MODA 2017


The theme for the Home Modifications National Conference is Going For Gold: the pursuit of best practice in the age of reform.

The Organising Committee are currently working on putting together an informative and engaging program. Keep an eye on the website and subscribe to our mailing list for more information.

Conference presenters and exhibitors will showcase innovation in modifying the homes of older people and people with disability, while keynote speakers and panel sessions will address the big issues of how reform policy will impact on the sector, how accreditation will guarantee quality, and what providers will need to do to meet the challenges of working in an individualised, consumer-driven service market.

The conference will be an opportunity to meet with providers from across the country as well as with administrators, suppliers and leading academics. Delegates will be able to take stock of the health of the sector in Australia and internationally, and discuss how services will need to adapt to the changes still occuring in disability and aged care. Presentations will deal with core challenges of an increasingly diverse market, and exhibitors will demonstrate the application of new technology to increase the functional capacity of individuals in their home. 

The Program at this Conference will feature key-note lectures, skills workshops, policy seminars, academic sessions and panel discussions. 

Conference Program

Invited Speakers

Joseph Connellan

Joseph Connellan has thirty years’ experience in leading change in disability services and not for profit housing in Australia in senior management and  governance roles within not for profits, as an advisor to Government and, more recently, by providing strategic advice through his firm MC Two Pty Ltd.

For the last three years he has focussed largely on exploring housing opportunities emerging with the NDIS rollout.    

Judy Gregurke

Judy came to the aged care sector in August 2011 and has extensive experience in community sector management roles. As a qualified Speech Pathologist, Judy has worked in acute hospital, primary care, disability and education settings and she has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Judy started with COTA in April 2014 and is currently responsible for Aged Care Policy and projects at COTA and providing leadership to the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) in relation to the aged care reforms. She is a member of the Aged Care Sector Committee, several of its sub-committees and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s Liaison Group.

Through her previous work roles, Judy has had substantial involvement in the prescription, installation and use of home modifications. In her current role, she is involved with government and NACA in the design and development of reforms, including the resolution of design challenges for an integrated home care program.

Dr Andrew Martel

Dr Andrew Martel is a Lecturer in Construction and Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, with a research background in housing.

Over the last few years his research has investigated the implications of the NDIS for the housing industry in Australia. In particular, whether the person-centred delivery model is capable of driving the innovation required to substantially improve the appropriateness of Australian houses given the current structure of the industry.

Dr Rachel Russell

Dr Rachel Russell is an academic and researcher from the University of Salford in the UK. Rachel’s research focus is the home modification process, an interest she developed from working as an occupational therapist for 18 years in adult health, social care, and housing.

After gaining an MSc in Accessibility and Inclusive Design in 2010, Rachel began her PhD research in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford. Through her PhD work, Rachel has developed the Home Modification Process Protocol (HMPP). The HMPP combines the best of design and construction practice with the occupational therapy process, guiding practitioners through the challenges of modifying older and disabled peoples home environment. Her research gained recognition in 2014 when she was awarded the Early Researcher Award from the United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation.

Also in 2014, Rachel became the lead for the genHOME project. The purpose of this exciting project, currently being supported by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in the UK, is to promote the health and well-being of older and disabled people and their families by raising the quality and impact of international research in home modification and housing design.

Glen Sorensen - MC

Glen Sorensen founded Age Communications Pty Ltd in 1988.  

Since then he has worked as a human services consultant with all tiers of government, industry peak bodies, non-government and the private sector. He works extensively in the aged care industry as a researcher, writer and trainer.  

Glen is regularly contracted as a facilitator and MC for national, state and regional conferences, seminars, forums and special events.   Glen has a long association with the home modification sector.  

He has facilitated numerous strategic planning exercises for individual services, was part of the evaluation team for the NSW review of HACC funded home modifications and has facilitated a number of state and national home mods conferences.

The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP

Ken Wyatt was elected in 2010 as the Federal Member for Hasluck, making history as the first Indigenous Member of the House of Representatives.

Before entering politics Ken worked in community roles in the fields of Health and Education including the Director of Aboriginal Health in New South Wales and Western Australia.

In 1996 Ken was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Later, in 2000, Ken was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for ‘his efforts and contribution to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and mainstream Australian society in education and health.’

In 2015 Ken again made history as the first Indigenous member of the Federal Executive after being sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Health and in 2016 as Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care. Ken is responsible for Aged Care service delivery and implementation, as well as for Dementia.