A Truly Accessible City -- A Glimpse into What's Possible

3rd Oct 18
Changes in the makeup of our population has big implications for the provision of services as healthcare, housing and businesses all look for ways to cater to the changing requirements of the population. With this in mind, the accessibility of our towns and cities is coming firmly under the spotlight. Here we look at what is happening across the globe to make navigating cities much easier for those living with disabilities and reduced mobility.

The Rise of the Elevator and Vestner

6th Aug 18
In the same way motorised transport revolutionised travel and trade, the elevator has had an enormous impact on the way we’ve constructed the buildings we live and work in. Let’s look at some of the milestones in elevator development and for Vestner as a company. The 19th century: The beginning of the modern elevator Defined as an enclosure or platform raised and lowered in a vertical shaft, the elevator is...

Going up - Accessing the Advantages of Building Upward

8th Jun 18
To build upward or outward? It’s a happy conundrum for anyone planning a residential or commercial new build. In the simplest terms, the difference between building up and building out is that of footprint size. The reduced footprint of a multistorey building can greatly reduce build and land costs and afford more location options. Another advantage to building upwards is the ability to create a more functional and compact home or...

How Businesses Can Better Serve Customers with Disabilities

3rd Apr 18
People with limited mobility can modify their homes to suit their specific challenges. The same can’t be said when they head out for the weekly shopping mission. Having left their front door, they’re at the mercy of business owners and any provisions they’ve made for disabled customers – almost 20 per cent of the Australian population. Seeing a shopping environment through the eyes of someone confined to a wheelchair or...

How to Make an Event Accessible for All

3rd Dec 17
Temperatures are rising, and the summer event season is upon us. If you’re disabled or physically impaired, you’ll know all-too-well that well planned access and disabled facilities can make or break your event experience. If you’re not… you probably won’t. Poor access is usually a result of ignorance rather than malice, but is very unwelcoming and in some cases discriminatory, none-the-less. So, read on to learn six ways events can...

$33m Investment Set to Grow Disability and Aged Care Workforce

2nd Oct 17
A substantial government investment of $33m aims to create jobs and transform services for those with disability and the ageing population. Better services and more jobs on the way NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) participants and the ageing population are set to benefit from better support thanks to a $33m Boosting Local Care Workforce Opportunity (BLCWO) package. Publicised in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, BLCWO is a three-year package that aims to...

Portable Platform Lifts Are an Ideal Solution for Access Challenges

5th Jun 17
When it comes to access solutions, one of the biggest challenges is addressing temporary or infrequent access needs. It wouldn’t make sense, for example, to install a platform lift in a home where it would only be need for a few months. Or to build a ramp or install a lift to provide stage access that may be needed only occasionally. In these situations, the best solution may be a portable...

Swimming Pool Accessibility

3rd Apr 17
The Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 is an important piece of legislation that has been in effect since May 2011. This legislation requires that all building approval applications for new buildings or upgrades to existing buildings must comply with guidelines that were created to ensure accessibility to all people. Since their introduction, the Disability Standards have helped improve the accessibility of Australia’s new and upgraded public buildings. This...

Sharing Feedback Received from Our Ageing and Disability in Australia Infographic

24th Feb 17
After publishing our infographic about Ageing and Disability in Australia, we received thoughtful feedback from a number of readers. As a follow up to our infographic, we thought it would be helpful to share some of these insights with you. What we heard The comment we heard most often is that of surprise at the enormity of the issue at hand. While many Australians were aware of the rapid growth of...

Infographic - Ageing and Disability in Australia

22nd Dec 16
Currently in Australia 1 in 5 people are reportedly living with a disability. Almost half of these people are over 65. The aged 65+ population is projected to increase rapidly over the next decades, both in numbers and proportions of the total population. Meaning that in a relatively short space of time, there will be a large number of people in Australia with a disability. This drastic change in the...
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