LASA Next Gen Online National Forum

Big changes are coming in 2021.

The Aged Care Royal Commission has highlighted the need for re-design and rethinking of the future of our sector.

As younger leaders, we will be part of the strategies, implementation and feel the impact of these in our workplaces into the future.

Now is the time to dare for a brighter ageing future.

Join us and DARE TO BE NEXT!


The LASA Next Gen Forum is the largest aged care event for young professionals. Created by young leaders for young leaders. With inspiring panel sessions, engaging presenters and networking opportunities, this half-day event will re-energise, re-engage and re-inspire, so you can continue daring to lead.

Join us and ensure you have more tools at your disposal to tackle sector challenges, be part of change and dare to lead into the future.

Don’t miss your chance to be involved in this exclusive event— and do it all from the comfort of your home or office!

LASA Member: $275 inc GST  |  Non-Member: $440 inc GST  | 10% discount for groups of three (3) or more!

Friday, 28 May 2021

11:00am – 3:30pm AEST

Join from your Laptop, Tablet or Phone

Bank First are proud promotional partners of the LASA Next Gen Forum.

They are giving you and a team mate a chance to win two tickets to this event.

Competition Now ClosedThank you to Bank First for giving aged care leaders the opportunity to win tickets to the LASA Next Gen Forum. The competition has closed and winners have been contacted.



11:00amWelcomeSamantha Bowen, LASA
11:15amIndustry adaptation. The realities of today and tomorrow’s age servicesSean Rooney, LASA
11:45amMaking negative sentiment work for youRhod Ellis Jones, Ellis Jones Consulting
12:30pmLeading your way: From frontline to executive leadershipJeremy Kestenberg, Healthcare Australia
1:00pmLASA Next Gen: Taking change to the next levelSamantha Bowen, LASA
  1:45pmIt’s a matter of caring: ACWIC and youLouise O’Neill, Aged Care Workforce Industry Council
  2:15pmThe future is bright: Elements for a better ageing future is YOU!Jamie Langdon, Benevolent Living
Simon Kerrigan, Guide Healthcare
Tom Gray, Silver Chain Group
Hadja Sow, ECHO Community Services
John Sisson, Churches of Christ in QLD
  3:15pmThank you and Closing RemarksSamantha Bowen, LASA
Networking – An optional opportunity to continue networking and connect with your peers from across Australia.

*Program timing is listed in AEST

Your Forum Presenters Include:

Sean Rooney, CEO, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)
As CEO of aged care industry peak body, Leading Age Services Australia, Sean Rooney is a recognised leader in the aged care industry. Sean speaks with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and providers of aged care services across residential care, home care and retirement living.

Sean has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations.  He has led membership-based organisations and represented the interests of members on the local, national and international stage. Sean also has practical experience at the nexus of the health and aged care sector, having been the CEO at the Australian Medicare Local Alliance.

Sean has a Bachelor of Commerce from the ANU, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne University and Post Graduate qualifications in Cross Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University.

Louise O’Neill, CEO, Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC)

Louise started her career as a registered nurse, and brings a pragmatic reform-focused vision for aged care.

The health care needs of older Australians is an important issue for Louise and is shown through her 18+ years of experience in the Australian Public Service, holding positions across health, disability and communications portfolios. These roles highlight her strong experience leading change management across aged care reforms, including internal and external stakeholder engagement.

She has a strong understanding of the dedication of so many aged care workers and is committed to providing the workforce with the recognition and opportunities it so deserves. Louise is excited to address on the Strategic Actions identified in the Matter of Care/Aged Care Workforce Strategy through the collaboration and engagement opportunities at the Aged Care Industry Workforce Council.

Rhod Ellis-Jones, Principal, Ellis Jones

Rhod leads Australian social impact and communications consultancy, Ellis Jones, which specialises in behavioural research, business strategy, branding and communication for positive social change.

He has worked in aged care since 2006, advising major and mid-sized not-for-profit and private providers as they adapt to an ever-changing market and regulatory reform context.

His work covers issues and crisis management, marketing, branding and social innovation to drive shared value: social and business impact at community and group levels.

Samantha Bowen, Principal Advisor Next Gen, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

Samantha Bowen is passionate about building a strong network of age service leaders to ensure all generations have the skills to shape and lead our ageing future. In March 2019, she started her role as Principal Advisor Next Gen at Leading Age Services Australia to lead an industry wide youth strategy through LASA Next Gen. This year her role has expanded to include Principal Advisor LASA Mentoring Program, leading a national mentoring program for current and emerging leaders in age services.

Her experiences in social enterprise, building networks across Australia, plus roles on Federal Government and international aged care boards add to her growing experiences in understanding next generation talent and the challenges we are all facing as leaders. Helping to ensure we are all building and leaning into new ways to work together and ensure everyone – from bedside to boardroom – can be part of shaping our ageing future.

Jamie Langdon, Marketing & Communications Manager, Benevolent Living

Jamie Langdon is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Benevolent Living, a non-for-profit seniors living community in Rockhampton, Queensland. Jamie may be the youngest in the Board Room, but she has not let her age hold her back from throwing herself into her work and the aged services industry. She has lead and implemented a complete rebrand of the Benevolent Living organisation, helped form the strategic direction for their new $47M seniors living community, implemented an intergenerational play program and also helped embed the vision and mission of ‘age is just a number’ to the community.

Jamie is also the Deputy Chair of the LASA Next Gen National Council and helps national, state and LASA Next Gen advisors set and attain their strategic priorities. Jamie believes that aged services has endless opportunities for young leaders looking for a new challenging but rewarding career pathway. She has found her calling in the industry and wants to help others reach their potential as well.

Jeremy Kestenberg, General Manager, Healthcare Australia

With a newfound passion for aged care, back in 2010, Jeremy founded Revita at the age of 24. Working as its first physiotherapist, Revita provided allied health services to older people living in aged care homes and the community. With an increased demand for its services and a strong workforce culture, Jeremy led Revita through significant growth.

In 2017 Jeremy sold Revita to Healthcare Australia. And in 2019, Jeremy led the acquisitions and integrations of Wellness & Lifestyles and Positive Rehab into Healthcare Australia.

Today, Jeremy leads a workforce of over 1000 healthcare professionals across Australia who love working in aged care. disability and the community. Jeremy also holds various board and advisory roles across the aged and healthcare sectors.

Hadja Sow, Lead Scheduler ECHO Community Services

Hadja has worked in the aged care sector since 2019. She initially started as a support worker in May 2019, before being promoted to the role of scheduler and in 2020 was awarded the Leading Age Services Australia Rising Star Award. Hadja uses her work as an opportunity to make positive difference in someone’s life. This is why she is passionate about aged care.

Aged care is currently facing multiple challenges which require good Management and Problem Solving skills. It is in this spirit that she was recently nominated and won a WA Australia Institute of Management Community Training Grant. Her plan is to use this grant to develop skills which will allow her to continue making a valuable contribution to the age services sector.

John Sisson, Practice Lead, Churches of Christ in QLD

John Sison is the Practice Lead for Clinical Information Systems at Churches of Christ in QLD. Focused on improving clinical data analysis and working to modernize Clinical and Care Governance. Awarded the National Rising Star Award 2020 from LASA for innovation in creating a Clinical Data Analysis Tool, in which has enhanced visibility and increased compliance with clinical incident management and developed better individual outcomes.

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