South West Healthcare, Warrnambool [VIC]



Occupational Therapy Australia is monitoring the evolving situation in relation to the impact of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Drawing directly on public health and safety advice provided by government authorities, This workshop has been postponed with registrations temporally frozen until we are able to safely deliver this workshop.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
If you are interested in registering for this course and would like to know when the dates have been re-scheduled please email info@otaus.com.au.


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This workshop is designed to support occupational therapists to undertake clinical reasoning relevant to environmental modification and design for people who are ageing or living with disabilities.  The expected outcomes of this program focus on increasing occupational therapists understanding of concepts relating to human measurement (relevant to environmental design); recognising the functional implications of features present in the built environment; application of Australian Standards and other relevant legislation; and becoming familiar with commonly utilised building terminology allowing effective communication with a range of building professionals and other key stakeholders.


By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn a process for structuring and communicating their clinical reasoning about home modifications, based on occupational therapy theory
  • Understand the generic process of assessment, consultant involvement, recommendation generation, and post-occupancy evaluation.
  • Be exposed to structural and human factors to consider when installing grab rails, ramps & step modifications, or modifying bathrooms and other spaces.
  • Obtain advice about liaising with consultants and building professionals (e.g. Architects, draftspeople, builders, plumbers, etc).
  • Receive a basic outline of the relevant Australian Standards (particularly AS1428.1 – 2009) – and their application within domestic settings
  • Have the opportunity to discuss alternative solutions to standard equipment options and design solutions
  • Apply new knowledge to case studies / problematic scenarios       

A short competency-based assessment will be offered at the completion of this course.  Participants successfully completing this assessment will be issued with a certificate of competency which may then be provided to SWEP as evidence of competency-based learning towards credentialing as a home modifications prescriber. 

How will this workshop enable participants to work occupationally with clients/patients?

This course is structured to commence with OT theory (including the PEO model), enabling participants to reflect on the range of considerations which may impact upon an individual’s occupational participation.  The majority of the course focuses on design considerations and selection of features to support individuals to engage in their daily occupations.  The principal focus of the course tends to address environmental modification and design of individual dwellings (housing) but also includes consideration for workplaces and community environments through group discussion and response to clinical scenarios.


Dr Karen Roberts is an Occupational Therapist who has over 20 years of experience working with adults who have physical disabilities within a sub-acute and community context.  She is currently working as the Project Lead for the Alfred Health Vulnerable Persons Initiative, and provides mentoring to occupational therapists on a range of professional topics.  Karen has a particular interest in exploring the interface between people, their participation in daily life occupations and the environments where they carry out these occupations.  She is passionate about understanding the ways in which occupational therapists can modify environments to optimise individual’s participation in their own lives.

Frank Ortolan is an Architect with over 30 years of experience.  Frank is a sole practitioner with expertise in building design and modification.  He has a particular interest in accessible design and has skills in adapting existing dwellings for people who are ageing and/or have disabilities.  During design and teaching activities, he also draws on his lived experience of being a family member to people living with disabilities.


Total CPD claimable workshop hours: 16


South West Healthcare, Community Health Seminar Room Koroit St, Warrnambool


Bus number 1 stops outside the venue.


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Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

*If you have specific dietary requirements that are not listed in the options upon registering, please contact OTA ASAP at info@otaus.com.au 


*Regsitrations close Friday 8th May 2019 11.55pm


OTA Member: $570.00

OTA Student & New Graduate Member: $510

Non Member: $815

Members must be logged in with username and password in order to register at the member rate.

*For late registrations (subject to availability), please call 1300 682 878. Full payment including a late fee of $25 will be required at the time of registration.


Our workshop materials are now provided to you electronically via an online platform, Course Genius. Approximately one week prior to the commencement of the workshop we will email instructions for you to follow to access these workshop resources.

If you do not receive this correspondence within the time frame stated above, please contact the OTA representative ASAP using the contact details below. 

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