2018 Australian Assistive Technology Conference - Experiences, Opportunities and Innovation

Wednesday 14th November to Friday 16th November 2018

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Assistive technology solutions are essential enablers in everyday life, and becoming increasingly important to all people with an interest in health, disability, aged care, education, and employment services.

The Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) is proud to invite you to Melbourne for 3 days of unparalleled networking, advocacy and continuing education in the area of assistive technology at the 2018 Australian Assistive Technology Conference (AATC 2018).

The AATC 2018 theme is Experiences, Opportunities and Innovations. This theme allows focus on the expertise of assistive technology users, prescribers, developers and suppliers, as well as the burgeoning opportunities and innovations occurring in the field of assistive technology in Australia and internationally. AATC 2018 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wednesday 14th November 2018 to Friday 16th November 2018.


Register for AATC 2018

Via https://aomevents.eventsair.com/australian-assistive-technology-conference-2018/aatcdelegate 


AATC 2018 preliminary program is now available online via  http://aatc2018.aomevents.com.au/

There is a fantastic and diverse mix of short papers, skills workshops, and panel presentations available across a range of topics including computer access, 3D printing, NDIS, mobility, seating, mainstream technologies, AAC, housing, Eye Gaze, AT co-design, AT innovation, AT user experience & much more!


Keynote and Invited Speakers

AATC 2018 will provide a variety of presentations that will feature a range of inspiring and engaging speakers.

Keynote and invited speakers announced to date include:

  • Associate Professor Duncan Babbage, Director of the Centre for eHealth at Auckland University of Technology
  • Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Graeme Innes, past Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission and chair of the Attitude Foundation
  • Judy Gregurke, National Manager Aged Care Reform, Director Aged Care Reform Secretaria, COTA Australia
  • Ricky Buchanan, an experienced AT user and innovator
  • Associate Professor Lisa O’Brien, Occupational Therapist, Monash Univeristy

Please see the current Keynote Speaker Announcements via http://aatc2018.aomevents.com.au/

Further speakers for the conference are currently being confirmed and speaker information will continue to be updated.


Call for conference presentations, posters, videos and papers

AT users, practitioners, suppliers, researchers, educators and others are invited to submit papers for presentation at AATC2018. Presentations may relate to specific technologies (e.g. aids for daily living, wheeled mobility, AAC, design and environmental modifications, telehealth, smart technologies and cognitive supports) or domains of participation (e.g. community living, education, communication, employment). They may also address issues of design, research, policy and practice.

Presentations are invited to address the following focus areas:

  1. Experiences of AT…where something has worked for you as an AT user or practitioner
  2. Opportunities to learn more… upskill your knowledge and skills in hard and soft technologies
  3. Innovations in AT… applying practice or research knowledge to demonstrate cutting edge innovations in AT
  4. Evidence for AT practice … creating, building and synthesising the evidence for AT practice
  5. Policies and systems … AT policies, funding and service development

ARATA welcomes presentations from first-time presenters in a range of formats, and is happy to provide mentorship for submissions. For enquiries regarding mentoring or support, contact libby.callaway@monash.edu

For paper submission guidelines, go to http://aatc2018.aomevents.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2018/03/Paper-Submission-Guidelines-AATC2018-March-18.pdf

To access the paper submission portal, go to https://aomevents.eventsair.com/australian-assistive-technology-conference-2018/2018-aatc-paper-portal

The deadline for submissions of abstracts has been extended by one week to close of business on Friday 1st June 2018.


Day 2 Conference Breakfast Session

At the 2018 Australian Assistive Technology Conference (AATC), ARATA has developed a collaboration with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations and OT Australia to deliver a breakfast forum on Day 2 of the AATC program 

The aim of the 2018 breakfast forum is to harness expertise of AATC 2018 delegates and other key stakeholders to make an evidenced set of outcome tools available for AT users in order to document the impacts of AT. 

The ARATA / AFDO / OTA Breakfast Forum on Assistive Technology Outcomes is inclusive with AATC full registration. Additional ticket(s) may be purchased at $ 55.00 each.


Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at AATC 2018

There are a range of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at AATC 2018, with a dedicated 3-day AT exhibition to accompany the conference proceedings.

For the AATC 2018 conference prospectus including exhibition and sponsorship pricing, go to http://aatc2018.aomevents.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2018/03/AATC18.Prospectus-20218.pdf

For a live exhibitor floor plan and list of current exhibitors at AATC 2018, see https://aomevents.eventsair.com/ExhibitionPortal/australian-assistive-technology-conference-2018/exhibition/floorplan/live


AATC 2018 Engineers Australia Better Technology Awards

The Engineers Australia College of Biomedical Engineers Better Technology Awards are offered to provide incentive and encouragement for the design and marketing of a technological product, with winners announced at AATC 2018. Entrants will be required to attend the Australian Assistive Technology Conference to be held in Melbourne from 14th to 16th November 2018 and, if practical, the product must be available for demonstration.

Two categories of awards are offered:

  • Commercial - The product must be in its initial production run or have been available in the market place for no longer than 24 months. 
  • Prototype - The product must be in its prototype stage prior to commercial production. 

Nominate now for the AATC 2018 Engineers Australia Better Technology Awards via http://engineersaustralia.wufoo.eu/forms/2018-better-technology-awards/?j=4252233&e=lclark@engineersaustralia.org.au&l=98103_HTML&u=76656099&mid=7001827&jb=0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=

The deadline for the AATC 2018 Engineers Australia Better Technology Award nominations is Monday 28th October 2018.


PLEASE NOTE: more AATC 2018 awards will be announced very soon!