Jan 29, 2017

January Board Update


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The January ARATA Board report includes updates on Member engagement opportunities; International News; the Board in action 

Member engagement opportunities to progress ARATA’s strategic objectives

Thanks once again to the ARATEE’s who let us know they were willing to support our 2017-2018 work towards ARATA’s strategic objectives. Depending what you put your hands up for, you will be contacted shortly by the AATC Conference Co-convenors, or by our Education leads.

***Join us in Sydney or Brisbane! We are seeking ARATA members to co-present with us at the Brisbane and Sydney ATSA Expo’s (see ‘The Board in Action' update for more details)


The ARATA Board in Action

Come and join us as part of an ARATA panel at Sydney or Brisbane ATSA Expo’s.

Members of the Board will be running sessions within the ATSA program at both ATSA Sydney (10 May from 1:15 – 2 pm) and ATSA Brisbane (24 May from  9:15 - 10:00 am).

SESSION ABSTRACT: The Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association, ARATA, is a national peak body including AT users, AT practitioners from all allied health professions, AT suppliers, AT researchers, policymakers and others. ARATA supports and promotes best practice for rehabilitation and assistive technology provision in Australia by:

  1. Serving as a peak body and national forum for rehabilitation and assistive technology stakeholders;
  2. Undertaking, supporting and promoting scientific, literary, professional and educational activities; and
  3. Promoting active participation of AT users in the community.

This paper introduces you to members of ARATA’s Board and Community of Practice, and will update you on:

-          Current ARATA resources and projects

-          Membership profile and reflections from the 2016 Australian Assistive Technology Conference

-          Policies affecting AT provision in Australia

Come along, connect with your peers, and provide your perspective on AT today and into the future.

 

ARATA Board Planning Meeting 1-2  April in Melbourne

ARATA’s Board will hold their annual face to face strategic meeting in Melbourne. This will include a governance training session with Associations Forum. We welcome member contributions to our agenda and, if there is sufficient member interest, can make the Board available for a teleconferenced  Q&A session during the meeting.

 

REHABILITATION 2030 SUMMMIT

ARATA have been invited to WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the Rehabilitation 2030 Summit in February. We will be ably represented by past ARATA Board member Dr Emma Friesan. ARATA have been invited to make a statement at the Summit and will be involved in the two day program to progress the goals of accessible and equitable rehabilitation, including access to assistive technologies, by 2030.  ARATA members can contribute by emailing your responses to the following Call to Action questions:

-          What are the three things international and nongovernmental organizations can do in a coordinated effort to raise awareness about rehabilitation among international and nongovernmental organizations?

-          What are the three things international and nongovernmental organizations can do in a coordinated effort to raise awareness among policy makers of the need for rehabilitation?

-          What are the three things international and nongovernmental organizations can do in a coordinated effort to raise awareness among civil society of the need for rehabilitation?

-          What are the three things international and nongovernmental organizations can do in a coordinated effort to raise awareness among the private sector of the need for rehabilitation?

 

Responses to president@arata.org.au by COB Friday 3 January

 

GLOBAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN AT (GREAT) SUMMIT

ARATA member Natasha Layton is part of the organising committee for the inaugural GREAT Summit, 3-4 August in Geneva. Details below.

The GREAT Summit will bring together 100 top global researchers, educators and innovators who are carrying out research or offering training programmes related to assistive technology policy, products, personnel, provision, and use.  

The GREAT Summit is intended to be transformative through:

1.    advancing the global priority research agenda

2.    establishing thematic research collaborations in  effects, costs and economic impact of assistive technology;    assistive technology policies, systems, service delivery models and best practices; high-quality and affordable assistive technology; human resources for the assistive technology sector; standards and methodologies for the assessment of assistive technology needs and unmet needs.

3.    identifying new research funding opportunities

4.    accelerating innovative education and certification

5.    working towards a common impact assessment tool and

6.    show-casing groundbreaking research and education.

Selected proceedings from the Summit will be published in the journal of

Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

Those interested in attending should email Wendy Hamzai: hamzaiw@who.int  

 

The ENTELIS Network – resources and commitments

ARATA members are reminded of the extensive resouces available at http://www.entelis.net/.The European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society is also calling for commitments to enact change at local and systems levels. ARATA are considering our capacity to commit, and suggest our members do to!