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The community is at the heart of the Australian Museum (AM), where everyone is welcome to learn and be inspired. We are committed to championing the importance of accessibility and inclusion by ensuring that the exploration of nature and culture is accessible to all.
As part of our Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan, the AM has installed a Changing Places facility that provides a full sized change table and hoist to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities and their carers.
The Changing Places facility is located next to the lifts on Level 2. Please request the access to this facility from any AM staff, security or from the admission desk. You can also download the AM map to print at home.
The AM Changing Places facility provides:
A height-adjustable adult-sized change table.
A constant-charging ceiling track hoist system.
A centrally-located peninsula toilet.
Circulation spaces as defined in the design specifications.
An automatic door with a clear opening of 950 mm at a minimum.
Wall-mounted retractable privacy screen.
Changing Places provide suitable facilities for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. The initiative was launched in the UK in 2006 and since then has gone from strength to strength with Australia's first Changing Places opening in Ringwood Lake in 2014.
A Changing Places facility allows people with high support needs to fully participate in the community. This may include people with an acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and motor neurone disease, as well as many other people with a disability.
In 2019, the Australian Building Codes Board released the National Construction Code 2019, which now requires Accessible Adult Change facilities (based on Changing Places designs) to be included in certain classes of public buildings.
There are now 165 Changing Places across Australia. To find your nearest toilet click here.