ATL Conference

The 2024 Animal-Assisted Services “In Person” Conference is being held on the 15 and 16 February 2024. Location and venue to be confirmed. A National event showcasing 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. We are offering both *virtual and in person access to the conference.

There will be two streams for the 2024 conference. One for practitioners and one on research.

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 a registered health promotion charity committed to assisting people through the provision of animal-assisted information through our website registry and funded services. ATL is also committed to providing opportunities for education and the dissemination of research, that brings clarification to the important contributions to human health that animal-assisted services offer. Additionally, our aim is 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. This includes researchers, health professionals, educators, coaches, learning & development professionals, aged care and support workers, mental health first aiders, crisis support workers, assistance animal trainers and assessors; and visitation animal handler teams.

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. Delegates will have full access to recorded sessions on demand for a 3-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 across the value chain with health practitioners, industry leaders, insurers, funding body and government representatives, 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.