Phone App

The ARA is pleased to advise we have a new dedicated phone app being developed for the symposium to improve the experience for all delegates..

Registered delegates will be able to access the app  which will be available for both Android and iPhone devices.

It will provide many features to assist them to make the most of their attendance at this years symposium. It includes the full program of the symposium, speaker bios, contact details of exhibitors and much much more all conviently available at your fingertips.

Assistance Dogs Australia

The ARA is pleased to announce that Assistance Dogs Australia is the nominated charity for the 15th International Symposium in July 2019. 

At our 2017 Symposium, through the generosity of our delegates and sponsors we raised over $18,000 for Assistance Dogs Australia.

Assistance Dogs Australia provides freedom and independence to people with disabilities and understand the important bond between humans and dogs.

They train Assistance Dogs to perform a range of tasks for people living with disabilities, ensuring that an Assistance Dog is not only man’s best friend, but man’s most helpful friend too.

Dinner Speaker

Akmal Saleh akmal

Akmal Saleh is an Egyptian Australian comedian and actor. He was born in Egypt and arrived in Sydney with his family in 1975 at the age of 11. He has been performing comedy since the early 1990s and his live shows have toured comedy festivals both within Australia and internationally. He has also made guest appearances on numerous Australian television shows.

While his father Riyadh, a university professor, was fluent in English, neither Saleh nor his mother Marie could speak the language when they arrived. He describes himself as having been a quiet child who was "the class clown's assistant. I was the guy who got his props ready.

Saleh performs solo stand-up shows and has toured numerous comedy festivals in both in Australia and internationally. He commonly jokes about his own ethnicity and negative stereotypes regarding Middle Easterners. However, he says that he does not want to become known as an "ethnic comic" and likes to be able to talk about "broad range of stuff".

He says that he is most comfortable performing stand-up: "It's the thing that I do best. I'm not a radio guy. I'm a comedian doing radio."