The sector is on the precipice of transition from pandemic crisis management, through a temporary transition period of emergency management which will soon lead to a state of operations where managing COVID-19 will be normalised into business as usual operations. These unprecedented times will bring more rapid changes and will require further adaptions to the way we care for older Australians. LASA and our Members are already actively planning for and leading this latest unprecedented adaptation to the way we care for older Australians.

 From Pandemic to Endemic: The Future of Aged Care and COVID-19

Join LASA and an esteemed program of experts at this virtual forum as they explore and present the latest thinking and evidence about what an aged care sector where COVID-19 is endemic will look like. The program has been designed specifically to assist senior industry professionals from age care providers across residential, retirement living and seniors housing, home and community care to engage in the next phase of what has proved to be another seminal feature of life in aged care.

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Time (AEDT)Session TitleSpeaker
9.30am – 10.30amCheck In & Introductory Video
11.00am – 11.10amOpening & Welcome

Sean Rooney, CEO, LASA
11.13am – 11.18amMessage from Minister for Health and Aged Care

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care
11.21am – 11.26amMessage from Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services

Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Minister for Sport
11.29am – 11.44amOutlook for living with COVID-19 in Australia

Professor Michael Toole AM, Associate Principal Research Fellow, Burnett Institute 
11.47am – 11.57amHow vulnerable are vaccinated older Australians to COVID?

Dr Norman Swan, Medical and Health Broadcaster, Line host of ABC Coronacast
11.59am – 12.12pmVirtual Break
12.15pm –12.45pmPanel: Calibrating COVID protections: in residential care

Facilitator: Cheryl Edwards, Residential Care Specialist, LASA
Chris Mamarelis, CEO, The Whiddon Group
Craig Gear, CEO, OPAN

12.48pm – 1.18pm


Panel: Calibrating COVID protections: in home and community care
Facilitator: Jane Floyd, Home Care Specialist, LASA
Michelle Jenkins, CEO, Community Vision Australia
Nick Loudon, CEO, Envigor
1.21pm – 1.51pmPanel: Calibrating COVID protections: in retirement living

Facilitator: Paul Murphy, Principal Advisor – Retirement Living & Seniors Housing, LASA
Byron Cannon, CEO, LDK
Craig Green, Client Services Manager, Australian Unity
Judy Mayfield, Director – Sector Engagement, ARQRV
1.53pm – 2.08pmVirtual Break  

2.10pm –   2.30pm


Counting the cost of protecting older Australians

Facilitator: Tim Hicks, General Manager Policy, Advocacy & Advisory, LASA
Grant Corderoy, Senior Partner, Stewart Brown
Kerri Rivett, CEO, Royal Freemasons Ltd
Bernadette Gotch, Chief Operating Officer, KinCare Health Services Pty Ltd

2.33pm – 2.53pm


Responding to future outbreaks

Facilitator: Ian Poalses, State Manager NSW-ACT, LASA
Rachel Argaman, CEO, Opal Healthcare
Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary Health System Strategy and planning, NSW Health
Helen Grinbergs, Senior Executive, Commonwealth Department of Health

2.56pm – 3.21pm


COVID-19 and the aged care workforce

Facilitator: Kerri Lanchester, General Manager Member Relations and Innovation, LASA
Annie Butler, Federal Secretary, ANMF
Sandra Hills, CEO, Benetas
Kevin McCoy, CEO, Independent and Assisted Living, Australian Unity

3.24pm – 3.49pm


Living with COVID-19 – Insights from Overseas

Facilitator- Judy Martin – Chair of Global Ageing Network
Katie, Smith Sloan, Executive Director, Leading Age Services USA
Simon Wallace, Chief Executive, New Zealand Aged Care Association
Donna Duncan, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Long Term Care Association (Canada)

3.52pm – 4.22pmLessons learnt for the futureSean Rooney, CEO, LASA
Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly Co-author of reports into COVID-19 outbreaks in NSW and the Independent review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities
4.25pmForum Close & Networking Time




Each delegate will require their own individual registration and will receive a unique login to the online portal which is only valid for use on one device at a time. The online conference platform is simple to use and allows you to access presentations, one to one meetings, and connect with your colleagues in the meeting hub. There will also be live support available for the duration of the forum should you have any questions.