Oct 30, 2016

October Update from the President


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

The Board and I are pleased to share with you some deliverables from the AATC Conference. The 2016 Statement on AT Good Practice, and the 2016 AT Issues Statement, have been made available under the News tabs and Conference tabs. Based on a foundations document written by ARATA members Emily Steel, Desleigh de Jonge, Michelle Verdonck and myself and developed by over 200 AT stakeholders attending the AATC,  these papers summarise a 'state of the science' for AT in Australia in 2016. It is hoped the Statement on AT Good Practice will be useful as a summary of key practice principles and supporting literature, while the accompanying Issues Paper points to future work to be done.

I had great pleasure this month in attending the WHO FIC meeting in Tokyo, discussing a review of the Products and Technology chapter of WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (2001). This meeting coincided with the ISO 9999 meeting,which I attend as the Australian expert. This meeting saw the culmination of four years of review work with the publication of ISO9999: 2016.

Tokyo was also hosting its Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition, slightly larger than Australia's ATSA exhibition (!) and a bit of an eye opener in terms of the robotic technologies coming our way. It was a great pleasure to meet international colleagues from ARATA's sister organisation RESJA  who had a stand at this event.



ATSA have Sydney and Brisbane Expo's coming up in 2017 and the Board and I hope that you, the ARATA membership, will join us in having a greater presence at these events (and perhaps a stand!). Abstracts have been submitted for both 10-11 May 2017 Sydney Olympic Park and for 24 May 2017 Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, and if accepted, members of the ARATA Board will be calling for ARATA members to join us on the podium to make these sessions vibrant and productive.