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Global Challenges Enabilise


The Project

Stage 2

Are you over 55? Do you have a physical mobility issue and/or use a mobility aid?

Enabilise Stage Two is now underway. This stage is looking to pinpoint core issues highlighted in Stage One. The Enabilise team would like to invite people aged over 55 who have a mobility issue or who use mobility equipment to complete a survey online or over the telephone. You can register your interest for a telephone survey by calling the Enabilise team on 02 4221 4261. For more information about the survey, download the participant information sheet.

Enabilise Take the Survey 

Survey findings will inform Stage Three of the project – design, prototype and potentially manufacture new mobility equipment.

Stage 1

This collaborative research project aims to understand and respond to the mobility issues experienced by people over the age of 55 which are not being adequately serviced by existing assistive mobility technology.  Enabilise is led by the Global Challenges Program, the Aged & Community Services Association of NSW & ACT, and Illawarra Forum.

The goal of this project is to develop new mobility equipment in response to the lived experiences of individuals over the age of 55 with mobility issues, along with carers, allied health professionals, aged care service providers and representatives from mobility equipment distributors and repair services.


Stage One of the project is now complete. The project team held several focus groups in June 2015, which helped to identify current mobility issues and problems experienced with equipment encountered on a daily basis.  Findings from Stage One can be accessed in summary form, or download the Enabilise Stage One Report.

The Researchers

Enabilise is a truly collaborative research project, bringing parties together from within the University of Wollongong and external organisations.

Professor Lorna Moxham is a Professor of Mental Health Nursing in the School of Nursing and the Leader: Living Well, Longer in Global Challenges.

Dr Eliza de Vet holds a PhD in Human Geography and has substantial experience in qualitative research.

Dr Tamantha Stutchbury holds a PhD in Biochemistry and is the Research Strategy Leader for Global Challenges. 

Mark Sewell is a Director and the Illawarra Regional Chair of the Aged and Community Services Association of NSW/ACT which provides support for more than 300 aged care providers.

Nicky Sloan leads and manages Illawarra Forum, and is committed to advocating for the community services sector and the needs of disadvantaged communities and individuals.

Professor Geoffrey Spinks a Professor of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronics in the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute as well as Manufacturing Innovation Leader for Global Challenges.

Associate Professor Victoria Traynor is the Associate Director of the NSW & ACT Australia Dementia Training and Study Centre.

Bruce Thomson is the Business Development Manager for Innovation and Commercial Research at UOW.

Leanne Taylor is the Executive Director of Taylored Outcomes, an Illawarra based management consulting firm, and was previously employed with AusIndustry. 

Last reviewed: 21 September, 2016

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