The Animal-Assisted Services Sector Virtual Conference is a great opportunity to learn and network with industry leaders, funding body representatives, service providers, allied health practitioners, training organisations, people wanting a career in the sector and those who have a disability or a lived experience of how animals can help humans.

 Animal Therapies Ltd (ATL) is the leading Australian institution for promoting the prevention and management of mental illness, disability, disease and suffering through animal-assisted services. This includes people at risk of, or who are, suffering mental illness, eye disease, hearing impairment, seizures, asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes, fluctuating blood pressure, cerebral palsy, autism, post-traumatic stress, episodic or serious medical crises, disability, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal cord injury and other physical, neurological or psychological conditions.

 The animal-assisted services sector is made up of a range of different professionals who have animals working alongside them as a key part of their service delivery. The type of service being delivered depends on the qualification of the person delivering it:

  *   Allied Health professionals deliver Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)
  *   Educators, Coaches, Learning and Development professionals deliver Animal-Assisted Learning (AAL)
  *   Professional Animal Handler Teams who have been assessed as suitable for visits to workplaces, hospitals, aged care homes, places of study and other institutions deliver Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA)
  *   Professional Assistance Animal Trainers who satisfy certain standards required to train animals to help people with a disability better access public life deliver assistance animal training and or placement. (AA)

The conference will offer sessions across various streams running from 1 - 28 February 2021. Presentations will be facilitated on Assistance Animals, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Animal-Assisted Learning, Animal-Assisted Activities, Species Specific Topics, Disability Specific Needs, Funding, Research, Ethics and Standards, Business Topics including risk and insurance.

Attendees can tailor make their conference experience by choosing the topics that are of most interest to them. Upon request, a CPD certificate will be provided at the end of the conference to conference attendees who participated in live sessions and completed the feedback form. Please check with your peak body on how attendance at the conference will be recognised in CPD points. Most sessions will be recorded and available for viewing up to 6 months after the conference ends if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

This conference received grant funding from the Australian Government for people or carers of people with a disability to attend through the National Disability Conference Initiative. To apply for fully funded attendance under this program, please apply using this link
Real Time Captioning will be provided on all sessions for the hearing impaired. *The number of government funded registrations is limited.

The National Animal-Assisted Services Sector Conference is a unique opportunity to have recipients, practitioners, training organisations, government, allied health practitioners, the corporate sector and community health all in the one virtual room learning about animal-assisted services and exploring how we can advance the sector to help more people in need. We look forward to welcoming you to the world of Animals Helping Humans. * Please note the agenda is subject to change.