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Home modifications promote independent living

10 September 2012

NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, today officially opened the inaugural Home Modification National Conference at the Sydney Convention Centre.

"Home modifications are an essential service which promotes independent living and subsequently keeps a person living in their community for as long as possible," said Mr Constance.

"From small simple interventions such as installing grab rails and non-slip flooring to larger structural changes like putting in ramps and making bathroom and kitchen modifications these can make a huge difference to a person’s quality of life."

Hundreds of service providers, builders, occupational therapists, policy makers, academics and other stakeholders around Australia have gathered in Sydney to discuss issues and share the latest developments in home modifications.

In 2011/2012 the Home and Community Care (HACC) program funded $19.8 million to these services in NSW.

"The investments increased by $2.3 million from the previous financial year because of the significant benefits the modifications have on the quality of life for people with a disability and older members of the community," said the Minister.

"Over 15,900 people received a service and the majority were for minor modifications which were provided to older people."

The Minister congratulated participants on this inaugural conference, providing an invaluable forum to understand and maximise the opportunities of current reforms in disability.

The conference will explore emerging reforms and trends within the Community Care and Disability sectors and start conversation on a national level.

For more information visit the Home and Community Care web page.

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