help them control the environment around them.  She is also involved in coordinating team of health professionals and services related to the effective implementation of assistive technology. Her expertise in the field of AT has informed her role in complex home modification services, and in acting as a clinical advisor for AT funding schemes.

Alicia Parry

Alicia Parry is a registered occupational therapist with experience working in rehabilitation and the community sector in Queensland. In her position at LifeTec, Alicia provides specialist information and advice on assistive technologies to older people, people with disabilities and carers.  Alicia has been involved in the delivery of dedicated Smart AT tours for consumers and service providers across Queensland. Alicia is also responsible for developing innovative processes and working with the local communities in New South Wales to identify their AT needs and service requirements. Alicia has a special interest in smart assistive technologies and technologies to augment vision.

26th May, 2017 9:30 AM   through   4:30 PM
LifeTec Australia, Level One, Newmarket Village
400 Newmarket Road
Newmarket, QLD 4051

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Phone: 07 3552 9000
Standard Rate $ 148.50

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