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Changing Places - when is a bathroom more than a bathroom?

February, 2018

February, 2018

When it is also a tool for promoting inclusion, ensuring that people with a disability are able to access appropriate bathroom facilities when out in the community. As a Registered NDIS Provider and a strong supporter of inclusion, we are pleased to hear that $1.7 million in State Government funding has been allocated to build Changing Places bathroom facilities across South Australia.

Accessible bathroom facilities a win for South Australia

The new Changing Places facilities will benefit people in both metro and regional areas. Metro areas flagged to receive a Changing Places facility include:

  • Adelaide Oval
  • Rundle Mall
  • Glenelg U-City development in Franklin Street (CBD)

Regional areas that will host Changing Places facilities include:

  • Port Lincoln
  • Whyalla
  • Victor Harbor
  • Mount Gambier

In addition to these brick and mortar bathrooms, two portable toilets called Marveloos will be provided. These can be transferred to public events including festivals and concerts.

What is a Changing Places facility?

Changing Places facilities are accessible bathrooms. They include a customised toilet with a changing table suitable for both children and adults. The toilets include:

  • a height-adjustable adult-size changing table
  • a tracking hoist system
  • non-slip flooring
  • extra space for those who use a wheelchair and those who have two carers

Emphasis on accessibility and inclusion

Libby Burns, our National Disability & Allied Health Services Manager said that access to appropriate bathroom facilities will make a huge difference to people in the community. “It’s great to see that it isn’t just the metro Adelaide area that will benefit. People with a disability live in regional areas too, and accessibility is just as important in Whyalla as it is in Rundle Mall.”