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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

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram – ATSAexpo to stay up-to-date with all that is happening at the shows.

Melanie RobertsonATSA Independent Living Expo back in Brisbane and Sydney in 2022 after a 3-year break
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What are the 4 most important things you need to know before you choose any assistive technology?

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  1. You need to know that you can trust your assistive technology (AT) supplier to uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
  2. You need to know that the people you are dealing with have the experience and expertise to provide quality equipment that suits your individual requirements.
  3. You need to know that your AT supplier acts ethically, is honest, fair and transparent in their business practices keeping your best interests in mind.
  4. You need to know that your supplier is committed to industry “best practice”, acting equitably and with integrity – respecting you as their valued customer.

When it’s time to make your next AT purchase, take a minute to think about who knows AT best – the people who design, manufacture, import, consult, fit and deliver precisely what is required directly to the person they’ve built their entire business around – YOU!

How can you feel confident in finding the right supplier to meet those needs?

The answer is easier than you think…

Look for the supplier who has promised to meet the exacting standards of the Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia (ATSA) Ltd Code of Practice . This is your assurance that you are engaging with the best in the business – ethically and expertly.

All ATSA members, be they wheelchair, walker or walking cane providers, understand the importance of abiding by ATSA’s respected Code of Practice designed to protect you, as the ultimate client of assistive technology.

 “It’s better to be safe than sorry”

Confidence that you are dealing with a reputable business is vital when making a decision that will enhance your quality of life. This is why ATSA exists – to sustain a framework that supports ethical trading between you and your AT retailer. ATSA’s Code of Practice provides you with the security and peace of mind that comes from engaging with mutual respect and shared values.

Since 2000, ATSA members have worked together to build a not-for-profit association that aligns their principles and exemplary business practices as a model of corporate citizenship and social responsibility.

ATSA is an active participant of National Disability Services, the Australian Standards AT sub-committee and the Australian Ethical Health Alliance. ATSA represents its’ members by striving to improve healthcare in Australia through the articulation and affirmation of ethical principles that promote the interests of patients and consumers, enhances access to safe and effective healthcare, and encourages ethical collaboration in the healthcare sector to build public trust.

ATSA is now also a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) with the objective to advance health, social and public welfare.

As members of the peak AT industry body, members are dedicated to compliance with ATSA’s respected Code of Practice to ensure that those objectives are met and sustained with empathy and integrity.

“Looking after the needs of our clients is both our business and our pleasure because, as specialist AT suppliers, it is our business to understand  what AT users need”

That’s how a truly caring and well-regulated industry becomes established – a need for quality improvement is identified, sparking collaboration between enthusiastic individuals and companies that combine forces to demand that their assistive technology needs are heard and understood. 

The designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of AT listen to what is needed in the marketplace and dedicate their energies to develop the technology to meet the vast range of requirements of AT users throughout Australia.

Importantly, ATSA members are proud to abide by Australian standards and legislation – in fact, ATSA informs and helps to develop best policy by advising government as the acknowledged voice of the assistive technology sector in Australia.

“Understanding the importance of ethics in business is the key to making a successful investment in assistive technology”

Find your trusted AT partner by visiting

ATSA members are at the forefront of future development that will benefit users of assistive technology across the country – make sure you visit an ATSA Independent Living Expo in 2022 to see the latest innovations that even your Allied Health Professional hasn’t heard of yet!

Plan ahead for 2022

ATSA Independent Living Expo will be back in Brisbane, 11-12 May 2022 and Sydney, 25-26 May 2022.

Interested in exhibiting? Email

Interested in attending?

Visit to register your interest. We look forward to seeing you there.

Melanie RobertsonWhat are the 4 most important things you need to know before you choose any assistive technology?
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