Assistive technology in Australia: integrating theory and evidence into action

Article


Steel, Emily J. and Layton, Natasha A.. 2016. "Assistive technology in Australia: integrating theory and evidence into action." Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 63 (6), pp. 381-390. https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12293
Article Title

Assistive technology in Australia: integrating theory and evidence into action

ERA Journal ID15771
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSteel, Emily J. (Author) and Layton, Natasha A. (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Journal Citation63 (6), pp. 381-390
Number of Pages10
Year2016
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0045-0766
1440-1630
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12293
Abstract

Background: Occupational therapists use a range of strategies to influence the relationship between person, environment and occupation and facilitate people's participation and inclusion in society. Technology is a fundamental environmental factor capable of enabling inclusion, and occupational therapy models articulate a role for assistive technology (AT) devices and services, but there is a gap between theory, research and practice. The context of AT provision in Australia presents systemic barriers that prevent optimal application of AT devices and services for societal health promotion and in individualised solutions. Methods: The Integrating Theory, Evidence and Action method (ITEA) was used to answer the question ‘How can occupational therapy support AT provision to enable older people and people with disability?’ A wide range of sources were systematically analysed to explore the complexities of AT provision in Australia. Results: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and IMPACT2 model are used as frameworks to reconstruct evidence into statements that summarise the theory, process and outcomes of AT provision. Analysis of the influence of the global disability rights and local policies and AT provision systems is used to highlight important aspects for occupational therapists to consider in research and practice. Pragmatic recommendations are provided to enable practitioners to translate theory and evidence into action.
Conclusion
AT provision can be improved by focusing on evidence for and congruence between theory, process and outcomes, rather than isolated interventions. Occupational therapists should consider the influence of contextual factors on practice, and work with consumers to improve access and equity in AT provision systems.

Keywordsassistive technology; disability policy; ICF; occupational therapy; outcomes measurement
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420318. People with disability
420199. Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified
440706. Health policy
Public Notes

File reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher/author.

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Deakin University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Permalink -

https://research.usq.edu.au/item/q479w/assistive-technology-in-australia-integrating-theory-and-evidence-into-action

Download files


Accepted Version
  • 862
    total views
  • 713
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 2
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Out of scope: locating assistive technology in injury insurance rehabilitation legislation and guidelines
Steel, Emily J.. 2017. "Out of scope: locating assistive technology in injury insurance rehabilitation legislation and guidelines." RESNA 2017 Annual Conference. New Orleans, United States 26 - 30 Jun 2017
The Convergence and Mainstreaming of Integrated Home Technologies for People with Disability
Layton, Natasha and Steel, Emily. 2019. "The Convergence and Mainstreaming of Integrated Home Technologies for People with Disability ." Societies. 9 (4), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9040069
Spotlight on siblings: considering social context in home modification practice
Moller, Jessica, Schneider, Alison and Steel, Emily J.. 2019. "Spotlight on siblings: considering social context in home modification practice." Societies. 9 (2), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9020030
The duplicity of choice and empowerment: disability rights diluted in Australia’s policies on assistive technology
Steel, Emily J.. 2019. "The duplicity of choice and empowerment: disability rights diluted in Australia’s policies on assistive technology." Societies. 9 (2), pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9020039
Understanding assistive technology as a pre-requisite for choice and participation
Steel, Emily J.. 2019. "Understanding assistive technology as a pre-requisite for choice and participation." Journal of Occupational Science. 26 (1), pp. 87-98. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2018.1515648
Content analysis to locate assistive technology in Queensland’s motor injury insurance rehabilitation legislation and guidelines
Steel, Emily J.. 2020. "Content analysis to locate assistive technology in Queensland’s motor injury insurance rehabilitation legislation and guidelines." Assistive Technology. 32 (2), pp. 74-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2018.1485780
Motivations and incentives: exploring assistive technology service delivery from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders
de Jonge, Desleigh, Layton, Natasha, Vicary, Francis and Steel, Emily J.. 2015. "Motivations and incentives: exploring assistive technology service delivery from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders." New Frontiers in Assistive Technology: RESNA Annual Conference 2015. Denver, United States 10 - 14 Jun 2015 Arlington, VA, United States .
Understanding choice in assistive technology service provision: considerations for research methodology
Steel, Emily J., Foster, Michele M. and Bennett, Sally. 2015. "Understanding choice in assistive technology service provision: considerations for research methodology." New Frontiers in Assistive Technology: RESNA Annual Conference 2015. Denver, United States 10 - 14 Jun 2015 Arlington, VA, United States.
Preparing students for health and social care practice through inter-professional learning
Turpin, Merrill, Lynch, Deborah, Spermon, Deborah and Steel, Emily J. 2015. "Preparing students for health and social care practice through inter-professional learning." 38th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference (HERDSA 2015). Melbourne, Australia 06 - 09 Jul 2015 Australia.
Assistive technology provision: towards an international framework for assuring availability and accessibility of affordable high-quality assistive technology
de Witte, Luc, Steel, Emily, Gupta, Shivani, Ramos, Vinícius Delgado and Roentgen, Uta. 2018. "Assistive technology provision: towards an international framework for assuring availability and accessibility of affordable high-quality assistive technology." Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology. 13 (5), pp. 467-472. https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2018.1470264
Mental distress and human rights of asylum seekers
Campbell, Emma Jean and Steel, Emily Jean. 2015. "Mental distress and human rights of asylum seekers." Journal of Public Mental Health. 14 (2), pp. 43-55. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-06-2013-0040
An environment built to include rather than exclude me: Creating inclusive environments for human well-being
Layton, Natasha A. and Steel, Emily J.. 2015. "An environment built to include rather than exclude me: Creating inclusive environments for human well-being." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 12 (9), pp. 11146-11162. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph120911146
Currency and competence of occupational therapists and consumers with rapidly changing technology
Steel, Emily J., Buchanan, Ricky, Layton, Natasha A. and Wilson, Erin. 2017. "Currency and competence of occupational therapists and consumers with rapidly changing technology." Occupational Therapy International. 2017, pp. 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5612843
Drafting standards on cognitive accessibility: a global collaboration
Steel, Emily J. and Janeslatt, Gunnel. 2017. "Drafting standards on cognitive accessibility: a global collaboration." Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology. 12 (4), pp. 385-389. https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2016.1176260
The right choice? An interpretive policy analysis of assistive technology in Australian disability services
Steel, Emily J.. 2017. The right choice? An interpretive policy analysis of assistive technology in Australian disability services. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Queensland.
The structural-personal interaction: occupational deprivation and asylum seekers in Australia
Crawford, Emma, Turpin, Merrill, Nayar, Shoba, Steel, Emily J. and Durand, Jean-Louis. 2016. "The structural-personal interaction: occupational deprivation and asylum seekers in Australia." Journal of Occupational Science. 23 (3), pp. 321-338. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2016.1153510
Challenges of user-centred assistive technology provision in Australia: shopping without a prescription
Steel, Emily J., Layton, Natasha Ann, Foster, Michele M. and Bennett, Sally. 2016. "Challenges of user-centred assistive technology provision in Australia: shopping without a prescription." Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology. 11 (3), pp. 235-240. https://doi.org/10.3109/17483107.2014.941953