Informing the Australian government on at policy: ARATA's experience

Emma Friesen, Gunela Astbrink, Lloyd Walker, Michael Summers, Natasha Layton, Desleigh De Jonge

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For consumers of AT to achieve successful outcomes, AT practitioners, suppliers and other stakeholders need underlying policy and resourcing environments which enable them to provide their services effectively. This paper describes the process used by the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) for developing and disseminating an evidence-based Policy Statement and Background Papers on Assistive Technology for Australians. The process was conducted by an experienced team and included literature reviews and member consultations, followed by a policy launch, advocacy strategy and meetings with government officials. In ARATA's experience, developing a policy statement and disseminating it through a targeted advocacy strategy is an effective way for a non-profit professional organization to influence government policy.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology 2013 - Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Republic of (South)
Duration: 29 Aug 201331 Aug 2013
Conference number: 7th


ConferenceInternational Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology 2013
Abbreviated titlei-CREATe 2013
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of (South)


  • Assistive Technology
  • AT systems
  • Disability care Australia
  • National disability insurance scheme
  • NDIS
  • Policy

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