What’s On

The Independent Living Centre offers a range of training and events aimed at providing information and education to a range of groups in the health, education, community and disability sectors.  Some events are aimed at clients, family members and carers, through to sessions for health professionals, educators and service providers. Workshops are delivered by different teams within the organisation, based on their teams skills and expertise.

Assistive Equipment Services,  ILC Tech and OTDA all offer a unique service making regular visits to rural and remote areas of Western Australia. You can view their upcoming trips here.

Quick links to our monthly calendars: for January, February, March, April, May and June.

Nedlands 'Drop By' times
ILC-17ILC 'Drop By' times (Assistive Equipment Services)
Drop in to view the thousands of products on display at the ILC Equipment Display Centre. No appointments are necessary and therapists will be available to offer assistance during the times below.

When: Every Wednesday and Friday between 10.00am and 1.00pm
Where: ILC Nedlands Head Office, The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Free with parking available on site

Please note: Some complex technology and equipment items are not suitable for viewing during our ‘Drop By’ times. You may be required to make an appointment to get advice about these items. ILC Tech staff are unavailable during ‘Drop By’ times. We know that your time is valuable. It is therefore recommended that you contact the ILC on 9381 0600 prior to visiting us to see if an appointment is necessary for the equipment or technology you would like to view. This will ensure that you get the assistance you require when you come in.
View further information about ILC Assistive Equipment Services


What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in January
OT Driving Assessment & Disability Awareness Training
Are you a driving instructor who'd like training in Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment?
Would you like to start the year with a more firm grounding in Disability Awareness Training?
Then come along to our new professional development session specifically designed for you.

Our driving occupational team are hosting a professional development session on Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment and Disability Awareness Training specifically tailored to driving instructors for on road training and assessment.

Target Audience: Driving instructors.

When: Friday 19 January, from 9am - 1pm.
Cost: $60
Where: Independent Living Centre, Training Room, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands 6009

A morning tea and light lunch will be included.

Eventbrite - OT Driving Assessment & Disability Awareness Training
ILC OT seated beside a man with disabilty while she shows him an ipadPragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory 2 day workshop
The PODD approach provides strategies to support the design, production and implementation of communication systems to enable genuine communication for a variety of functions in all daily environments. PODD includes strategies to minimise some of the common difficulties associated with the use of multi-level communication books.

Target audience: This workshop will be of interest to speech pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers and parents of individuals who have complex communication needs. Family members and support people of someone using PODD may also be interested to attend this workshop. If you are considering high tech PODD, this training would also be beneficial to develop your understanding about PODD features, organisation and teaching and learning strategies.

When: Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th January, 9am - 4:30pm.
Where: Independent Living Centre, Conference room, The Niche, Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $500.00 Early bird rate (Register before Friday 5th January). $550 standard ticket

This workshop is sold out. Please contact the ILC's Training and Events Officer on 9381 0600 or training@ilc.com.au if you'd like to be added to the waiting list.
Ed Zone 2018 – Preparing Young Carers for Success
Come along for a fun filled day with plenty of laughter and excitement.

Ed Zone 2018 will host some amazing guest speakers and teachers to work with you on your health, wellbeing and education.

We will kick start the day with Creative Expressionismsismmms Laughing Yoga from 10:00am followed by a delicious morning tea.

At 11:30am A1 Learning will provide some awesome skills for staying on top of your study and managing your school/home life balance.

We will then break for a yummy lunch and wrap up with a wonderful presentation on Mindfulness and Positive Psychology presented by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health.

There will also be a bunch of $40 shopping vouchers to give away on the day, so make sure you come along to avoid missing out!

Target Audience: Young Carers (12 - 17 years of age).

