Adelaide Convention Centre | 25-27 October 2023

Samuel Johnson
Day 1

Samuel Johnson OAM, a veteran of the entertainment industry for over 30 years, is celebrated as an actor, radio presenter, voiceover artist, and philanthropist. 

His diverse career spans television, film, and voiceover work. Samuel’s philanthropic efforts have earned him recognition, including the Australian Centenary Medal, GQ Magazine’s Social Force of the Year, and a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his dedication to cancer research. His enduring impact in both entertainment and charity work is undeniable


Bernard Salt
Day 2

Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators. He has written six popular best-selling books, hosted a TV show on SkyNEWS Business called “The Next Five Years” and hosted a top-rated podcast called “What Happens Next” He is best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying new social behaviours including “the goat’s cheese curtain.” Bernard has been a columnist with The Australian newspaper for more than 20 years. His column in The Weekend Australian Magazine is highly regarded and widely read. Bernard was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours for his services to the Australian people via demography. And finally, Bernard is the person responsible for popularising the phrase “smashed avocado” … globally!

Dr Gill Hicks 
Day 3

Gill Hicks is a multi-talented individual – an author, musician, award-winning artist, and performer. Her creative works are infused with a deep appreciation for life. Gill is a powerful and thought-provoking communicator who challenges us to reflect on our relationships with the world, each other, and ourselves. Globally recognized as a survivor of the July 7, 2005, London bombings, Dr. Gill Hicks is considered one of Australia’s most life-affirming speakers. Her projects and initiatives are aimed at deterring violent extremism and fostering sustainable models for peace, drawing from her background in the Arts.

Anika Wells MP
Day 3

Minister for Aged Care and Sport, The Hon Anika Wells, is the Federal Member for Lilley and lives in Chermside with her husband Finn, daughter Celeste, twins Ossian and Dashiell and their rescue kelpie Don.

Prior to entering the Australian Parliament in 2019, Anika graduated from Griffith University and worked as a lawyer for people injured at work or on the road.

Following the election of the Albanese Government in May 2022, Anika was appointed Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Sport.

Minister Wells became a parliamentarian to be a good ancestor, a valued member of her community and to ensure millennials have a seat at the decision-making table.

Minister Wells is determined to reform aged care, restore dignity to older Australians and improve the guardrails that keep sport safe and equal for its participants.



Full Program Coming Soon! 

2023 National Conference Theme

The conference theme ‘The Age of Change’ encapsulates advancements in technology, society and culture, as well as the possibilities and challenges of this era in aged care. We will explore the many complex changes taking place, from disruptive innovations reshaping our industry to the shifting global landscape demanding adaptive strategies.

Against the backdrop of this theme, attendees will engage in discussions, share insights, and forge connections to harness change as a catalyst for progress and a foundation for shaping a more resilient and agile future for aged care.