January Board Update
Jan 29, 2017

The January ARATA Board report includes updates on:

Member engagement opportunities; International News; the Board in action.

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December Update from the President
Dec 20, 2016

December's Board meeting highlights include announcement of our 2018 AATC Conference co-convenors; plans for 2017 Board governance training; and a constitution review.

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November Update from the President
Nov 27, 2016

November’s Board meeting update

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October Update from the President
Oct 30, 2016

October's Presidents Report contains details of AATC POSITION STATEMENTS; International developments for WHO ICF and ISO 9999, and more.

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September Update from the President
Sep 28, 2016

The ARATA Board are working apace on a range of strategic goals including communications, a potential constitution review to improve our equity and our membership reach, finalising the AATC,including policy papers, and visioning for our next conference. Click below to see what we have been up to during September- a month of connections.

Dr Natasha Layton: President

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Free Access to Top 20 AT Articles
Sep 28, 2016

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.

It is interesting to note the themes that have emerged as being important to readers: Consumer involvement, user perspectives and needs, the importance of culture, device use and impact, and service delivery challenges.

As Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology enters a new year and moves forward, you can expect to see more content in these and other areas impacting assistive technology products and services. We invite your involvement and contributions as well as readership.

Marcia J. Scherer
Editor, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology

All articles are free to view and download until March 31, 2017.

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August Update from the President
Sep 1, 2016

Following the first full meeting of our incumbent Board, this is a brief update to ARATA members and friends from the President and Board, pending our new improved electronic communication strategy which will be in place before the end of the year.

Read on for an update on AATC and future conferences, our new Board members and ARATA’s strategic directions. Comments and suggestions from ARATA’s members and friends are welcomed by emailing

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Oct 30, 2015

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AATC 2018 Conference Plans

 ARATA are pleased to announce the co-convenors for the Australian Assistive Technology Conference will be Tracey Bode, Speech Pathologist and Principal with Zytec and Libby Callaway, Occupational Therapist and Researcher with Monash University. Planning has commenced and appointment of a PCO and announcement of Partnering organisations are pending, not to mention date and location!. During our call for convenors, ARATA recieved many expressions of interest in the conference organising generally. This  list of interested ARATEE's have been provided to our co-convenors, and another call will go out in the new year to finalise the organising committee. We are also delighted that Wendy Stevens, past co-convenor of AATC 2016 is on the organising committee once again. Sue Lord of the ARATA Board also takes her skills and knowledge as an AATC 2016 Committee member forward as ARATA Board liaison on the AATC 2018 Committee. 

Keep checking the website for further opportunities to be involved!

Highlights of the 2016 National Assistive Technology Conference

Please visit the conference section of this website for conference highlights and downloadable conference presentations.

State of the Science in Assistive Technology in Australia 2016

During AATC, delegates reviewed a Summary Statement on AT, made available in the conference satchels and revised during an active Breakfast Forum. We are pleased to publish the outcomes:

- Statement on AT Good Practice

- AT Issues Statement

The resulting statements identify 'what good looks like' and 'where to from here' for AT in Australia.  ARATA freely provide these foundation documents as artefacts from AATC 2016. We invite continued dialogue from our  members, partners and cross-sector collaborators to utilise and develop this work in ways which will contribute towards fair and equitable AT provision for all Australians.


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.

“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

Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)

GATE logoThe 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.

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Australia in Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE)
Global Conference on Assistive Devices and Technology, Beijing October 29-30 2015