What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology helps people move, play, learn, communicate and work. It’s sometimes called AT, and is any equipment or device that makes daily life easier for people living with disability. This can include anything from a simple device in the kitchen, like a tap turner, to a power wheelchair or eye gaze controlled communication device.
Who is in the Novitatech team?
Our Novitatech team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, allied health assistants, rehabilitation engineers, orthotists and technicians.
Novitatech staff have specialised knowledge, experience and skills with assistive technology to help kids, teens, adults, families and carers to choose, set-up and access the most appropriate AT for their needs.
What we offer
Novitatech offers a range of services and AT including:
- Assessment, advice and information regarding different types of AT (we are recognised prescribers with various equipment funding schemes)
- Clinics where individuals can come along to be assessed and try out equipment. These clinics can help therapists and families choose the right piece of equipment and include walkers, powered mobility, shower chairs and modified bikes.
- Lifestyle improvements by assessing your home or workplace and recommending easier access and living for any person living with disability.
- Training and support using different types of AT. This can be provided either individually or in a group setting. Training can also be provided to school staff and other community groups.
- Access and Communication Technology Service (ACTS). This is a specialist service that provides specialised AT prescription support to therapists working with kids, teens and adults.
- Seating and Mobility is managed by our Seating and Mobility Team who specialise in the assessment, design and fabrication of custom solutions for clients with complex AT needs.
- Orthotics, including fabrication of a broad range of orthotic devices made to meet individual needs and maximise support and function, using the latest 3D technology.
How do I pay for AT?
AT can be funded through a variety of sources including:
- The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Via the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI)
- Via the Lifetime Support Authority
- Via your private health insurance
- Via Service clubs such as Lions Club, who support the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation (ALCMF) to fund a diverse range of walkers and other equipment.