MOD.A 2016 National Conference and Exhibition


Our inaugural conference as a national organisation was held on 28-29 April at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. This page contains material presented at the Conference.

Note: only presentations and materials that have been authorised for publication appear on this page. If you are aware of any material that has been published in error please advise by email

General Materials

Programme Day One

Programme Day Two





General Materials

Programme Book  [pdf - 1.7 Mb]


Programme Day One: Thursday 28 April 2016

Keynote speakers

Home Adaptations in England. Paul Smith - Director, Foundations (United Kingdom)  [pdf - 4.1Mb]

Inclusion by design: A vision for choice, control and agency in home modifications. Dr Catherine Bridge - Director of the Enabling Built Environment Research Program (EBEP), A/Prof, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW  [pdf - 5Mb]

Plenary Session 2 - Panel: Home Modifications in disability and aged care reform

Next steps to Aged Care reform in the delivery of Home Care Services. Karen Pickering - Assistant Secretary, Home Care Branch, Department of Health  [pdf - 940kb]

Home Modifications and the NDIS. Dr Lloyd Walker - Director, Assistive Technology, National Disability Insurance Agency  [pdf - 1.4Mb]

Michael Bleasdale - Chief Executive Officer, MOD.A

Concurrent Session 3.1 - Home modifications and consumer directed care

The Golden years of modification - exploring imminent changes in the provision of home mods for people over 65 years with a new spinal cord injury. Jamie Matveyeff, LifeTec

As far as the crow flies - a case study. Sue Dinley, ABC Rehab and Sandi Lightfoot-Collins, MOD.A  [pdf - 10.8Mb]

Home Modifications/Assistive Technology - Building inclusion, practice and cost-effective design. Kim Johnstone, Inclusive Living.

Concurrent Session 3.2 - Quality in home modifications

The 5Cs of home modification delivery - client focus, collaboration, cost, calibre and compliance. Aaron Stowe, Architecture & Access  [pdf - 10Mb]

Best practice in home modification service delivery. Kelly McAuliffe, Independent Living Centre WA  [pdf - 2.3Mb]

Customised home modification education for OTs to achieve best practice standards and functional environments for clients. Alison Finney, Calvary Health Care Kogarah  [pdf - 2.5Mb]

Concurrent Session 3.3 - Consumer focused home modifications

Building blocks for a consumer focused home modifications and assistive technology service model in WA. Hilary O'Connell, Independent Living Centre WA  [pdf - 4.3Mb]

Home modifications and falls prevention for older people. A/Prof Lynette Mackenzie, University of Sydney  [pdf - 2.1Mb]

The unique role and challenges of an Occupational Therapist providing home modifications within remote indigenous communities. Alexandra Franklyn and Chloe Agale, Department of Housing and Public Works  [pdf - 17.6 Mb]

Plenary Session 4 - Panel: The future of the home modifications industry

Quality Challenges. Jennifer Barron, Practical Work Solutions [pdf - 61kb]

Danny Gibson, Hunter Home Modifications

Paul Smith, Director, Foundations (United Kingdom)


Programme Day Two: Friday 29 April 2016

Keynote speakers

Creating an age-friendly nation. The Hon Shayne Neumann MP, Shadow Minister for Ageing. [pdf - 95kb]

The Hon Kelly Vincent MP, Dignity for Disability MLC South Australia and MOD.A Director

Plenary Session 6 - Panel: Diversity and consumer directed home modifications

Reena Masrani, MOD.A

Damian Griffis, First Peoples Disability Network

Dwayne Cranfield, National Ethnic Disability Alliance

Samantha Edmonds, National LGBTI Health Alliance

Concurrent Session 6.1 - Finance and home modifications

Thinking inside the box - creative home modification delivery in an insurance setting. Andrew Sanderson, Architecture and Access  [pdf - 6Mb]

Knowing your apples - a beginners guide to unit costing. Kirsten Forrester, Accounting for Good  [pdf - 6Mb]

Stopping small problems getting big with small loans. Joy Webster, Goodshepherd Microfinance  [pdf - 3Mb]

Equity release options for home modifications. Marguerite Taylor, Seniors Equity Release Australia

Concurrent Session 6.2 - Housing and home modifications

Housing affordability and making housing more accessible for people with disability. Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter

The effects of home modifications on care-giving and quality of life. Dr Phillippa Carnemolla, The University of NSW

The state of the nation's housing - what Victorian inspections are telling us. Frank Ortolan, Archicentre Victoria  [pdf - 3.5Mb]

Concurrent Session 6.3 - Skilled practitioners and home modifications

Working effectively with the builder to deliver home modifications. David Brown, Architecture & Access  [pdf - 24Mb]

Occupational Therapy and housing... more than just home modifications. Fiona Jardine and Alan Healey, Department of Housing and Public Works  [pdf - 5Mb]

Occupational therapy and builder synergy: A basis for client-centred practice and best design priciples. Sandi Lightfoot-Collins, MOD.A and Bryan Molan, 3Bridges Community  [pdf - 1.9Mb]

Concurrent Session 7.1 - Designing for Diversity

Designing for Diversity. Sandi Lightfoot-Collins, MOD.A  [pdf - 1.2Mb]

The dementia friendly environment: Adapting the environment for people living with dementia. Jillian Brown, Alzheimer's Australia [pdf - 1.4Mb]

Home modifications for a young person with dementia: A case study. Maria Beukers, Scope Home Access

Concurrent Session 7.2 - Assistive technology and home modifications

Home modifications: a critical part of the assistive technology package. Matthew Massey-Westropp, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion  [pdf - 2.7Mb]

Installing appropriate digital technology to enable online social participation from home. A/Prof Helen Hassan, Australian Health Services Research Institute  [pdf - 743kb]

Equipment footprints - ceiling versus mobile hoist systems. Emma Small, Occupational Services Pty Ltd and Aideen Gallagher, Risk Management Pty Ltd  [pdf - 2.3Mb]

Concurrent Session 7.3 - Marketing to consumers

Working with the NDIA. Sarah Hawke, National Disability Insurance Agency

Marketing for consumer-directed services. Julian Moore, Strategic Membership Solutions

Plenary Session 8: Conference Close

Conference Summary. Glen Sorensen, Age Communications - Conference MC

Next Steps. Michael Bleasdale, Chief Executive Officer, MOD.A



The Organising Committee for MOD.A 2016 national conference extends its appreciation to the following sponsors for their invaluable commitment and support:

Family and Community Services logoMy Aged Care logo


The Organising Committee for MOD.A 2016 national conference extends its appreciation to the following exhibitors that provided delegates with information, resources and exposure to the latest products and services available to the home modification sector and people in need of home modifications. We gratefully acknowledge their contribution to a very successful event.

3Bridges Community

Acorn Stairlifts

Australasian Independent Living Aids

Canterbury Concept Grabrails

Ewing Industries

Good Shepherd Microfinance

Hand Rail Industries


Inclusive Living


Talbot Automatic Doors and Gates


Keynote and guest speakers


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