Occupational therapists working in home and environmental modifications work with clients to improve the quality of life for older adults in their home environment so that they can continue to safely and independently stay in their home as they age. Modifications may include changes to the structural, layout or design of a home to improve accessibility and livability of a client’s home.
Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association (ARATA)
ARATA aims to facilitate the advancement of Rehabilitation (RE) and Assistive Technologies (AT) through information sharing for those involved in the use, prescription, customisation, supply and ongoing support of assistive technology.
National Assistive Technology Alliance (NATA)
Initiated in 2017 by ARATA and several Independent Living Centres, NATA works to influence policy and industry standards in the AT sector focussing on assistive technology use, innovation, manufacture, supply, provision, service delivery, research, education or oversight.
DVA: Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP)
Updates to the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) by the Department of Veterans Affairs have been published specifically regarding changes to the supply of Mobility and Functional Support (MFS) products and services.
Building & Renovating - A Guide for Consumers
Published by Consumer Affairs Victoria, this series of resources contains useful information about building and renovating, construction and planning responsibilities, definitions and checklists.
State-Wide Equipment Program (SWEP)
Formally Ballarat Health Services, the State-wide Equipment Program or SWEP aims to improve independence and facilitate community participation for those living with a permanent or long-term disability or are frail aged with subsidised aids, equipment and home and vehicle modifications. SWEP can also provide subsidies for equipment and modifications costs.
The Home Modification Information Clearinghouse
The Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo) is a Commonwealth Government funded information service that helps people make informed choices about modifications to their home aimed at improving safety, ease of access and comfort for older people and people with disability. It includes resources for renovation, adaptation and redesign of buildings, especially homes to improve independence, self-care, safety and comfort. In addition to providing home modification information to the community, HMInfo hosts discussion forums and produces research and technical publications to support home modification service providers, researchers, practitioners and industry. More information can be found here: https://www.homemods.info/