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Aged Care Reform Conference

This two day event is about providing a platform for discussion on the big changes happening across the sector, particularly in light of the Aged Care Royal Commission, and the implementation of new quality and safety standards.

May 2021

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Returning for its 2nd year, this now two day event is about providing a platform for discussion on the big changes happening across the sector, particularly in light of the Aged Care Royal Commission, and the implementation of new quality and safety standards.

It will explore what can and has been learnt from the Royal Commission to date and what must be done to improve care for older people in Australia – particularly in residential aged care. We believe it will be an important opportunity for a debrief after the initial findings come out, to take stock of how the industry is tracking with new standards implementation and to spend time discussing areas for improvement, challenges and next steps for reform.

The audience is made up of a diverse mix of representatives from state and federal government, local health districts, primary health networks, aged care facilities, aged care providers, council organizations nationwide, independent carers and many more in this new knowledge sharing environment.

Key topics to include:

  • COVID-19: Future Planning and Prevention for Infectious Diseases Control from Entering into Your RACF
  • Implementing Change Based on Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care
  • The Case of Codifying Elder Abuse – Putting Humanity at the Heart of Ageing Reform
  • Dementia Care is Aged Care
  • Improving Capacity Assessments and The Challenge of Understanding Decision Making Capacity
  • Preventing Negligence in Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Testifying at the Royal Commission: Improving the Mental Health of the Older Population
  • Ensuring Appropriate Use of Psychotropics and Avoiding Medication Mistakes in Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • SA Response to COVID-19 in Residential Aged Care Facilities: Ensuring Best Practice and Engaging Consumer Confidence with GP Telehealth Consultations
  • Aged Care Funding, How to Gain Quality Improvements whilst Ensuring the Economic Sustainability of the System
  • Compliance within Governance Issues – How Governing Boards are Adapting to the New Aged Care Standards
  • How COVID-19 Helped Us to Improve our Service
  • Duty of Care: Maintaining and Obtaining the Best Quality Staff


Professor John Pollaers OAM

Executive Chairman, Leef Independent Living Solutions and Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM

NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner

Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Citizens

Dr David Sykes

Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

Dr Emily Kirkpatrick

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Medical Advisor for Primary Care / COVID-19 GP Liaison, SA Health

A/Prof Juanita Breen PhD MSc(Dist) BPharm GradDipComPracPharm

Associate Professor of Dementia Studies & Research, Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, University of Tasmania

Michele Bell

Chief Executive Officer, KNC Ltd.

Professor Sunil Bhar

Clinical Psychologist and Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Barbara Hayes

Clinical Leader - Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health

Dr Alison Argo (DPsych Clinical Geropsychology; MAPS; FCCLP)

Co-chair Statewide Dementia Clinical Network, Advanced Geropsychologist, Nambour General Hospital, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

Grant Corderoy

Senior Partner, Stewart Brown

Dr Monica Cations

Hospital Research Foundation Early Career Fellow and Lecturer in Lifespan Development, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University

Linda Nolte

Program Director, Advance Care Planning Australia

Professor Henry Cutler

Director, Centre for Health Economy (MUCHE), Macquarie University

Catherine Henry

Founder and Principal, Catherine Henry Lawyers

Cynthia Wright

Former Facility Manager Author, Aged Care Quality Clinical Consultant, VET Trainer & Assessor, Next Gen Ambassador, Council for Leading Aged Care Services Australia

Katrina Ong

Partner - Quality Management and Clinical Governance, Pride Living

Professor Julie Ratcliffe

Mathew Flinders Professor of Health Economics and Head Health and Social Care Economics Group, Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University

Jodi Butler

Head of Aged Care Services, Southern Cross Care Queensland



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