Western Australia’s 19th completed Changing Place was officially opened at South Hedland Aquatic Centre by WA Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson.
A Changing Place is an accessible and customised public bathroom for people unable to use universal access toilets.
About 200,000 Australians with disability require assistance to meet their bathroom and personal hygiene needs and without appropriate public facilities, their options are limited and their opportunities to actively participate in community life is restricted.
The new facility is very practical and includes a ceiling hoist, adult changing table, secure automatic door and space for two support people.
Changing Places play a vital role in breaking down barriers by making sure everyone in the community can easily access appropriate facilities such as public bathrooms, so their quality and enjoyment of life is improved.
Initiatives such as Changing Places make a significant difference to everyday life for not only users of the facility but also others such as family, friends and carers.
Source: WA Government