Update from the CEO
Welcome to the November edition of our newsletter. On 26 November we held the inaugural MOD.A Annual General Meeting at the Mercure Hotel in Sydney. Our new Board definitely has a national perspective with representatives from five different states enabling us to better reflect the diversity of the home modification sector across the country. The range of experience and the breadth of skills our new board brings to the organisation will serve us well and assist with the challenges we face in 2016.
During the month we delivered a webcast about financial products which may be available to people who are having difficulty in paying their client contributions for home modifications. The article on NILS guides members to the resources which can assist people in making decisions about whether to take out a loan or not, and what the potential benefits are in doing so. We also attended the quarterly National Aged Care Alliance meeting in Adelaide and took the opportunity to view the operations of local service providers.
As we approach the end of 2015 it is worth reflecting on how far we have come as a peak organisation. This year was all about establishing relationships, building partnerships, expanding our membership and engaging directly with the reforms in aged care and the NDIS. We have communicated the unique perspective of our sector to those in government developing and implementing policy, and our position on how best to deliver home modifications to older people and people with disability is becoming more widely known and understood. Next year we will consolidate the progress we have made so far. We are well placed to respond to the reforms as they gather momentum, with the move toward CDC in aged care (to commence fully in February 2017) and the increased rollout of the NDIS from July 2016.
We are currently busy confirming the program for our national conference on 28 and 29 April in Canberra - It promises to be an informative and engaging event that presents our particular view to various stakeholders and informs our membership and other service providers.
As this will be our last newsletter for 2015 - the next edition will be distributed at the end of January - I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members, supporters and those with whom we have engaged with throughout the year. I would also like to thank the dedicated and hard working staff and board of MOD.A. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and trust the new year will be a rewarding one for all of us.
Michael Bleasdale CEO