Feb 24, 2017

February Board Report

This month’s Board report focusses on national and international activities.

Volunteers Required!

Nationally, the upcoming Sydney and Brisbane ATSA EXPO's are an opportunity for ARATA members to connect, contribute and earn CPD points! Volunteer to staff the ARATA booth and participate in the workshop HERE

International Representation

ARATA was one of the few AT Professional Organisations to be invited to the  Rehabilitation 2030 Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. ARATA was represented by a longstanding member and past Board member, Dr Emma Friesen, who currently resides in the Netherlands. Read on for ARATA's message to the Summit and Submitted Statement.


1. Seeking ARATA members to spend 2 hours with your ARATA colleagues, staffing the ARATA Stand - if you can help us out, please fill your name in here

2. Contributors to the ARATA Workshop in the Clinical Programs: add to your CPD points by contributing to a Workshop in the Clinical Program: Please join us on a panel for the ARATA Workshops Strengthening our Assistive Technology Sector: a tour of ARATA’s resources and community of practice in either Sydney or Brisbane. Indicate your interest and Sue or Natasha will be in touch with more information about the session, to hear your ideas, and to work with you in getting these workshops off the ground.

What are the workshops about? See the Abstract below. To let us know you are available, please fill your name in here


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 made a written submission in support of the Millennium Goals and emphasising the key role of assistive technologies as a rehabilitation intervention. ARATA also championed the skills in collaborative, outcome-focussed practice and in researching and measuring complex interventions, which AT practitioner hold and can contribute to other aspects of rehabilitation practice in the context of the Rehabilitation 2030 Call to Action. Read ARATA’s statement to the Assembly here.

Emma Friesen's report back to the Board emphasised the global world in which we operate. The Summit included policymakers and funders, AT journal editors, lead AT academics and researchers, as well as AT users from across the globe. A range of technical and focus meetings adressed the specialist / CBR approaches to rehabilitation, the need for global leadership and how to implement a global rehabilitation agenda. These connections will inform ARATA's international and global contributions towards equity and access to AT.