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ATSA Independent Living Expo back in Brisbane and Sydney in 2022 after a 3-year break

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“At the beginning of 2021 we didn’t know if we would be able to hold one ATSA independent Living Expo event, let alone three,” ATSA executive officer, David Sinclair said at the close of the Canberra event in November. This followed ATSA Independent Living Expo’s in Melbourne and Perth held in May. These events had been delayed from 2020 due to the pandemic.

The Canberra event was delayed four weeks due to the recent ACT lockdowns, but the change affected few of the more than 60 exhibitors on the show floor for the two days.

“It was the held at Exhibition Park, (EPIC), which allowed for wide aisle that were important for safe social distancing, with plenty of easy parking and purpose-built seminar rooms,” he said.

“We were delighted to welcome a number of new exhibitors including Bedshed, COTA ACT, Eyes for Canberra, Lifestyle Solutions, Meridian ACT, Momentum Sports & Rehabilitation Service, Nurse Next Door, PolySpine, RoboFit, Scope Home Access and Vera Living,” said Allison Miller, ATSA sales Manager, “A number of new products were also released at the show. It is great to see such innovation happening.”

Planning is now well underway for the 2022 events with Brisbane all but sold out and Sydney more than 85% sold at the time of writing.

There are many new exhibitors involved with both events and a number of presentations submitted from presenters who have not previously been involved with the event. The program will have a few surprises when it is released early in 2022 and bookings for the sessions will be in demand. The presentations are always well attended and are a drawcard for the event.

What’s new in 2022?

  • Refreshed website and New logo
  • More social media activity
  • New seminar sessions

A first for ATSA

To recognise and celebrate the 20 years of ATSA, our founders, our members and our industry leaders ATSA will hold a Gala Dinner in Sydney – 25 May 2022.  Join colleagues and peers for a night to remember at Accor Stadium in Olympic Park. Tickets are selling fast (table and single ticket options are available).  

Attendee feedback

If you haven’t attended an ATSA Independent Living Expo previously take a look at some recent feedback:

 ‘Thanks for an absolutely fabulous two days. As a consumer I learnt lots and now have some great new pieces of AT on order. I was also able to gain wonderful information that I’m now going to collate and share with members in the support group I volunteer with for my disability, FND (functional neurological disorder).’

 ‘So glad I made the 3.5hr trip to Canberra to attend. I first attended in 2019 and found it to be an invaluable experience, just as I did this year. I am almost certain I will be back to attend many more expos in the future. Thank you again to all involved in making these expos happen, especially during these challenging times.’

‘It was terrific and so nice to get our AT community together.’

‘Loved it all as usual. Good variety of stands. EASY to navigate in 3-wheel (small) electric scooter’

‘Was really great to see all the new stuff that is out there in one place especially as a new grad and felt really comfortable being able to ask all the questions I wanted about different products.’

‘The ATSA expo was definitely worthwhile to gain knowledge about new AT products and I found all the seminars I attended very informative to improve clinical OT practices.’

‘Thank you for continuing to provide this expo, I thoroughly enjoy attending and have done so for many years, it is a fantastic opportunity for therapists to keep up to date with current equipment. I also enjoy attending the information sessions and find them relevant and informative.’

‘Always look forward going to ATSA, wealth of info, products, education and networking. It was a great event loved every minute I was there’

‘Thank you again-love ATSA! Am an OT of 35+ years and it’s my favourite event’

Save the dates and register early

ATSA Independent Living Expo Brisbane – 11-12 May 2022

ATSA Independent Living Expo Sydney – 25-26 May 2022

Visit for more details and to register

Interested in exhibiting or booking to attend the Gala Dinner? Please email or call 02 4646 1453

Interested in volunteering? Email

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Melanie RobertsonATSA Independent Living Expo back in Brisbane and Sydney in 2022 after a 3-year break
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Largest Display of Assistive Technology for WA on display in Claremont

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The following is an article that appeared in Have A Go News WA, May 2021

Across the globe exhibitions have been severely impacted by the pandemic. After March last year, 95% of events that were scheduled were cancelled or postponed. Some tried to transition into virtual events and as restrictions began to slowly ease, hybrid (face to face & virtual) events began to appear. Initial feedback from these has been that people prefer the face-to-face interaction and we are already seeing a return to events. Large crowds at Optus stadium and live music concerts are returning as is WA’s largest expo for assistive technologies.

When ATSA’s 2nd Independent Living Expos in Perth was postponed, it was not only suppliers that were affected, more than a four hundred allied health professionals and visitors had registered to attend. The expo was rescheduled twice and as the vaccines begin to roll out, confidence in attending events is returning, under the new covid safe norm.

Have A Go News asked Interpoint’s Managing Director Simon Cooper who has been running the ATSA expos since 2005, how final preparations for the May event were coming along, and what differences exhibitors and visitors would see.

Ed: in terms of the number of exhibitors, how has the show in Perth been affected?

Simon: ATSA Independent Living Expos are the largest displays of assistive technology in each State. We received only three companies withdrawing for the Perth expo. In the past month we have received many new companies signing up, in fact the Perth show is 30% larger than the 2018 event.  

Ed: And what about visitor registrations. How are they tracking, and do they meet your expectations?

Simon: When the show was postponed we had already more than 400 people registered to attend. We’ve been in communication with all these people and most have reconfirmed they will be attending. So our registration numbers are tracking well, but we know from past experience, around 50% of people who attend register on the day. So we need to keep the messages going strongly over the next two months.

We are expecting more than 1000 visitors to attend.

Ed: what plans are in place to ensure the expo is Covid Safe?

Simon: Each State and venue have different health requirements which makes planning challenging and these can change at a moments notice. As a professional event organiser Interpoint is part of the Exhibition & Event Association of Australia who have developed nationally recognised strategies for holding large events. For the event we have submitted a covid safe plan to the venue to ensure it meets the State Health Department’s requirements.

The expo will operate in a similar fashion to other large indoor venues such as theatres and shopping centres. There will be hand sanitisers, social distancing and QR codes scanning people as they arrive. QR codes have been used for several years at the ATSA shows as they provide a contactless registration system. The halls are large, and we will be within the indoor limit capacity.

Ed: What can visitors expect to see that is new at the show this year?

Simon: Firstly let me start with what’s not changed. The popular free coffee, free parking and free education is all available. Visitors will see a new and totally revamped education program. In particular we have introduced some longer clinical sessions at the request of occupational therapists and also a dedicated technology stream.

We are still collating information from exhibitors as to what they are displaying but as it is two years since the last Independent Living expo we are expecting a lot of new products to be displayed for the first time.

Ed: And final question Simon, what have you heard from the disability sector in general regarding the events?

Simon: Without doubt people are very keen to engage in face to face conversations. The AT industry is very tactile and what we have heard is that visitors and therapists want to see, touch, feel and discuss patient requirements. There is a pent-up excitement about the event; the vaccine roll out and borders reopening is giving everyone a sense of optimism. The events, though different, will be of huge benefit to allied health professionals, visitors, carers and suppliers.

 ATSA Independent Living Expo will be held at Claremont Showgrounds on 25-26 May 2021. The expo opens daily at 10am and is free to attend.

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Melanie RobertsonLargest Display of Assistive Technology for WA on display in Claremont
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