Maroondah City Council, Vic, for Changing Places—Changing Lives—Transcript

[Music plays and text appears on screen: Changing Places—Changing Lives, Maroondah City Council, VIC. Disability Access and Inclusion CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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Jack Mulholland: The city of Maroondah is just over a hundred thousand. It's in the outer eastern Melbourne.

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Changing Places is about a toilet, a toilet for people with severe or profound disability.

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For many families out there who have a severe or profound disability, they actually can't engage in their community because your standard accessible toilet, under the national building standards, do not meet their needs.

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They need features such as a ceiling hoist, an adult change table.

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Without these features generally what happens is every time they look to go out the same options apply, do we go out at all, and if we do go out do we have to come home?

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The other options are sitting in soiled clothing.

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And the last option, and now this is an option that families take because they're just so desperate to live a life outside of four walls, that they actually change their son or daughter on a floor of a public toilet.

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It's surprising that a lot of people are completely unaware that it did actually exist.

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We've been working with Queensland Investment Corporation in regards to their redevelopment of their local shopping centre, and with that they allowed us to form what you call an access focus group.

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So I was allowed to have five people, local people with disabilities.

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And when it came to toilets I couldn't find best practice.

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So we developed this Changing Places Information Kit which had a full design specification.

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It had information about usage of slings, of hoists, it had costings, it had information about the entry.

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But every bit of information we put in that kit we got the expert in that area.

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Local councils in Victoria have been a driving force behind Changing Places.

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There's a lot of local councils have been fantastic and come onboard.

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If this award, just by happening, gave some promotion to other local councils across the nation, and we have an information kit, so any council became interested, we actually can provide them with that kit, effectively the power to change people's lives in their own community.

[Text appears on screen: Changing Places—Changing Lives, Maroondah City Council, VIC. Disability Access and Inclusion CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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Last Updated: 18 June, 2015