Need to know – your rapid diary checklist

A brief overview of some rapidly upcoming events and important dates for your diary.

Key dates this fortnight:

14 March

The National Aged Care Alliance will hold its Agewell campaign ‘day of action’ tomorrow, Wednesday 14 March, at Parliament House, Canberra. The umbrella group of 28 aged care-related organisations plans to cram as many people as possible into the House of Representative’s public gallery during Question Time to show the politicians they mean business. 

In attendance will be aged care advocates, older people and their families, carers and workers who all want Canberra to know that they can’t wait any longer for reform.  For more details, visit

15 March

On Thursday 15 March in Sydney, Guild Accountants will present a forum on potential impacts of the aged care reforms designed by the Productivity Commission, specifically in the area of funding and finance. Registrations have now closed but look out for AAA’s report next week.

Down in Hobart, Tasmania’s instalment of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency’s Better Practice Conference also begins on the 15th. 

16 March

Not far out of Melbourne, at Latrobe Regional Hospital, a clinical care forum will be held on 16 March. Best Care for Older People – What is the latest? is presented by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and Monash University, with support from the Continence Foundation.

18 March

NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Homecare is holding NSW Seniors Week, 18-25 March 2012 which includes the Premier’s Seniors Week Gala Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 19th and 20th March.

19 March

The AAG is also co-hosting the Rural Conference, ‘Ageing Well’, with the Aged and Community Services Association, NSW & ACT, on 19-20 March in Dubbo.

20 March

The Aged Care Queensland State Conference takes off on 20 March at the Gold Coast..

22 March

The annual, Sydney-based Seniors Film Festival, Young at Heart, will take place during NSW Seniors Week, from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 March at various locations across the city. The festival – the only one of its kind from around the world – specifically caters to film lovers aged 60 and over. It will showcase film premieres, beloved classics and social events for seniors, their friends and relatives. For more information about films and their screening dates, times and locations, click here.

Sydney is hosting the National Telemedicine Summit, which starts on 22 March, with pre-conference workshops the day before.

23 March

Friday 23 March marks the closing date for written submissions to the Senate inquiry into palliative care services in Australia. The broad ranging palliative care inquiry has been hailed as the country’s largest ever.  See our story.  To find out more information about the scope of the inquiry, the submission processes and why Palliative Care Australia is calling on the sector to get involved, visit previous AAA articles: Only 10 days left, The good, bad and the ugly, and Senate announces palliative care inquiry.

Abstract submissions close on 23 March for the Aged & Community Services Association of NSW & ACT State Conference, to be held in Sydney on 10-11 May. 

Abstract and poster submissions for the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies (CAPS) Conference also close on 23 March and must be sent to The conference will be in Canberra in September.  

26 March

Sydney plays host to Retirement Communities World Australasia on 26 March, and the Aged Care Summit Australia, which both run from 26-28 March at the same venue, Dockside Cockle Bay Wharf.


Events and Tours:

SAGE Tours

Registrations are now open for the 2012 SAGE Tour of Europe, 20-26 September, and also for the SAGE China trip, 2-13 June 2012 

What’s on:

National Survey of mobility scooters

A consortium of concerned organisations has recently launched a national survey to help understand how and why Australians are using mobility scooters.

The NRMA (the NSW motoring authority/club), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), CHOICE, EnableNSW and Vision Australia will conduct the survey to generate and then later, provide information about how people are buying and using mobility scooters and what training they receive.

More than 60 older Australians have reportedly been killed and hundreds injured in mobility scooter accidents since 2000. The community is therefore encouraged to participate in the online survey and help the consortium understand the reasons behind the statistics. 

The survey closes on Thursday 5 April. To access the survey, visit the NRMA website.

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