It is fitting that Australia’s largest age services event is being held on the Gold Coast, home of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This year’s congress theme, Ahead of the Game: Age Services – Strong, Bold, Brave draws on the Commonwealth Games spirit.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said being ‘ahead of the game’ is about accessing new ideas, business strategies and care models, as they are developing.

“As our population ages, we must accelerate innovation in age services to ensure older Australians retain their independence and have choice and control over the age services they need and deserve.

“At Congress, we will hear from industry leaders who will share insights into the ways they are responding to the changing care, support and service needs of older Australians. Importantly, Congress will also be the first opportunity to hear from political and thought leaders about the implications of the recently completed Aged Care Legislated Review,” Mr Rooney said.

“Congress is a place where the industry comes together, to challenge the status quo and explore what’s possible. By challenging ourselves we ensure our industry continues to raise the bar in pursuit of leadership and quality.”

More than 110 presenters will share their expertise and insights with an audience of over 1,000 at this year’s three-day LASA National Congress. The conference will allow delegates to explore and discuss how our industry has been responding to systemic change underpinned by the principles of ageing in-place, consumer choice and contributions, and market-based competition.

The Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt will deliver an address and then join a Q&A discussion with the Shadow Assistant Minister for Ageing Senator Helen Polley on the future of Australia’s aged care sector.

David Tune AO PSM will discuss aged care reform in his first public engagement since completing his review of the Living Longer, Living Better reforms.

Other keynote speakers include:

  • Futurist Gihan Perera who will help us understand how we can become fit for a future that includes digital disruption, global reach and changing workplaces.
  • Biomedical engineer Dr Jordan Nguyen who will share his mission of improving lives by re-imagining and re-defining the boundaries between human and technological evolution.
  • Innovative entrepreneur Tim Fung, co-founder of Airtasker will unpack the business opportunities to be found in the solutions to everyday business problems.

Mr Rooney said that in this changing environment, aged care providers are seeking to deliver sustainable, viable and consumer led services, with many driving business model innovation and change.

“It is essential that our industry is ‘ahead of the game’ – accessing new ideas, business strategies and innovative care models,” Mr Rooney said.

“LASA National Congress will provide a thought provoking program and is another wonderful opportunity for our industry to connect and share insights with one another.”

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