Sep 28, 2016

September Update from the President


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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.

Connections during September occurred on a range of levels: internationally with fellow Presidents of the international AT Professionals Alliance, nationally with bodies such as ATCAN NSW, the Dept of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, and with many individual AT users and AT practitioners at the recent Internaional Polio Conference in Sydney.

ARATA input on ICHI

I look forward to progressing AT related connections and discussions at the World Health Organisation Family of International Classifications in Tokyo in early October, and direct interested ARATA members to the latest work on naming the human factors or soft technologies of 'what we do' in AT interventions, as defined by the draft International Classification of Health Interventions. The most relevant sections to our work are under Activity and Participation, or under Environmental Factors: Products and Technology, when you search the online platform. I will be meeting the authors of this classification and welcome contact from ARATA members who have comments or improvements to offer.