MOD.A 2022 National Conference - Ramping It Up


We regret to advise that the the continuing uncertainty around COVID-19 travel restrictions has forced a change of dates for the "Ramping it up: 2021 Home Modifications Conference". The conference scheduled for November 22-23 will now run February 21-22 to allow sufficient time for the lifting of restrictions, opening of travel and to provide confidence for speakers and delegates to attend.

We know that the Home Mods industry was looking forward to gathering as a group again and we are all disappointed that we will all have to wait a little longer. We really want this to be an in-person event for as many people as possible as we believe you gain extra value through networking opportunities and being in the room connecting with ideas.

All current registrations will be carried over to the new date. You are able to cancel and get a full refund any time up to 7 days before the event via the details on your emailed invoice from Eventbrite.

Whilst we have had to postpone the conference itself, we are planning some virtual meetings between now and February/March as there are some important issues facing our industry that we need to discuss and gather your input and feedback on. These will be available for all delegates with bookings to the conference and MOD.A members. Watch this space.

This Conference is a core gathering for the sector, for service providers and for clients who use home modifications. It is an occasion for us to meet and discuss with policy makers and leaders the challenges facing the sector. The speakers and panellists have all re-committed to the new date so we are pleased to offer you the same experience as planned.

We very much look forward to seeing you in November and we will continue to update this page where we encourage you to stay in touch with the conference program.

After a hiatus of several years we are back in 2022 with a new MOD.A Home Modifications Conference!  The 2022 Home Modifications Conference which will be held in Canberra (and virtually via Webcast) on Monday February 21 and Tuesday February 22 this year.

This year's conference Ramping it Up is being held at a critical junction between periods of disruption and promised reform in the disability support and aged care systems.

This will be an opportunity for people who are passionate about home modifications to meet and discuss issues of concern, and to lay out the blueprint for affecting change in government and improving policy and practice.

Who should attend? Home Modifications professionals, OTs, builders and tradies, people with disability, NDIS providers, policy makers, HCP providers, LACs and NDIA delegates, ACATs, and more.

So get ready to meet up, discuss and trade ideas with the sector as we explore all things Home Modifications over one and a half days.

Register for the Conference here

Program Themes

Conference Pricing


Accommodation Options

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Program Themes

Theme 1 - 1pm Monday afternoon: Setting The Challenge

In the afternoon of Day One the conference will convene and identify the opportunities and challenges facing those who require home modifications in order to remain living at home in their own community with dignity and in control of their environment. We will hear from people for whom home modifications and assistive technology have greatly enhanced their lives, and also from researchers and experts about how a strong consultative process, a new framework for choice of solutions, and creative home modifications and innovative technology can achieve a diverse range of outcomes. There will be discussion about the challenges associated with funding, policies, clinical assessment and service delivery that have driven the need for this creative research and practice.

Confirmed for the session:

  • Nick Schumi, MOD.A Board Director, and NDIS participant from South Australia
  • Dr Andrew Martel, Melbourne School of Design
  • Liz Ainsworth, Occupational Therapist, Owner Home Design for Living, Brisbane
  • Associate Professor Libby Callaway, 2020-21 President ARATA, RAIL Research Centre & Occupational Therapy Department, Monash University

Cocktail Function 530pm - An opportunity for networking and relaxing

Theme 2 - Tuesday morning: Supporting the Great Reforms

The morning of Day Two will focus on the main drivers of support and care to older people and people with disability in Australia the reforms proposed following the Aged Care Royal Commission, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), now 8 years old. How have these schemes supported and delivered home modifications to those who need them providing younger people with the opportunity to experience independence, and older people with the comfort of ageing in their home and what still needs to be addressed in the way they are administered and funded that will assist both clients and providers? We will have senior officers from the NDIS to talk about recent changes to policy and practice, and also from the Department of Health who will speak to the place of home modifications in the reforms to come, and be available to answer questions.

Theme 3 - Tuesday afternoon: What is the Future for Home Modifications?

The conference will conclude with a wrap of what we have learned, positive and negative, about the state of play for home modifications in Australia, and what we can do as an industry, supported by the demand of consumers, to ensure there is an adequately funded and equitable home modifications program available to everyone who requires it. We will be joined by another keynote speaker, Paul Smith the Executive Director of Foundations UK, who will outline to us the benefits a successful home modifications peak body brings to its members, to its clients, and to the government, by way of prevention of injuries and savings in costs. And Emeritus Professor Catherine Bridge from HMInfo will talk about the way in which we can resource and build the capacity of our workforce to better meet the challenges ahead.

Register for the Conference here

Conference Pricing

MembershipIn PersonVirtual
Non Member$335$140
Associate Member$295$125
Full Member$200$100


Not yet a member? Join up now for only $150 for Associate Members and $450 for Full Members and take advantage of member conference pricing - membership details and registration can be done here.


Canberra Institute of Technology Student Association (CITSA), 37 Constitution Avenue, Reid, ACT

Accommodation Options

There are many hotels spread throughout Canberra's suburbs and city. Below is a list of hotels close to the conference venue. Hotels further out may be a bit cheaper, but prices change depending on when you book. We are not recommending them, just providing the information. It is also worth checking their cancelation policy in this world of quick change. 

  • A by Adina Canberra- 1 Constitution Avenue, 2601 Canberra
  • The Sebel Canberra Civic- 197 London Circuit, 2601 Canberra
  • Crowne Plaza Canberra- 1 Binara Street, 2601 Canberra

There are also a range of Airbnb apartments within the city, if you are looking to share with someone.

Taxi and Uber is plentiful in Canberra, just be plan ahead during peak times.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available - package details can bedownloaded here

For further information:

Register for the Conference here

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Change of date for Conference

Jul 30 2021
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