About

About Elizabeth Ainsworth

Occupational Therapist with over 20 years’ experience working in the housing field (over 25 years working as an OT).
Presenter of home modification workshops, lectures, and education events
Co-author of a book on home modifications practice - Ainsworth, E. & de Jonge, D. (2011). An occupational therapist's guide to home modification practice. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.
Recipient of the 2017 Occupational Therapy Australia National Elspeth Pearson Award
Recipient of the 2013 Occupational Therapy Australia – Qld Division Mary Rankine Wilson Award for Professional Excellence
Recipient of 2015 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship through the University of Qld
Recipient of the 2015 Occupational Therapy Australia – Qld Division Louise Van Willigen Memorial Scholarship
Accredited and Qualified Access Consultant
Community Aids, Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (CAETI) Prescriber
Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme (VOSS) Prescriber
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Provider
Expert for Qld and Canadian Supreme Court medico legal cases relating to claimant/defendant home modification/housing matters

Specialities

Providing medico legal assessments for the court system as an expert witness

Specialty relates to providing home modification and new domestic construction recommendations to people with a range of conditions including spinal injury, head injury, neurocognitive disorders, orthopaedic injury, musculoskeletal disoders etc.

Providing services to older people and people with a disability requiring home modification and new domestic design assessment and case management services.
Providing assessment of public buildings and facilities in relation to the requirements/intent of the Premises Standards, Disability Discrimination Act, Building and Plumbing Codes and Australian Standards relating to access for people with a disability, and documentation of reports for organizations.
Prescriber for the Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme (VOSS)
Prescriber for the Community Aids and Assistive Technologies Initiative (CAETI)
Providing advice, mentoring and coaching to occupational therapists providing home modification services in the community or to services enquiring about best practice/evidence based solutions to best meet the needs of their clients.
Presenting lectures to undergraduate university students and clinicians; and guest speaker at building industry, legal and occupational therapy events.
Co-authoring and presenting information at various forums relating to the occupational therapy profession, and universal design and home modification practice.

Paper and Poster Presentations

Ainsworth, E. (2016). Home modification practice issues. Paper – State Occupational Therapy Conference NT/Qld Division, Brisbane, Queensland.

Ainsworth, E. & Aplin, T. (2015). The clinical utility of the In Home Occupational Performance (I-HOPE). Paper – Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Ainsworth, E. (2014). Universal design and home modification practice in Australia – Challenges and opportunities. Keynote presentation at the British Occupational Therapy Association College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Housing Conference, Bristol, UK.

 Ainsworth, E. (2014). Home modifications for people in the bariatric range. Keynote presentation at The OT Show, Birmingham, UK.

Ainsworth, E. (2013). Trends and experiences influencing the Australian experience of universal housing design.  Paper – Association of Consultants in Access, Australia. Sydney, New South Wales.

Ainsworth, E. (2013). Design for diversity. Paper – Universal Design Summit 5. St Lois Missouri, USA.

Ainsworth, E. (2012). Using evidence as an expert witness to determine a housing solution. Paper – Inaugural National Home Modification Conference. Home Modification and Maintenance Council of New South Wales.

Ainsworth, E. & de Jonge, D. (2012). Home modifications services and funding in Queensland. Paper – Inaugural National Home Modification Conference. Home Modification and Maintenance Council of New South Wales.

Hamilton, A., Cook, B.M., & Ainsworth, E. (2012). Social media: A virtual ocean of opportunity for occupational therapists.  Paper – State Occupational Therapy Australia Qld Conference.

Ainsworth, E. & de Jonge, D. (2012). Advancing innovative practice and exploring creative possibilities. Paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Ainsworth, E. (2011). Using evidence as an expert witness to determine a housing solution. Paper presented at the OT AUSTRALIA National Conference.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D. (2009). Access standards for home modification practice.  Journal of Independent Living Centres Australia.  25(4), 24-25.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D.  (2008). Universal design in Australia. Paper presented at the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, Florida, USA.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D. (2008).  Occupational therapists leading change as consultants in housing… More than a housing solution. Poster presented at the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, Florida, USA..

