Diaries at the ready – 1 April

A quick fortnightly round-up and reminder of the conferences and events coming up soon.

Above:  Actress, Helen Morse, star of Kage Theatre’s ‘Sundowner’ premiering at this weekend’s Castlemaine State Festival.

For a full list of conference events throughout the year, click here. To list your conference or event, email here.

Is it just us, or has the pace of the ‘ageing’ sector quickened somewhat in 2011?  Conferences and events are coming at a cracking rate and it’s getting hard to keep up… but we struggle on!  

The Productivity Commission has been conducting capacity hearings across the country for the past two weeks.  Of the remaining public hearings in Canberra, Brisbane and Darwin, only one Canberra hearing and the Darwin event have available places.  Click here if you would like more information or want to register for either of these.

Aged Care Queensland’s annual conference at Jupiter’s ran last week with a shorter program compared to past years but a record crowd.  See AAA’s report on the event here.

This week was the 5th annual Retirement Communities World Australasia 2011 conference in Sydney which drew a strong crowd of senior executives from the aged care and retirement villages sector. Reports on this conference can be found here…

Tomorrow is the one day forum, Ageing – The Future Technology Challenge, being hosted by Simavita at Sydney’s Australian Museum. The value of robotics in aged care will be the subject of discussion and debate and registrations on the day may still be possible? 

If you’re in Victoria, this weekend you can see the world premiere of KAGE Physical Theatre’s production of Sundowner to be performed at the Castlemaine State Festival, Victoria.

Starring actress, Helen Morse (A Town like Alice, Picnic at Hanging Rock), Sundowner was developed through a series of community forums over eighteen months which brought together people with younger onset dementia, carers of those with dementia, and the creative team involved in the development of the show (including the performers, writer and director). Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria was involved in the forums and has congratulated KAGE physical theatre on the production.

Sundowner will be performed at the Castlemaine State Festival on the 2 and 3 April at the Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine, Victoria. Tickets can be booked through the Festival. http://castlemainefestival.com.au/2011/sundowner/

A reminder that registrations are now open for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW’s ‘new look’ ‘Memory Walk and Memory Jog’ fun run, to be held at Lilyfield in Sydney’s inner west on 15 May 2011. This year’s event has been moved to a new location at Leichhardt Oval #3, with the course to follow the well-known Bay Run.  As well as 2km and 7km walks, participants who are up for more of a challenge can now take part in a 7km or 9km fun run.  Individuals or teams are encouraged to seek sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues.  For more information, to register or to sponsor a Memory Walker or Memory Jogger, click here.

Less than two weeks left to nominate for the Aged & Community Services WA Excellence in Care Awards, now in their third year. Winners will be announced at the ACSWA Excellence in Care Awards Gala Dinner at the Astral Room at Burswood on June 10. Award categories include: Employee, Volunteer, Organisation, Industry Supporter, Trainee, Media and Aged & Community Excellence.  Nominations close Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Download a nomination form here. 

For anyone interested in opportunities in China or Asia generally, there are a couple of events coming up this year.  AAA has agreed to partner with Retirement Living World China 2011.

According to the conference website, “China has over 167 million people above the age of 60 years old, a figure greater than the entire population of Germany and France put together. Among which 18.99 million are over the age of 80, but the estimated number of retirement home beds only comes to 2.77 million.”

“This discrepancy between retirement village capacity and potential market demand of the aged population means that many more retirement homes and villages will need to be built. This definitely opens up new opportunities for foreign investors, retirement village developers and aged care operators.”

Another near neighbour forum is Retirement Asia Expo being held in Thailand in June.  

Meanwhile, these things are coming up soon:

Melbourne CAREX 2011
6-7 April 9.30am to 4pm
Caulfield Racecourse
Free Admission
W: www.totalagedservices.com.au/

Clean Scene: The National Cleaning and Hygeine Expo
5-7 April
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
W: www.cleansceneshow.com.au 

Australasian Podiatry Conference 2011
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
26-29 April
T: 03 9681 6288
E: apodc2011@iceaustralia.com
W: www.iceaustralia.com/apodc2011

NSW HACC & Community Care Conference
2-3 May
T: 02 8754 0400
E: events@agedservices.asn.au 
W: www.agedservices.asn.au 

NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum
Friday 27 May 2011
9:00am – 4:00pm
Wesley Conference Centre, 
220 Pitt St Sydney
T: 02 9399 1063
E: e.vance@neura.edu.au
W: www.fallsnetwork.neura.edu.au

2nd Biennial National Falls Prevention Summit
Effective and sustainable falls prevention
20 – 21 June 2011
Hilton Hotel, Brisbane
W: www.iir.com.au/conferences/healthcare/national-falls-prevention-summit

SAGE Belgium & Germany 2011 – Including attendance at NCF Conference UK
“Aged Care Study Tour”
May 2011 
Belgium & Germany
W: www.sagetours.com.au/

NSW HACC & Community Care Conference
2-3 May
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
T: 02 8754 0400
E: events@agedservices.asn.au
W: www.agedservices.asn.au

Aged & Community Services WA Conference 2011
In partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia WA  
“It’s about more…It’s about time”
12-13 May
Burswood Entertainment Complex
T: 08 9389 1488
E: eecw@eecw.com.au   
W: www.acswa2011.com.au

Alzheimer’s Australia 14th National Conference
17-20 May
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
T: 07 3255 1002
E: info@alzheimers2011.com
W: http://www.alzheimers2011.com/program.htm

IRSA Daily Living Expo
18-19 May
Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney
T: 1300 789 845
W: www.dailylivingexpo.com.au

Aged Care Association Australia- NSW Congress 2011
19-20 May
Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
T: 02 9212 6922
E: admin@acaansw.com.au
W: www.acaansw.com.au

Retirement Living World Beijing 2011
24-27 May
Beijing, China
W: http://www.imapac.com/index.php?page=retirementlivingworldchina2011

HammondCare Aged Care Conference 2011
“Rehabilitating Aged Care: A fresh look at Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services”
23-24 June
Australian Technology Park, Sydney
W: www.hammond.com.au

Nurses in Management Aged Care (NIMAC) Conference
20-22 July
Conrad Jupiters, Gold Coast
T: 07 3725 5588
E: events@acqi.org.au

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