Assistive Technology is an intervention that has the potential to address Australia’s changing demographics and deliver positive health and wellbeing outcomes to older Australians.
The Assistive Technology for Older Australians research report (February 2018), includes a rapid evidence review and economic pathway analysis of the cost-benefits of using AT within older Australians. The research found firm evidence that AT delivers independence, autonomy, safety and participation for consumers. Yet, as highlighted in the report, AT provision in Australia is currently inequitable, inefficient and, most importantly, fails to maximise government expenditure by taking advantage of the savings potential of assistive technology.
The National Aged Care Alliance makes a series of recommendation within its position paper including calling for a national assistive technology program, greater investment in AT within aged care, clearer funding and program responsibilities across jurisdictions, better access to data, increased consumer awareness and literacy regarding AT, and better alignment of the aged care and disability service systems for provision of AT, amongst others