The Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) responds to the NDIA’s AT Discussion Paper, and advocates that roles for all stakeholders must be considered.
Summary of ARATA's key recommendations arising from the Discussion Paper:
1. Evaluate outcomes from AT provision in trial sites and other systems to inform in the development of procurement and service delivery policy, consumer supports, and continuing professional development.
2. Support practitioners and researchers to validate existing AT service models for use in Australia.
3. Assist ARATA and other key stakeholders to develop a national accreditation system for AT practitioners and suppliers.
4. Investigate and document the roles, activities, and scope of practice of suppliers and peer mentors in AT service delivery, and associated outcomes for AT users.
5. Ensure the coupling of AT devices with appropriate soft technology support for device selection, implementation and review.
6. Investigate the efficacy and potential expansion of existing peer and consumer networking channels.
7. Support research into consumer use of information and decision-making in AT provision.
8. Fund independent AT information services and explore options for facilitating consumer ratings of products and services.
9. Identify AT products not yet available on the Australian market.
10. Fund research into AT development and commercialisation in Australia.