The Govern with Care Forum is an Aged Care industry event specifically focused on good governance practice for the sector. LASA and the Governance Institute of Australia have partnered to produce this thought-provoking and informative event in response to the Royal Commission recommendations in regards to governance.

The program covers areas where effective governance is key to operational performance including changing Board responsibilities, our stakeholders, clinical care, technology and risk.  The forum also provides an opportunity to hear from leading industry experts on how governance pertains to the coming sector reforms to ensure you’re keeping on top of governance in Aged Care.


Robert Cockerell
National Leader of PKF Integrity

Senator, The Hon Richard Colbeck
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services and Minister for Sport 

John Connolly,
John Connolly & Partners

Tracey Duke
Residential Specialist
Leading Age Services Australia

Professor Sue Gordon,
College of Nursing and Health Services
Flinders University

Merlin Kong
Interim Director, Workforce and Innovation
Leading Age Services Australia

Kerri Lanchester, 
General Manager, Member Relations
Leading Age Services Australia

Micheal Martin
Executive Director
C-Suite Safety Solutions

Catherine Maxwell
General Manager, Policy and Advocacy
Governance Institute of Australia


Fi Mercer
CEO and Founder
Governance Evaluator

Gary Morgan
Deputy Chairman
Integratedliving Australia

Megan Motto
Governance Institute of Australia

Professor Graeme Samuel AC
Dementia Australia

Sean Rooney
Leading Age Services Australia

Graham Russell
Managing Director
HSC Technology Group

Madeline Walsh
Thomson Geer Lawyers

Kenneth Weldin
Joint Head of Audit & Assurance


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


*Please note all times are listed in AEST

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TimeSession TitleSpeaker
9.30am – 10.30amCheck In to Portal
10.30am –10.33amIntroduction & WelcomeKerri Lanchester,
General Manager, Member Relations, LASA
10.35am –10.55amOfficial Opening Megan Motto,
CEO, Governance Institute of Australia
10.57am –11.07amMinisterial AddressSenator The Hon Richard Colbeck,
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services and Minister for Sport
11.09am –11.39amDementia Australia’s Care Roadmap – what Boards need to know and doProfessor Graeme Samuel AC,
Chair, Dementia Australia
11.41am –12.01pmBoard Skill Sets – New requirements for a new worldFi Mercer,
Founder & CEO, Governance Evaluator
12.03am –12.30pmBreak & Networking
12.32pm –12.52pmDirector Legal Obligations & Responsibilities – What are the implications if you don’t abide?Madeline Walsh,
Partner, Thomson Geer Lawyers
12.54pm –12.24pmPeople, Data and Reputation – the 3 big risks to businessMichael Martin,
C- Suite Safety Solutions
1.26pm – 1.56pmReputation Management – How to prepare for and manage a media incidentJohn Connolly,
Partner, John Connolly & Partners

1.58pm – 2.28 pm


Technology – how to ensure it is improving our care and services


Facilitator: Merlin Kong, innovAGEING, LASA

Gary Morgan, Deputy Chairman, integratedliving Australia

Graham Russell, Managing Director, HSC Technology Group

Professor Sue Gordon, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

2.28pm –2.40pmBreak & Networking
2.42pm – 3.02pmOur Stakeholders – who are they and why?Simone Finch,
Acting COO, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
3.04pm – 3.24pmWhat about Clinical Governance? What framework should be in place?  Tracey Duke,
Residential Specialist, LASA
3.26pm – 3.46pmBoard Papers – What information should be taken up to the board Catherine Maxwell,
Policy & Advocacy, General Manager, Governance Institute of Australia 
3.48pm – 4.08pmWhistle-blowers – protect and applaud them allRobert Cockerell, 
National Leader of PKF Integrity, PKF
Kenneth Weldin, 
Joint Head of Audit & Assurance, PKF
4.10pm – 4.40pmThe Voice of the Older PersonSean Rooney,
4.40pm – 5.00pmForum Close & Networking TimeKerri Lanchester,
General Manager, Member Relations, LASA

Proudly Sponsored by:

For information on Sponsoring the Govern with Care Virtual Forum please click here to download the sponsorship prospectus. For more information contact Megan Leddin, LASA meganl@lasa.asn.au ,1300 111 636 or  Leanne Ryan, Governance Insitute of Australia, Leanne.Ryan@governanceinstitute.com.au or +61 413 037 740