Conference Program

The ACCPA South Australian Conference offers a comprehensive program designed for Aged Care Board Directors, Executives, and Management professionals spanning Residential Aged Care, Home Care, Retirement Living, and Seniors Housing Providers. It provides a valuable opportunity to network with industry peers while gaining insights from expert speakers and presentations. With a focus on navigating ongoing reforms and sustaining excellence in aged care delivery, this full-day conference is tailored to address the needs of the sector.

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ACCPA will be holding a member engagement workshop on the day prior to the conference commencing.

ACCPA Member Engagement Workshop 

Friday 15 March 2024
8:00am-9:00am Registration and Meet & Greet
9:00am-9:05am Conference Opening & Welcome Mark Prosser, Director Retirement Living and Seniors Housing, ACCPA
9:05am-9:10am Welcome to Country Rosalind Coleman, Deputy Chair,  Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation 
9:10am-9:15am Gold Sponsor Address Rebecca Anasson, Business Relationship Manager, HESTA 
9:15am-9:40am ACCPA CEO Address Tom Symondson, Chief Executive Officer, ACCPA
9:40am-10:10am Government Reform Update

Danny McAteer, Director, Service Delivery Division – South Australian Branch, Department of Health and Aged Care

Alice McDonald, Director, Service Delivery Division – South Australian Branch, Department of Health and Aged Care

10:10am-10:35am Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Update Janet Anderson PSM, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
10:35am-11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am-11:05am Gold Sponsor Address  James Large, Executive Leader Regulation, ReturnToWorkSA 
11:05am-11:35am Findings from the Council of Elders – The Lived Experience  Gillian Groom AO Council of Elders
11:35am-12:20pm Panel: The New Aged Care Act – What it Means for Providers 

Tom Symondson, Chief Executive Officer, ACCPA (Facilitator)

Roald Versteeg, General Manager Policy & Advocacy, ACCPA

Rebecca Barr, Partner, O’Loughlins Lawyers

Chris Stewart, CEO, Helping Hand Aged Care

Michelle Church, CEO, St Basil’s Homes

12:20pm-12:50pm South Australian Insights and Taskforce Findings Stuart Hutcheon, Managing Partner, StewartBrown
12:50pm-1:30pm Lunch
Concurrent Session 1
1:30pm-2:00pm The Gap between What Government Funds and What Consumers Want James Saunders, Partner, Pride Living
2:00pm-2:30pm Governance – Board Responsibilities for Leading the Transformational Journey

Jo Boylan, CEO, Clayton Church Homes

Greg Adey, Chair, Clayton Church Homes

Concurrent Session 2
1:30pm-2:00pm Prevention and Management of Psychological Injuries in the Aged Care Sector

Mardi Webber, Mentally Healthy Workplaces Consultant, ReturnToWorkSA

Houda Peters, Team Leader Employer Education, ReturnToWorkSA

2:00pm-2:30pm Case Study: A Combined Regional Response to Embedding Pharmacists in Residential Care in the Barossa Valley Matt Kowald, General Manager, Barossa Village Inc
2:35pm-3:20pm Mental Health and Stress Management Annie Harvey, Keynote Speaker
3:20pm-3:50pm Afternoon Tea
3:50pm-4:30pm The SA Government’s Vision for Aged Care

Liz Behjat, WA, SA, NT State Manager, ACCPA (Facilitator)

Hon Chris Picton MP, Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Government of South Australia

4:30pm-5:15pm Release Your Inner Giant Rabia Siddique, Keynote Speaker
5:00pm Conference Close Liz Behjat, State Manager, WA, SA, NT, ACCPA