ATL Conference

The Animal-Assisted Services Conference showcases Australia’s Animal-Assisted Services Sector, a rapidly growing health support industry that is meeting the many mental and physical health needs of our communities.

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, experiencing 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.

ATL is committed to the dissemination of research, that brings clarification to the important contributions to human health that animal-assisted services offer. Additionally, the conference aims to facilitate networking and professional development opportunities for those interested in or working in the animal-assisted services sector.

The conference will bring together a broad range of experienced speakers and presenters for our audience’s engagement. They will include allied health professionals delivering Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), educators, coaches, learning and development professionals delivering Animal-Assisted Learning (AAL), professional animal handler teams who qualify for visits to workplaces, hospitals, aged care homes, places of study, and other institutions delivering Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA), and professional assistance animal trainers meeting standards as required to train animals to help people with a disability, better access public life (AA).

We use the Whova event application that pivots from in-person to virtual events, providing a suite of interactive tools. This allows the subscriber to tailor their own rich learning experience and networking opportunities. Whova allows Australia-wide participation providing attendees the opportunity to select what is relevant to them, and when it is delivered to them. Whether via scheduled sessions, podcasts, opportunities for virtual Q&A sessions throughout the live sessions, or for later engagement through recorded sessions. Delegates will have full access to recorded sessions on demand for a 6-month period after the close of the conference. Closed captions will be available for all live sessions and transcripts are available for recorded sessions upon request.

The conference provides a great opportunity to network with corporate, business, and community organisations, health practitioners, industry leaders, funding body representatives, government organisations, service providers, universities, training organisations, people who have a disability or a lived experience of how animals have helped them, and those people who are looking to work in the sector.