June Board Report

Read the June Board report for an update on ARATA strategy and operations, and what this means for ARATA members

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May Board Report

The Board has switched to a second-monthly meeting cycle, with active subgroups working to progress the Strategic Plan.

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April Board Report

ARATA's Board met for a 2 day strategic planning weekend in Melbourne on 1&2 April.

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March Board Report

SYDNEYSIDERS: where are you? We are seeking ARATA members who may be attending the Sydney ATSA Expo Volunteer here

CALLING AT USERS: co-authorship opportunity 

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February Board Report

This month’s Board report focusses on national and international activities.

Volunteers Required!

Nationally, the upcoming Sydney and Brisbane ATSA EXPO's are an opportunity for ARATA members to connect, contribute and earn CPD points! Volunteer to staff the ARATA booth and participate in the workshop HERE

International Representation

ARATA was one of the few AT Professional Organisations to be invited to the  Rehabilitation 2030 Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. ARATA was represented by a longstanding member and past Board member, Dr Emma Friesen, who currently resides in the Netherlands. Read on for ARATA's message to the Summit and Submitted Statement.

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January Board Update
December Update from the President
November Update from the President
October Update from the President
September Update from the President
Free Access to Top 20 AT Articles

The Eleventh Edition of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology is now complete. In celebration of this achievement,  free downloads are available of the top 20 cited articles since volume 1, number 1.

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ARATA have been invited to speak at the public submissions into the Senate Inquiry into the Delivery of Outcomes under the National Disability Strategy (2010-2020).

The ARATA Submission is now publcally available (click link below and scroll to No 22)

We have ARATA members representing us globally in June, July, August and September at:

RESNA Conference (North America. June)

Inaugural WHO GREAT Global Research, Education and Innovation in AT Summit (Geneva, Agust)

AAATE Congress (UK, September)

iCREATE (Kobe, Japan, August)

2nd Global Conference on Assistive Technology (Beijing, September)

We look forward to reports on these global events for our local practice, later in the year - travel safely everyone!


Towards a National Assistive Technology Alliance

In these times of significant demographic and policy change, it is important to collaborate as a sector. In March 2017, ARATA hosted an AT Sector Roundtable for 16 national organisations working in the AT arena, including Independent Living Centres, TAD Australia, allied health and engineering professional bodies, AGOSCI, ATSA, and representatives from ageing and disability peaks. Participants decided to contiiinue to meet and to form a community of practice collaborating to influence policy, practice and resource allocation.

NATA progress

The March Roundtable was an opportunity to identify areas of shared interest, and to pool our knowledge, expertise and perspectives. An environmental scan demonstrated many shared issues and potential synergies.

The June teleconference saw AFDO and MODA join us, and determined vision and aims:

NATA Vision

The National Assistive Technology Alliance (NATA) aims to ensure a positive future for all AT stakeholders by working collaboratively to influence policy and industry standards and practice for the AT sector

 NATA Aims

  • To positively influence policy to support AT stakeholders
  • To positively influence AT industry standards, practice and outcomes
  • To be the preferred communication hub for policy, industry standards, practice and outcomes for the AT sector

July will see another meeting focussing upon aged care and allied health.

ARATA note the interest expressed by ARATA members, particularly from the academic sector. We look forward to discussing further how academic perspectives may engage with this initiative.


ARATA is a national association whose purpose is to serve as a forum for information sharing and liaison between people who are involved with the use, recommendation, customisation, supply and ongoing support of assistive technology.

We are a members based organisation and encourage all people to join our association.  Please visit our members section of our website for further details.

Download the ARATA Brochure (pdf, 1.1 mb)

Please visit the about us section of our website for further details.

Practice Supports

ARATA members form a community of practice through membership of the ARATA listserv, with expertise across a wide range of AT devices and service types.

ARATA Projects to inform public policy

ARATA has invested in a major piece of policy work regarding AT Practitioners and the NDIS. ARATA jointly won Practical Design Funds to conduct a project on Establising Quality in the AT Practice and Supply Sectors. 'click here' or 'go to publications'

Please visit the NDIS website for further updates and information about the progress of the scheme.

ARATA are proud supporters of Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)

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The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) GATE Initiative has only one goal – to improve access to high-quality affordable Assistive Products, responding to the call to increase access to essential, high-quality, safe, effective and affordable medical products, one of the six WHO leadership priorities.

Related articles written by Emily Steel:
Australia in Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE)
Global Conference on Assistive Devices and Technology, Beijing October 29-30 2015

“Toward consensus on Assistive Technology (AT) Terminology and Scope in Australia”

IN 2016 ARATA and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) hosted a seminar to discuss assistive technology provision for people with disability as a local and global priority. Held at  Nossal Institute, University of Melbourne and teleconferenced around Australia, this event brought together global, Australian and local perspective and started an important conversation regarding AT in Australia, and how to identify, provide and describe it.

Click here for presentations by the speakers
·  Chapal Khasnabis (WHO) ‘What is the GATE initiative and why now?’ (Large file 3.9Mb)
·  Dr Natasha Layton (ARATA, AHPA) ‘How AT enables inclusion’
·  Dr Lloyd Walker (NDIA) ‘Improving AT provision in Australia and beyond

To view the full video (1hr 47 min) of the seminar, visit this link