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Understanding the Relationships Between Housing & Health for Older Private Renters

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Occupational Therapists

This webinar will provide occupational therapists with a broader understanding of working with older adults who are privately renting. This includes information on understanding the environment of their clients more broadly (considering policy and service provision impact for example) and how this impacts the occupational opportunities of this vulnerable group. 

Older adults renting privately in Australia are a vulnerable group as they have little control over their home environment and often experience housing insecurity. The provision of services, such as home modifications, to support older adults in their homes also often assumes home ownership. Tammy and Maree will present on a recent study into older private renters experience of home modification and maintenance services and the relationships between their housing, health and independence. An understanding of the challenges and structures influencing older private renters housing situation along with strategies for supporting older private renters, including collaborating with social workers will be discussed.


Suitable for clinitians at any stage in their career.


The learning objectives for this webinar are:  

  • Understand the experience of home for older private renters.
  • Understand the personal and environmental influences which contribute to this experience of home, including structures such as tenancy law.
  • Understand the relationship between older private renters housing, health and independence
  • Gain knowledge on older private renter’s rights, and the services and strategies that can assist older private renters, including collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.

Dr Tammy Aplin

Tammy is an occupational therapist and holds a research fellow position between the University of Queensland and the Prince Charles Hospital. Her research focuses on the home environment in a range of health and social service contexts. This includes home modifications, occupational therapy community practice, home care and housing. Within these practice contexts her research focuses on three themes - 1) Understanding the experience of home or life at home and how it is impacted by services and social structures. 2) Applying findings to develop practice including assessment, interventions, practice models and training and 3) Evaluating current and developed practices within services.

Dr Maree Petersen

Maree is a lead investigator on a number of research projects concerned with older people, housing and disadvantage. She currently leads a large qualitative study examining the life course circumstances that result in insecure housing tenancy in old age.  Her program of research also includes a longstanding interest in older people's access to community-aged care with projects on health and independence in private rental housing; and in rural areas. An important focus of her work is centred on understanding older people's homelessness in Australia, addressing the housing and support needs of older women experiencing homelessness, and advocating for the intersection of housing, homelessness and aged care policy.

A social work background brings a focus on disadvantaged older people to her research, in particular the connections between health and wellbeing of poor older people, housing, and the community they live.


Total CPD claimable workshop hours: 1

This is a recorded webinar session that was held in October 2019

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OTA Member: $64
OTA Student/ New Graduate Member: $45
Non Member: $38

(All pricing is inclusive of GST)

Registrations close Saturday 24 October 2020, 11.55pm AEST 

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Understanding the Relationships Between Housing & Health for Older Private Renters
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Community health, Environmental Impacts in General Practice
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