Victoria’s Aids and Equipment Action Alliance (AEAA) formed in 2006 as a non-profit, multi-member group consisting of people with disabilities, advocates, health professionals and service providers working to improve the availability of aids and equipment to aged and disabled Victorians. AEAA was an Incorporated Association from August 2010 until April 2015. A decision was made to dissolve the AEAA in February 2015. The National Disability Insurance Scheme launch sites requires a national approach and national groups such as ARATA (www.arata.org.au ) continue to raise awareness of all aspects of assistive technology. This archive is a record of some of the activities and projects undertaken by Victoria’s AEAA. The AEAA continues as an informal network of connected Victorians. These pages remain as a public record and archive of relevant actions and research. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Natasha Layton
AEAA Principles for Aids and Equipment Provision
In line with relevant Human Rights legislation any system involved in the provision and funding of aids and equipment should meet the following principles:
- A fair balance of government and private expenditure: Government investment in aids and equipment should be consistent with levels of need, and should be regularly adjusted to reflect demographic and technological changes.
- Meets individual needs: Access to government funding for aids and equipment should be responsive to individual need and recognising the needs of families and carers, allow for choice and the timely allocation of equipment that is appropriate to the individual.
- Government funding guaranteed against clear eligibility guidelines: Any individual who needs aids and equipment should have security of entitlement if they are eligible, and eligibility criteria should be transparent.
- Allows for life changes: Provision of aids and equipment must be timely and responsive to changes in the life situations, needs and aspirations of individuals, families and carers and reflect improvements in technology.
- Efficient systems: Systems for the provision, maintenance and recycling of equipment should be designed to maximise the efficient use of government resources.
The Aids and Equipment Action Alliance was developed following joint work by the Association for Children with a Disability, Melbourne City Mission, Scope, and Disability Justice Advocacy, with involvement from Yooralla, to hold the Equipping Inclusion Forum in October 2006. This initial group of organisations came together due to their shared concern about the high level of unmet need for aids and equipment in Victoria. Two research reports (one by Melbourne City Mission and one by Scope) were published to highlight these issues. The Equipping Inclusion Forum was held to explore policy options for an improved aids and equipment system and involved a very wide range of stakeholders from the disability sector, including people with a disability. The Forum coincided with the Victorian Government Review of the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program.
- To achieve increased investment in Aids and Equipment programs in Victoria
- To advocate for greater choice in the provision of aids and equipment, targeted to suit individuals
- To gather evidence in relation to the provision and use of aids and equipment
- To increase public awareness of issues relating to the availability and provision of aids and equipment
AEAA Systemic Advocacy Archive
AEAA News Archive