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Disability assistance animals or not? Problems in policy and practice workshop summary and scoping discussion paper

Paul Harpur, Martie-Louise Verreynne, Nancy Pachana, Peter Billings, Brent RItchie,

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2016

The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) defines assistance animals to include dogs or other animals that are trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability and to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate for an animal in a public place. \ The current regulatory approach to defining disability assistance animals has resulted in questions that law, policy and theory are struggling to answer. This summary and scoping discussion paper presents the findings of a workshop held on the 27th of September 2016 with leading disability dog training organisations, industry and Federal, state and territory government representatives.The workshop identified a strong urgency for evidence based reform to improve definition of disability assistance animal and thereby enhance their use.

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Journal/Publication : University of Queensland

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation

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