When: Thursday 25th January 2018 from 10:00am - 2:30pm.
Where: Currambine Community Centre, 64 Delamere Avenue, Currambine WA 6028
Cost: Free

Eventbrite - Ed Zone 2018 – Preparing Young Carers for Success
What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in February
Technology to support people with literacy difficulties

Through attending this workshop you will develop an awareness of the range of technology options available to support people with literacy difficulties, such as dyslexia, and develop your knowledge of technology to support reading, writing, planning and organizing writing. You will gain confidence in using technology to support curriculum access and individual education goals, and cover a variety of examples of technology that can be used to support literacy.

Target audience: This workshop would be of interest to health professionals, education staff, parents of children with literacy difficulties and adults with literacy difficulties.

When: Friday 9th February, from 9:30am – 11:30am.
Where: Independent Living Centre, Conference room, The Niche, Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $140

Eventbrite - Technology to support people with literacy difficulties
What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in March
Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory 2 day workshop

Due to popular demand we have added a second workshop for 2018.

The PODD approach provides strategies to support the design, production and implementation of communication systems to enable genuine communication for a variety of functions in all daily environments. PODD includes strategies to minimise some of the common difficulties associated with the use of multi-level communication books.

Target audience: This workshop will be of interest to speech pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers and parents of individuals who have complex communication needs. Family members and support people of someone using PODD may also be interested to attend this workshop. If you are considering high tech PODD, this training would also be beneficial to develop your understanding about PODD features, organisation and teaching and learning strategies.

When: Tuesday 6th March - Wednesday 7th March, 9am - 4:30pm
Where: Conference Room, The Niche, Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Early bird ticket $500.00 (Register before Friday 2nd February), standard ticket $550

Eventbrite - Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory 2 day workshop
ILC OT Genna walks beside Lynette while she rides and trials the mobility scooterIntroduction to Scooters and Assessment
With increasing numbers of people needing scooters, it's more important than ever to be sure that you have the necessary and up-to-date skills and knowledge needed to help your clients.
It will cover currently available products, what to consider when selecting a scooter, skills required and safety considerations, and you will also have the opportunity to get some hands on experience with a variety of scooter models.

Target audience: This workshop is aimed at health professionals, support staff, New Graduate OTs and student OTs who are involved with scooter assessment and prescription.

When: Thursday 8th March 2018, from 9:30am-11:30am
Where: Conference Room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Early bird - $100, standard - $140

Eventbrite - Introduction to Scooters and Assessment
ILC staff mounting an iPad to the arm of a wheelchair and trialling it.Supporting Adults with Complex Communication Needs
In this workshop, our experienced ILC Speech Pathology staff will discuss what Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is and how it can help someone with complex communication needs to get their message across. You’ll complete the workshop knowing that there is a wide variety of communication supports available and how you can be a supportive communication partner with the person you’re assisting.

Target audience: This introductory workshop is essential for support staff, group home staff, family members, people with communication difficulties and other professionals with an interest in supporting people with complex communication needs.

When: Tuesday 20th March 2018, from 9:30am-11:30am
Where: ILC Training Room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $140

Eventbrite - Supporting Adults with Complex Communication Needs
What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in April
Introduction to Pressure Management Equipment
Whether you're getting started in pressure management or you'd like a refresher to make sure your skills and knowledge are up to date, this hands-on workshop is for you.
Attendees will get an overview of equipment and its role in preventing and managing pressure areas, the basics of pressure management assessment and the considerations to keep in mind when prescribing equipment, and the opportunity to try equipment commonly used to assist pressure management.

Target audience: Health professionals.

When: Thursday 12th April, from 9am - 12pm
Cost: $140
Where: Conference Room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands

Eventbrite - Introduction to Pressure Management Equipment
Proloquo2go Workshop

Have you just started working with Proloquo2Go?
Would you like to know how to program Proloquo2Go?
Would you like ideas on how to teach someone to use Proloquo2Go?

This workshop will take you through the introductory steps involved in using Proloquo2Go to create communication pages personalised to an individual. You will learn basic programming such as how to:
- Create individualised pages
- Create categories and icons
- Use photos
- Back up your programming
- Make best use of settings, views and restrictions

Target audience: Speech Pathologists, Teachers, Education Assistants, Carers and supports for Proloquo2go device users.

