Why we need Changing Places?

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, around 200,000 people with disability suffer from severe or functional incontinence and require the assistance of carers and/or continence pads for their toileting needs (Incontinence in Australia: prevalence, experience and cost; 2009). Read the report

A standard disabled access toilet is designed for independent use by an individual and do not contain the features required by many people with severe or profound disabilities.

Changing Places toilets are designed for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. A Changing Place facility must include:

–      An adult sized adjustable changing table

–      A ceiling hoist

–      Sufficient circulation space for up to two assistants

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Lack of appropriate toileting facilities are a fundamental barrier to social inclusion and we believe a network of Changing Places toilets in convenient locations across Australia will transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians.

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The Changing Places program is working with local campaigners, government organisations, architects and developers to advocate for Changing Place toilets in convenient locations across the country.

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Resources and Tools

Want to know more about installing a Changing Places facility. Please view our resources and tools page

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