The transformation of age services in Australia will be the focus of the Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) National Congress in Adelaide starting on Sunday 28 October.

Around 1,200 attendees will make LASA Congress the largest gathering of the aged care industry in Australia, with  around 90 speakers to address topics including the upcoming Royal Commission, workforce and regulatory issues, governance and innovation.

LASA Chief Executive Officer Sean Rooney said Australia is facing a ‘new normal’ as the ‘baby boomer’ generation ages and it requires a shift in the way we think about ageing and aged care.

“We are witnessing the dawning of a new era where longevity of life is celebrated, consumers are empowered to choose, and Australia’s aged care industry re-imagines age services,” Mr Rooney said.

“Our industry seeks to address the challenges and embrace the opportunities that come with the growing numbers of older Australians and their changing needs and expectations.

“While the outcomes of the Royal Commission will help shape the future of the industry, we need to continue to make address workforce, standards and funding to make Australia’s aged care system better now right now.

“The issues of ageing and aged care are clearly of national importance and we need to engage all Australians in what it means to age well in our country.”

Keynote speaker and Mars One Astronaut candidate Dianne McGrath will head an impressive line-up of expert presenters exploring the issues and challenges facing the industry as well as examples of best practice the age services industry has to offer.

The Congress will also see the inaugural LASA Excellence in Age Services national award winners announced at a gala dinner on Tuesday 30 October.

The Awards promote and recognise excellence across the diverse and dynamic fields of endeavour in the age services industry and celebrate the passion and achievements of organisations, teams and individuals in the service of older Australians.

“It is particularly important that we recognise and celebrate the many positive examples of high quality care delivered by the passionate, age services professionals across the country, Mr Rooney said.

The theme for this year’s event in Adelaide 28-30 October is Ageing transformed …. The dawning of a new era. For more information visit:


About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national peak body representing and supporting providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living. Our purpose is to enable a high performing, respected, and sustainable age services industry delivering accessible, affordable, quality care and services for older Australians.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 57% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 33% are for-profit providers and 10% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.

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