Your Ability, Australia’s premium healthcare hub, is making healthcare choices for people with disability and medical conditions, ageing, individuals with food allergies, carers and family much simpler.
Almost 4 million Australians have a disability. About 50% of people aged over 55 have difficulty with their mobility, hearing or vision. By 2050 more than 25% of the population will be over 65. If we add their families, friends and colleagues the number of people affected by disability is larger still.
Australia and New Zealand have among the highest prevalence of allergic disorders in the developed world. An ASCIA-Access Economics Report estimated that in 2007, 4.1 million Australians (19.6% of the population) had at least one allergic disease, with highest prevalence in the working age population, with 78% of those affected aged 15 to 64 years. It is predicted that from 2007 to 2050 the number of patients affected by allergic diseases in Australia will increase from 4.1 million (19.6% of the population) to 7.7 million (26.1% of the population).
Each of these people are a potential customer, client and employee.
So good access to the buildings from which businesses and organisations operate and the services they provide makes good sense. Good access also benefits others including parents of young children in prams; people with temporary illness of injury; older Australians; delivery people and shoppers with heavy bags or trolleys.
Food labels can provide a wide range of information to help customers make food choices. Food labels also help to protect public health and safety by displaying information such as ingredients and certain allergens.
Your Ability instantly showcases what accessible services and food allergy menus business and organisations displayed on Your Ability provide.
Every listing instantly displays accessibility and food allergy symbols. When reading a listing, users can hover their mouse over each symbol and a caption provides what services are available.
The key benefit is to be informed before leaving your home. Nicole, Carer of a person with Cerebral Palsy said:
Knowing if there is an adult change table, or if a companion animal was accepted into a café was key to being organised and relaxed while heading out for the day. Getting out the door was a huge effort. Being able to search Your Ability and instantly see what services are provided by a café or community centre will allow me to plan my day and know I will be accepted and all my needs met.