Balance Mat General Manager Ian Bergman met many potential clients at the Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA) exhibition on the Gold Coast on Tuesday.
Billed as the “largest aged services networking event in the southern hemisphere,” the LASA national congress provided a forum for industry leaders, managers and practitioners to come together, learn, celebrate, network and share ideas with their peers.
Although we are still in the later phases of research and development, the LASA congress provided a perfect opportunity for Mr Bergman to gain industry intelligence and feedback from aged care facilities personnel, physiotherapy providers, medical suppliers and other companies.
It confirmed the Balance Mat’s position as a viable alternative to current falls risk assessment tools in the context of a growing population of older Australians who are living longer and demanding better services from healthcare providers as they age.
The trend towards “ageing in place” has led to an upsurge in mobile service providers who visit older Australians in their homes.
Some of these mobile service providers expressed an interest in adopting the Balance Mat as part of their service offerings.
Trials with aged care service providers in Queensland, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne as a result of the contacts made at the LASA congress are in the pipeline.