The Animal-Assisted Services Sector Virtual Conference 2021
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.