Changing places, changing lives
The Victorian Government is investing $750,000 in Changing Places, cutting-edge accessible bathroom facilities for people with a disability, their carers and family.
Based on a successful United Kingdom model of the same name, Changing Places provides a height adjustable adult size changing bench, a tracking hoist system, space for a person with a disability and two carers as well as a non-slip floor and other facilities.
The funding will allow for six new Changing Places and a mobile facility. Discussions are well underway with the MCG and the Melbourne Zoo for Changing Places facilities to be located at each of these popular locations.
In addition, a Changing Places facility will be incorporated into the Rod Laver Arena as part of the Victorian Government’s $338 million investment in Stage 2 of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment.
The community can provide feedback on where the remaining three facilities are located by completing an online poll available at: http://change.dvize.net. The online poll closes on 11 October 2014.
According to Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge, Changing Places will give people with a disability greater peace of mind. They will also help in removing a barrier to participation in the community by their placement in key sporting and entertainment venues as well as tourist destinations.
Changing places will be developed in collaboration with people with a disability and the Changing Places Consortia, a group of over 50 Local Councils and disability services agencies led by the Association for Children with a Disability.
Ms Wooldridge said Changing Places delivers on the Victorian Government’s intent of the Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-16 to remove the barriers that prevent people with a disability from participating in the community in the same way as others.