Kymberly Martin

ARATA Webinar: Animal Supports in Community Living

Get the answers from the experts with this Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) webinar that will explore the impact of animals on social and community participation of people using these supports. 


Consideration of different types of animal supports for people with disability or health conditions will be offered to attendees, including detail on companion animals, volunteering or interacting with animals, animal assisted therapy, assistance animals and emotional support animals.

By attending this webinar, people will:

  • Gain knowledge regarding the different types of animal supports a person may use within community living, when experiencing disability or health conditions
  • Consider possible funding options and guidelines for Animal Supports within Australia
  • Hear perspectives and experiences of people using animal supports  within community living   
  • Understand potential benefits and cautions regarding Animal Supports used.

This webinar is suitable for people who may be:

  • Considering animal supports in their own life
  • Advising others on the use of animal support within community living
  • Planning animal supports as part of allied health practice, or 
  • Funding or developing animal support programs through government or other community initiatives.

The webinar will be delivered by Dr Em Bould from the School of Primary and Allied Healthcare, Monash University, whose most recent research focuses on the impact of animal supports used in community living; Dr Miranda Van Hooff, executive director, Military and Emergency Services Health Australia who is currently evaluating assistance dog programs for veterans and emergency services personnel with PTSD; and  Dr Janette Young , University of Adelaide researcher with people and pets a theme across her life particularly people over 60 and their relationship with their pets.

The webinar can be watched live (with captioning) from 4pm-5.15pm AEDT on December 9, 2020 or viewed later via a recording (with caption transcript available).

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