Transforming Aged Care Services: LASA Congress 2015

By Sharon Smith
Tuesday, 01 September, 2015

The challenge of meeting the needs of our ageing population – today and into the future – is considerable. It cannot be achieved in insolation from government, health and community services, and other industries including technology, design and business services. Partnerships are critical to maximising efficiency and quality of the care and services provided to older Australians. Central to such partnerships is a co-design approach that puts older Australians and their families at the heart of all decision-making, and engages people from across industries and disciplines with the shared goal of providing the best possible care and services.
Co-design is a powerful ingredient in the development and transformation of social services policy. In aged care, partnerships can and must span many different disciplines and include all stakeholders: consumers, government, researchers, sociologists, architects, planners, financiers, innovators and students, who all play an important role in establishing care and services to meet growing demand.
Leading Age Services Australia is the peak body for age service providers, and has been a trailblazer in bringing government to the table to commit to a co–design approach of major policy initiative such as the development of a funding model for dementia and the reform of the Aged Care Allocation Round (ACAR).
At its annual congress, on this year in Melbourne from 11-14 October, LASA is encouraging delegates to consider how a co-designed approach will form tomorrow’s age services. This event will enable partnerships to form and flourish, connecting information, ideas and innovation to ensure we have the requisite resources for older Australians to live well.
Suitable for anyone working in age services or healthcare, or involved in the strategic direction of either a private and not for profit provider, the event features Australia's biggest age services trade exhibition, inspiring key note speakers and concurrent sessions curated specifically for directors and CEOs, CFOs, Operations Managers, HR managers, DONs and senior and middle management. Masterclasses will be held on the last day covering how to put co-design into practice in your business; business planning for growth; and operational management and financial performance.
Program standouts include keynote addresses about leadership and overcoming adversity; a panel discussion about elder abuse moderated by journalist Geraldine Doogue; the latest information from the Department about MyAgeCare run as a Q&A session; presentations on the most innovative technologies enabling people to live at home for longer; and expert advice on preparing for mergers and acquisitions or simply strengthening your strategic planning.
For those who can't attend the full Congress, single day tickets, networking packages and exhibition only tickets are available.
For more information including to register and book discounted acommodation go to

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