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— The Novitatech Test laboratory was set up in 1989. It was created to assist the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and Standards Australia produce a range of quality and performance standards for wheelchairs and other rehabilitation equipment.

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.
AT can also be paid for directly by parents, carers or individuals living with disability. To find out more about funding sources or for information or free advice, speak to someone in our friendly team on 1300 668 482.

— Products & Services

Seating and Mobility

Novita’s mobility and seating team fabricate custom and complex equipment items to suit the needs of people with disabilities. Working with the client and their family, we aim to tailor the equipment item to ensure the equipment is comfortable, supportive and functional for everyday activities.

PODD Communication Books

Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) is a means of selecting and organising symbols so that people with complex communication needs and their communication partners can communicate more easily.

Orthotics

Sometimes our bodies need help in supporting or correcting certain muscles and bone structures. External devices are commonly used to modify various characteristics of our muscles and bones. These devices are called orthoses. Orthoses are often used, for example, in shoes to help people with fallen arches or flat feet (pes planus).

Home and Building Modification

Being able to move safely and easily around your home, school and the community is an important part of day-to-day life. Individuals with disability may have a range of different needs for their environment that may not be met by their existing home or other environments. Home and Building Modifications can be a small or large change to a building to make it safer and more functional for an individual.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a key focus area for the speech pathology department of Novita. Some children may not develop sufficient speech to communicate well and therefore require some form of AAC.

Assistive Technology Service (ATS)

Assistive Technology (often called AT) refers to equipment and devices which can include anything from a simple device in the kitchen (such as a tap turner to make using them easier), to a power wheelchair or eye gaze controlled communication device.

— NATA Accredited Test Laboratory

Novitatech’s Test Laboratory was set up in 1989. It was created to assist the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and Standards Australia produce a range of quality and performance standards for wheelchairs and other rehabilitation equipment.

The Test Laboratory is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and provides an independent testing service for medical and disability products to Australian and International Standards.

Why have your Assistive Technology tested at a NATA Accredited Test Lab?
NATA Accreditation assures that testing is performed in a thorough, precise and rigorous way in accordance with relevant Australian and International Standards.

This give you validation, reassurance and confidence in your product’s reliability and quality.

Our qualified and experienced staff will help you with every step of the way giving you accurate and helpful feedback in a timely manner.
We offer Non-scope testing to Australian and International Standards to assist with Product development providing you with invaluable status of the reliability and mechanical stability of the your Assistive Technology.

We are committed to supplying you a complete compliance testing management solution of Assistive Technology to Australian and International Standards in the shortest possible timeframe.

Speak to one of our friendly and dedicated Test Lab staff for further details.

Equipment that has passed testing

Demonstration of compliance with safety and performance standards is becoming a regular requirement of the ordering process and we have produced this list of compliant products to assist you in making effective decisions.

The list below contains only products that have successfully completed National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) endorsed testing within the scope of accreditation of the Test Laboratory. Many more are in the process of testing.

The Standards compliance list dated 29 January 2018 is available to download or print.
Equipment from the following product categories has been tested:

  • Manual wheelchairs
  • Electric wheelchairs and their batteries
  • Shower/toilet chairs and commodes
  • Bath seats
  • Vehicle mounted hoists and ramps
  • Ignitability of upholstered furniture
  • Walking aids
  • Patient lifting and moving aids
  • Hospital beds
  • Lower limb prostheses

If you believe your product should appear in this PDF document please email testing@novita.org.au

NATA Accredited Test Laboratory No. 2953