Events on the horizon

The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to work. Do you need some inspiration? Here’s a rundown of conferences happening in the ageing space in February and March.

Welcome back to the new year!

We understand that you are probably staggering under the weight of your email inbox and are struggling to remember how the computer system works.

It’s 2013 and you need to start up your engines again, ready for another year.

To help you get into gear there are numerous state and national conferences coming up in the next two months addressing many facets of the ageing space.

Specific areas targeted by the conference include dementia, people aged over 85, leadership, rural, and community care.

In calendar order, here are the up-and-coming events, many of which AAA will attend.

  • Community Care Forum
  • Activating Enabling Forum
  • 4th Annual National Dementia Congress
  • Nursing People 85+
  • Tri-State Conference
  • Health-e-Nation 2013 Leadership Summit
  • Queensland Leading Age Services Conference
  • 2013 AAG & ACS Rural Conference

Keep reading or scroll down for details on each event.


Community Care Forum – ACS NSW & ACT
20 February, Australian Technology Park, Sydney
“Living and Ageing Well”

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Clifford Hughes, CEO, Clinical Excellence Commission in NSW, speaking on staying active and healthy
  • Dianne Adamson, Adamson & Associates, speaking on leading change well


Activating Enabling Forum – ACS NSW & ACT
21 February , Australian Technology Park, Sydney
This forum is for community care organization representatives already involved in awareness raising/ education sessions on the enabling philosophy looking to find out more on the practicalities of implementing the enabling approach.


4th Annual National Dementia Congress
21-22 February, Melbourne, Novotel Melbourne on Collins
This conference examines dementia care issues from diagnosis through to palliation, exploring the theme of doing things differently in dementia care.
Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Mark Yates, Geriatrician, Director of Clinical Studies Ballarat Clinical School, Deakin University, speaking on challenges in acute care
  • Dr Dennis Velakoulis, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Director of the Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, speaking on support for younger people with dementia
  • Colin Masters, Executive Director, Mental Health Research Institute, speaking on managing risk and diagnosis
  • Gerard Byrne, Director, Geriatric Psychiatry, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, speaking on managing the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
  • Richard Fleming, Director, NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre, speaking on Environmental Design for Dementia

T: 02 9080 4090
W: Click here


Nursing People 85+
25-26 February, The Pavilion, Breakfast Creek, Brisbane
“How to Assess the Older Person and Reduce Risk”
This conference addresses the special considerations for assessing a person aged 85 years and older and explores how to direct care to prevent risk.


Tri-State Conference
24-26 February, Albury Entertainment Centre, NSW
“Aged Care: Reform or Revolution?”
This conference from Leading Age Service Australia Victoria, NSW-ACT and South Australia explores areas of critical importance to the sector.
Keynote speakers:

  • Julie McCrossin, former ABC and Network Ten broadcaster, will act as facilitator for the event and give a keynote address on challenges and opportunities for the future
  • Rachel Botsman. Global Thought Leader, Social Innovator, Author and founder of Collaborative Lab, speaking on an age of unprecedented change

***Early bird registration closes 28th January 2013
T: 03 9805 9400


Health-e-Nation 2013 Leadership Summit
19-21 March, RACV Club, Melbourne
Keynote speakers:

  • Richard Alvarez, President & CEO, Canada Health Infoway, speaking on transforming health care through digital health
  • Dr Gareth Goodier, Chief Executive, Melbourne Health, Australia, speaking in business intelligence and delivering world class health care
  • Mr Chai Chuah, Director, National Health Board NZ, speaking on Clinical Integration Between Primary & Acute Care


Queensland Leading Age Services Conference
20-23 March, Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast
“The Power of One – One purpose – One voice – One passion”
T: 07 3725 5555

Keynote speakers:

  • June Dally-Watkins, launching Now That’s Living Magazine and presenting about being Forever 25
  • Dr Adam Fraser speaking on using the third space, the gap between roles and environments
  • Morris Miselowski, Founder and Head Futurist at Futurevation, speaking about the future in now

***Early bird registration closes 15th February 2013


2013 AAG & ACS Rural Conference
21-22 March,Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange
“living and belonging”
Hosted by AAG (Hunter / NSW Division) and ACSA NSW & ACT Inc, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Orange, and the Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing.
This conference is for health and aged care practitioners, researchers, policy makers and planners, older people and anyone interested in ageing issues. It addresses the needs of Australians living in regional and remote areas who can experience poorer health outcomes than people living in urban areas. 


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