Workshop hosted by AAG Technology Special Interest Group (AAG TECHSIG)

Tuesday 22 November
1.30pm to 3.30pm
Adelaide Convention Centre
$50.00 per person


Older Australians who need assistive technology face  significant barriers to accessing this support. The Assistive Technology for  All campaign, supported by more than 60 organisations spanning the health,  ageing and disability sectors, is addressing this issue. Influencing policy  change is not an easy process though, and it often requires an evidence-based  approach.

That’s where the Australian Assistive Technology Equity Study comes  in, using  applied research methods  including policy analysis and economic evaluation to establish the first ever  national benchmarking of AT for Australia. Come along to this session to find  out more about this Australian first research, and the unique approach taken  by the Occupational Therapist, Health Economist and policy change agent who  led this work.  


- Gain a better understanding of the assistive technology and home modifications landscape as it applies to older Australians
- Learn how professionals from a range of disciplines can collaborate to influence systemic change
- Learn more about the role economic modelling and research can play in influencing systemic change
- Learn how to connect the dots between research and advocacy , and how the Australian Assistive Technology Equity Study will be used to support the call for improved access to assistive technology for older Australians into the future.

This workshop encourages people who want to join the dots between practice, policy and resourcing.


Dr Natasha Layton
Occuptaional Therapist, RAIL Research Centre
Dr Layton is an occupational therapist, senior research fellow with RAIL Research Centre, and industry adjunct with Swinburne University. She works locally and nationally in Australia with a range of consumer groups, government and the non-profit sector.

Natasha consults globally to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Co-Operation on AT Initiative, and represents Australian Standards as the Australian expert to ISO TC173/Sc2/WG12 Assistive Products. She is a founding member of the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations (GAATO) on behalf of Australia’s peak body for AT,ARATA..
Lauren Henley
Assistive Technology for All campaign
Lauren Henley is a keen assistive technology user, having lost her sight in a motor vehicle accident in 2006. She is the Coordinator of the Assistive Technology for All campaign that’s being spearheaded by Council on the Ageing Victoria, and is a Board member of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association.

Lauren has over a decade of experience working in ageing and disability policy. She has previously worked in the role of Advisor to Australia’s Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner and has also represented the rights of Australians with disabilities at the United Nations..
Dr Natasha Brusco
Physiotherapist, RAIL Research Centre
Natasha is a physiotherapist and a health economist, and is the Rehabilitation Stream Lead for the RAIL Research Centre. Over the past three-years Natasha has been involved in economic modelling analyses regarding the provision of assistive technology to older persons, and persons with disability, in Australia.

Natasha’s primary research focus is on cost-effective rehabilitation models of care, with a particular interest on the provision of rehabilitation self-management and weekend services, as well as maximizing incidental patient movement while in hospital.