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Off the Rails: A Cautionary tale of Home Modification [DVD]

Author: Inner West Media,
Year: 2009
Type: Audiovisual Material


This short film is an illustration of the pitfalls of do it yourself home modification including installing a grab bar in the bathroom

Further Details

Publish Location Sydney
Publisher Inner West Media
Accession Number September, 2010
Notes 5 Disks: 2 DVD format; 2 X Web Deliverables; 1 Quicktime Master. Uploaded by UNSWCommunity to YouTube on Mar 10, 2009.
Cast Dickson, P.
Credits Directed by Banjo Fitzsimon Director of Photography Sam Phibbs Sound by Janan Clowes Edited by Sam Phibbs Written by The Learn to Lecture Crew
Format Digital Versatile Disc (DVD)
Research Notes Off the rails is a tongue in cheek video about the real problems experienced by consumers, families, therapists and builders in resolving small scale home modification problems. It uses humour to get across a very real message about the benefits of credible information, sound communication practices and good teamwork between all the players. Getting good information about home modification interventions is now just a mouse click away thanks to the establishment of the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo) at This short film was produced by the Home Modification and Information Clearinghouse, University of New South Wales, in conjunction with the Home and Community Care, Australian Government Dept. of Health & Ageing, New South Wales Governement Dept. of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, & the University of Western Sydney Urban Research Centre
Keywords Home modification, housing, rail

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