When: Tuesday 17th April, 9:30 - 11:30am
Cost: $140
Where: Independent Living Centre, Training Room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands

Eventbrite - Proloquo2go Workshop
What's on at the Independent Living Centre WA in May
Young boy using assistive technology with an OT seated beside himAAC in Practice - Hit the ground running!
Starting work in the disability sector?
New to working with AAC?
Getting more referrals for clients with little or no speech?

The ILC are offering a practical 6 part workshop series for Speech Pathologists new to the field of AAC and Speech Pathology Graduates. These workshops are designed to give you confidence, practical strategies and resources to work with clients with AAC needs and their support teams. The workshops will involve presentation of information, video examples, hands-on activities and take away activities each week to consolidate learning.

Target Audience: Speech Pathologists new to working with clients with AAC needs and Speech Pathology Graduates.

When: This series is run over 6 weeks from May 8th to June 12th, every Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7pm.
Cost: Early bird tickets - $300, Standard tickets - $350
Where: Independent Living Centre, Training Room, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands 6009

Eventbrite - AAC in Practice - Hit the ground running!
What's on at the Independent Living Centre WA in June
ILC OT with mature lady trialling crutchesFundamentals of Assistive Technology workshop
This workshop covers the fundamental skills and knowledge for good AT practice for support staff to make safe decisions. The key concepts in the AT process will be explored as well as how to facilitate a good AT journey for your clients. In addition to this, the practical activities will give participants hands-on experience with equipment for daily living, and utilising good resources of AT information.
Assistive Technologies are one of the key strategies under the NDIS and My Aged Care reforms to support wellness, reablement and participation for clients with disabilities and aged care needs.

Target audience: This workshop is essential for support workers, support coordinators, nursing staff, RAS assessors, local coordinators and planners, activity officers, residential care staff, allied health staff who are new to AT, therapy assistants, pharmacy assistants and suppliers and retail staff.

When: Thursday 7th June from 8:30 - 12:30pm
Where: Independent Living Centre, Training room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $140

Eventbrite - Fundamentals of Assistive Technology: Enabling frontline staff to understand consumers AT needs
Home Modifications for Children workshop
This workshop will cover knowledge about broad principles for evaluating the product and design requirements of children, as well as practical information on the process of measuring the child, their carer and equipment, the process of measuring the existing home environment and design solutions. Attendees will also be provided with information about resources to assist clinical practice and an opportunity to discuss and problem solve case scenarios from your own work setting.

Target audience: The target audience for the workshop includes occupational therapy practitioners and others.

When: Wednesday 27th June from 9am - 4:30pm
Where: Conference Room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Early Bird - $300, Standard - $350

Eventbrite - Home Modifications for Children workshop
kelly_home_ot_bathroomBathroom Modifications workshop
This workshop will cover knowledge about broad principles for designing bathrooms for domestic homes and practical information on products and designs to suit bathrooms for older people and people with disabilities. The workshop will also feature information about resources to assist with problem solving a range of client scenarios, and give you the chance to have a direct discussion about technical building issues, with a builder who is present at the workshop and an opportunity to discuss and problem solve case scenarios from your own work setting.

Target audience: The target audience for the workshop includes occupational therapy practitioners and others.

When: Thursday 28th June from 9am - 4:30pm
Where: Conference Room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Early Bird - $300, Standard - $350

Eventbrite - Bathroom Modifications workshop
ILC Regional events and activities
ILC Country Services visits to your Region

See our Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists from the Country Services Team, who will be visiting your Region to provide information, advice and have a range of equipment on display at a variety of local events. Some individual appointments may also be available on request.

When: Planning for 2018 in Progress

Where: Expressions of interest are being sort, therapist are available for appointments and presentations. Please email country@ilc.com.au or call 1300 855 886
More information available here