My youngest daughter has cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair and needs to be hoisted from her chair to the toilet, bed etc. Usually any outings we do as a family need to be planned around going to the toilet and are much shorter than we would like them to be.

However two weeks ago we went to the Melbourne Zoo having heard that a changing places toilet had just been opened. Well, we felt like a normal family for a change. We didn’t have the worry of our daughter not drinking too much before we went out, we didn’t have to leave our family gathering early, we didn’t have to strain our backs lifting her onto a toilet. What we did do was have a fantastic time knowing we could access a clean, fully equipped toileting facility with ease when we needed to.

We have also used the changing places toilet at the MCG, again this was great as we were celebrating my husbands 50th Birthday there and it would have been very disappointing to leave his own party early.

We need more and more of these facilities available in many more public places, in particular Chadstone Shopping Centre which is currently under going major renovations. How easy would it be to put in one or two of these facilities in the Southern Hemisphere’s largest shopping centre.

Everyone deserves the right to leave their home to access the community and know that a toilet is available for them to use as others do.