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October Board Report

Tuesday 16, Oct 2018
Board Nominations

Please consider supporting ARATA by joining our Board. Terms are expiring for four of our Board members and vacant positions include Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President. The allocation of these and other roles occurs at the first meeting of the new Board. 

Australian Assistive Technology Conference 2018 (AATC18)

Please tell your colleagues and clients about AATC! Our conference is a major endeavour for us every two years and we need your support, through attendance and by sharing with your networks. Additional support is available for AT users to attend.   For full program and registration details, please see

Highlights of the AATC

Come along to 3 days of intensive workshop, panel, poster and paper presentations on cutting edge assistive technology practice in Australia.  ARATA is hosting the Australian Assistive Technology Conference in Melbourne from 14-16 November 2018.

The conference includes a keynote session and health professional assistive technology and home modifications report writing workshop presented by the Director of AT at the National Disability Insurance Agency.  
Other highlights include:

  • Apple and Microsoft presentations tailored to address the meeting of assistive and mainstream technologies in Australia
  • Workshops and papers on augmented and virtual reality, mobility devices, alternate computer access, housing and home automation, AT standards, training and credentialing, and so much more
  • Panels and papers on 3D printing of limb devices 
  • ICT AT and eHealth – ‘state of the science’ information will be presented by Assoc Prof Duncan Babbage (NZ Centre for eHEALTH) 
  • AT and Human Rights  - keynotes by Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Graeme Innes, past Disability Discrimination Commissioner 
  • The National Aged Care Alliance position on AT for Older Australians, including recent evidence on the costs and outcomes of AT for older Australians, will be showcased in a keynote by COTA’s Judy Gregurke
  • The ARATA breakfast session run in collaboration with OT Australia and AFDO, which will produce an evidenced set of AT outcome measures for application by AT users and clinicians.
  • An extensive AT Exhibition runs for the three days and includes opportunities for community members to visit cutting edge AT displays.

For full program and registration details, please see

And finally, plans are afoot to strengthen the Member Only section of the ARATA website, so please stay posted for more on this.