Assistive technologies on show at COTA forums

Aged care peak body the Council on the Ageing (COTA) is holding a series of events in Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane later this month focusing on the use of assistive technologies in aged care.

The guest speaker at the COTA Assistive and Enabling Technologies forums will be Kevin Doughty, director of the Centre for Usable Home Technology (CUHTec) at the University of York and Newcastle University in the UK.

Dr Doughty is an expert in the design, evaluation and market assessment of assistive technologies (AT), telecare, telehealth and medical informatics systems.

He is also speaking at the Innovation in Health conference being organised by the Australian Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) in Melbourne on October 24 and 25.

Later that month, Dr Doughty will give a keynote address at a one-day conference for community care providers in Brisbane for service providers looking at introducing assistive technology innovations into their service delivery.

While each COTA forum will have a consumer event, in which older people and their families are invited to view a range of technologies and how they can be used in the home, there will also be a policy event aimed at policy makers involved in assistive technologies and community support, ageing and aged care bodies and service providers.

The policy forums will discuss international experiences in the deployment of assistive and enabling technologies, policy and funding mechanisms as well as exploring the effect on and engagement of consumers.

Government strategies such as the UK's Whole Systems Demonstrator (WSD) and Delivering Assistive Living Lifestyles At Scale (DALLAS) programs, as well as some of the policy and funding approaches being deployed internationally, will be discussed.

The consumer forums will explain to older people how technology can help them maintain their wellbeing and independence, as well as the importance of the right assessment and choosing the best product to help manage chronic conditions and dementia.

Event times and locations are available from the COTA website or from Community Resources Worldwide.

Posted in Aged Care

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