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Workshop to aid aquatic access for people of all abilities

May 6th, 2024

A new Aquatic Access for All Abilities workshop will be held at the Assisted Technology Supplier’s Australia (ATSA) Independent Living Expo on May 21, 2024 at Sydney Olympic Park.

The workshop aims to provide valuable insights into aquatic therapy and the availability of programs. The event is tailored for aquatic operators, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, planners, consultants, and representatives from the community sections of councils.

The workshop will open with keynote speaker, Australian champion and Paralympian Hall of Famer Louise Sauvage, Ambassador for Disability Sport Australia. Sauvage will share her inspiring story on how water therapy transformed her life, highlighting the significant impact aquatic activities can have on individuals with disabilities.

Attendees can look forward to a diverse line-up of speakers from various professions who will share their expertise and insights. Topics covered will include aquatic therapy benefits, pool safety measures, reducing barriers to access, identifying suitable aquatic locations, and tips on building clinicians’ confidence in implementing aquatic therapy programs.

The expo is hosted by IAKS ANZ and sponsored by Fluidra Commercial, manufacturer of SR Smith aquatic access hoists.

“We are thrilled to host this session, bringing together professionals from different sectors to discuss the importance of aquatic access for individuals of all abilities,” says David Burns for IAKS ANZ. “Our aim is to encourage further participation in aquatic therapy and programs, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for many.”


Date: Tuesday 21st May 2024

Time: 9am -12.30pm with short site tour offered at the end.

Location: Room 3, Hall 5 Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

Session: Aquatic Access for All Abilities

For more information and to register for the event, visit https://interpoint.eventsair.com/atsa-expo-sydney-2024/registration/Site/Register

By Chris Maher
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