MOD.A 2022 National Conference - Ramping It Up


The MOD.A Conference Organising Committee has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak unfolding across Australia. In light of the current environment and concern for the health and safety of our delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors we have determined that the most appropriate course of action is to make the February 21-22 conference a fully virtual event

The 2022 Home Modifications Conference which will be held virtually via Zoom 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 - registrations are now closed.

Program - download here

We have a great set of speakers lined up who will add value, information and discussion for our industry. These include:

  • Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services will address the conference in a session where we will consider the role home modifications will play in the reformed home-based aged care sector.
  • Richard Duncan, Executive Director of the Universal Design Institute USA and the Better Living Design Institute, who will provide an update on the state of home modifications in the USA and the growing interest from the health care system in the avoided health costs from improved home environments.
  • Don Fenn, President/CEO of Caregiver Omnimedia, Founder of Home Modification Canada, who will present on the state of home modifications in the Canadian market,  the National Ageing in Place/Home Modification Research Study and associated work that is being done to raise awareness of the benefits of home modifications.
  • Marnie Courage, CEO at Enabling Access Inc based in Winnipeg, Canada. With over 20 years of clinical experience in Home Modification, Marnie is an international expert on home modifications and accessible housing. Marnie will join Don Fenn in providing an International Perspective on Home Modifications.
  • Dr Ben Gauntlett, Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner, who will talk about how home modifications is a key strategy in ensuring housing is available, equitably, to people with disability across all markets;
  • Doug McDonald and Lloyd Walker, National Disability Insurance Agency will provide information on how the scheme will work to meet the expectations of its participants, and innovate in the delivery of home modifications outcomes.
  • Dr Nick Hartland, Department of Health, will provide information on how aged care reform will support innovation in home modifications that in turn enables more older people to remain living at home, and receive services in place as they age.
  • Paul Smith, Director of Foundations UK, who will provide updates from the UK, where home adaptations have long been regarded as key to all care at home systems, and are central to proposed reforms;
  • Emeritus Professor Catherine Bridge, founder and Director of the Home Modifications Information Clearinghouse at UNSW, who will talk about research and innovation in home modifications occurring in Australia and overseas.
  • Liz Ainsworth, Proprietor at Home Design for Living in Queensland, and co-author of An Occupational Therapist’s Guide To Home Modification Practice, she will inform the conference about the work being done to develop training for handymen, builders and other tradespersons who do home modification work.
  • Associate Professor Libby Callaway, Independent Living Stream Lead, Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre, Monash University, who focus on what consumers want and need from home modifications.
  • Nick Schumi is a passionate and active disability advocate. As a manual wheelchair user, he is eager to make positive change to physical access to public places and travel and housing.
  • Danny Gibson, CEO of Hunter Home Modifications has over 30 years’ experience in the residential and commercial construction industry and ten years in the Home Modification Sector. Danny has broad and significant experience in the procurement of Home Modifications in both the disability and aged care sectors.
  • Dr Andrew Martel, Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design) who will discuss the potential of the NDIS to drive innovation in the production of accessible and adaptable domestic houses.
  • Joseph Connellan is an advocate for more and better housing for people with disability through his company Two Pty Ltd.
  • Dr. Laura Davy is a Research Fellow with ANZSOG) and the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. Her research focuses on the outcomes of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the disability and aged care sectors.
  • Anne Reeve, the retiring CEO of Scope Home Access, a large, NFP HMM service providing aged care and disability services and the ??Founding Chair of MOD.A
  • Ash Osborne, Senior Consultant in Enabling Environments at Alzheimer’s WA. She has been working in the area of aged and dementia enabling design, including age appropriate housing, for the past 12 years.
  • Trish Lapsley, Senior Clinician in Home Modifications, Access Home Mods OT
  • Associate Professor Phillippa Carnemolla (UTS) has a PhD in home modifications and has developed a substantial body of impactful research that investigates the breadth of health, care and social impacts resulting from inclusive design approaches in the built environment.

Conference Pricing

Membership LevelTicket Price
Non Member$140
MOD.A Member$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.

People with disability, and older people with significant mobility restrictions, are entitled to register for free.


Online via Zoom - links provided after registration and prior to the event.

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