USE OF AIDS AND EQUIPMENT BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY IN AUSTRALIA
People with disability may benefit from the use of aids or equipment1 to help them improve their functioning, promote independence and increase their participation in social and economic life.
The results from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers provide information on the aids and equipment used to assist Australians with disability.
- Around half of people with disability used aids or equipment1 in 2015
- People who lived alone2 were more likely to use aids or equipment1 than those who lived with others2
- Most people who lived in residential care3 used aids or equipment
- Over 1 in 4 people with disability used communication aids, such as cochlear implants or speaking aids
- Use of hearing aids by older Australians4 with disability has increased
- 1 in 7 people with disability used a mobility aid, such as a wheelchair or walking stick
- Females with disability were more likely to use mobility aids than males
- Around 1 in 6 people with disability used aids or equipment1 for self-care, such as a showering aid
- 1 in 5 people with disability used aids or equipment1 to help manage health conditions5, such as a blood pressure monitor
Refers to any aids, equipment or other devices used by a person with one or more disabilities to assist them with performing tasks, but does not include help provided by another person or an organisation
Living in households
Includes hospitals, nursing homes, hostels or other health establishments where the resident had been, or was expected to be living there or in another health establishment for a period of three months or more
Aged 65 years and over
Other than taking medication
Further information is available in Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015
(cat. no. 4430.0) available from the ABS website
(www.abs.gov.au). A pdf version of the information sheet is available from the Downloads tab of this publication.