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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NDIS AT Strategy
Nov 20, 2015

The NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy can be downloaded from the NDIS website or follow this link.

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Oct 30, 2015

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Calling for EOI in the 2018 Conference Convenor 


After a highly successful 2016 conference, run in partnership with Occupational Therapy Australia, the ARATA Board would like to invite members to indicate their interest in convening the next conference, two years hence.

Expressions of Interest including a CV and cover letter telling us what experience, passion and ideas you bring to convening an AT Conference, to by COB 13 November

 Why become a Conference Convenor?

Convening the peak continuing professional education event for AT in Australia:

-        connects you with our AT community

-        provides opportunities to foster links and synergies within and across the multiple sectors which utilise AT (education, disability, aged care, health, early intervention and more)

-        is a focussed, time-limited way to exercise your project management skills towards a tangible outcome

-        will count on your CV!

 What will I do as Conference Convenor?

You will be involved in the two year conference planning and implementation cycle, commencing with strategic decisions such as when, where, and with whom.

As Convenor/ Co-Convenor, you will be partnered with an ARATA Board member, and will be supported with extensive background knowledge and resources from past conferences. It is not necessary that the Convenor is from the same State as the proposed venue. 

 Preliminary scoping indicates it is likely the next Conference will be held in Melbourne, Victoria, and possible that a partnerships approach will again be used. The ARATA Board are currently reviewing the schedule of other events, university breaks and other timetabling considerations, but at this state it is proposed the Conference may be scheduled between late July and early November.

2016 National Assistive Technology Conference

The Australian Assistive Technologies Conference (AATC2016) was held at Jupiters, Gold Coast, Queensland on the 27th through to the 29th of July 2016.

We thank our partners at Occupational Therapy Australia and all our sponsors, exhibitors and delegates for such an inspiring and successful event.

Please visit the conference section of this website for

  • conference highlights
  • downloadable conference presentations
  • 'Where to from here for AT in Australia?' AATC delegate comments

Coming soon - Revised statements on Assistive Technology in Australia

All AATC delegates had the opportunity to read and review a Summary Statement on AT, made available in the conference satchels. Over 200 delegates contributed to an active Breakfast Forum to review and revise the content. This data is being analysed in order to produce some evidenced, policy-relevent and practice-based statements and directions for AT in Australia, to be used by ARATA and our partners and collaborators in our work 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.

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

ARATA and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) hosted a seminar on Friday 11th December 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.

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

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.