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D. (2008).  Occupational therapists’ role in new residential construction. Poster presented at the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, Florida, USA.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D. (2008).  Occupational therapists’ role in home modifications. Poster presented at the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, Florida, USA..

Ainsworth, EJ.  (2008). Occupational therapy service excellence: Leading the leaders in reflective group supervision practice. Paper presented at the OT AUSTRALIA National Conference, Melbourne.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D.  (2006). Learning from the past and informing the future. Paper presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference, Sydney.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D.  (2006). Learning from the past and informing the future. Paper presented at the Australian Network of Universal Housing Design Conference, Sydney.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D.  (2006). Architectural design influences.  Paper presented at the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, Florida, USA

De Jonge, D., Ainsworth, E. J. & Tanner, B. (2006). Home modifications down under: Promoting independence for older persons with disabilities. Assistive Technology Research Series. Selected Papers from the 2006 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence.

Ainsworth, E.J. (2005). Occupational therapy: Creating home environments that sustain the health and wellbeing of the ageing population.  National Speakers Series.  Australian Association of Gerontology.  www.health.gov.au/communityforallages

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D. (2004).  Occupational therapists’ role in home modifications. Poster presented at the OT AUSTRALIA Queensland State Conference, Sunshine Coast.

De Jonge, D. & Ainsworth, E.J. (2004). Best practice in home modification service delivery.  Paper presented at the OT AUSTRALIA Queensland State Conference, Sunshine Coast.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D. (2003).  Occupational therapists leading change as consultants in housing… More than a housing solution. Poster presented at the OT AUSTRALIA National Conference, Melbourne.

Ainsworth, E.J. & de Jonge, D. (2003).  Occupational therapists’ role in new residential construction. Poster presented at the OT AUSTRALIA National Conference, Melbourne.

Ainsworth, E.J. & Mitchell, C. (1999). The unique role of the occupational therapist in the prescription of home modifications. Written paper developed for the OT Association Qld.

Ainsworth, E.J. (2000). Evaluating housing service effectiveness for people with psychiatric disabilities. Paper presented at the OT AUSTRALIA Queensland State Conference, Toowoomba.

Published Papers

Ainsworth, E. (2016). Mods make home a help, not a hindrance. Australian Community Care Review, August, 16-18.

Ainsworth, E. (2016). Modifying the home: Building, inclusion, practice. OT Connections, August (13)4, 17-19.

Ainsworth, E., de Jonge, D., Layton, N. (2016). Home modifications in Australia. Housing Learning and Improvement Network, UK. http://www.housinglin.org.uk/_library/Resources/Housing/Practice_examples/Housing_LIN_case_studies/HLIN_CaseStudy_119_Australia.pdf

Ainsworth, E. (2015). ACAA conference summary. OT Connections. October, 12(6), 34-35.

Ainsworth, E. & de Jonge, D. (2014). The relevance and application of universal design in occupational therapy practice. OT NOW, 16(5), 5-7. http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=466

Ainsworth, E. & de Jonge, D. (2014). Universal design and home modification practice in Australia. OT NOW, 16(5), 29-30. http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=466

Ainsworth, E. & de Jonge, D. (2010). Access standards for home modification practice. Journal of the Independent Living Centres Australia, 25(4), 24-25.

de Jonge, D., Ainsworth, E. & Tanner, B. (2006). Home modifications down under: Promoting independence for older persons with disabilities. Assistive Technology Research Series. Selected Papers from the 2006 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence.

Ainsworth, E. (2005). Occupational therapy: Creating home environments that sustain the health and wellbeing of the ageing population.  National Speakers Series.  Australian Association of Gerontology.  www.health.gov.au/communityforallages

Ainsworth, E. (1989).  Employer attitudes: Hiring individuals with a mild intellectual disability.  Department of Family Services Community Bulletin, 13(3), 10–12.