The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO

The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO
⁠Age Discrimination Commissioner
Appointed as the Age Discrimination Commissioner on 29th July, 2016 Kay comes to this role with strong involvement in issues affecting older people. Leaving school at 15, and then managing a small business, she returned to school and gained a BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney and a PhD in Psychology and a Dip Ed at Monash University. She taught allied health science students for 11 years. She studied gerontology at the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University. Using the knowledge gained during those visits she co-developed the first Victorian post-graduate diploma in gerontology and introduced gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses.

Following her election to the Senate in 1987 she served on a number of Senate committees and held various shadow portfolios. In 1988 she was appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary and in 2001 was appointed to Cabinet and served in the Health and Social Security portfolios. She retired from Cabinet in 2006 and from the Senate in 2008.
During her time in the Senate she pursued issues affecting older Australians and fought tirelessly for the removal of the compulsory retirement age of 65 from the Australian Public Service and statutory authorities.

Initially she will champion the rights of older workers, focus on the blight of elder abuse and encourage innovative solutions to homelessness and risk of homelessness amongst older Australians.

Kay has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards and voluntary positions. She is a Director of the Brockhoff Foundation (2008-); Professorial Fellow Monash University, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (2008-); she was a Director and Vice-President of Interplast Australia NZ (2007-2016); a member of the Board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (2014-2016); Chaired the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on Homelessness (2011-2013); was involved for over 25 years in the Victorian Girl Guides as a leader, Council and Executive Member; and was a member of the Monash University Council (1978-1998). She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2016 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Professor John Pollaers

John Pollaers
Professor John Pollaers
Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce

John Pollaers has a proven track record in leading major Australian and international companies including Pacific Brands and Foster’s Group, and in his current roles is working across Government to bring about major reforms to vocational education and training and aged care. This is realisation of his vision of building a strong future for Australia by creating opportunities for people and businesses to flourish and succeed. He is a passionate advocate for education and training, the care of senior Australians and including more people with disability in work and training.

John is Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, and the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, a member of Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, and an advisory board member at Melbourne University’s Centre for Workplace Leadership. He runs his own business and sits on an international board.

Senator Rachel Siewert

Senator Rachel Siewert
Australian Greens Whip
Rachel is the Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing, family and community services, mental health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander issues. She is co-deputy leader, Whip and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs References. Rachel’s position as chair of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee has enabled her to bring light to landmark issues such as; aged care, suicide prevention, hearing health, income inequality, forced adoptions and out of home care.

Senator Rachel Siewert has been in Parliament for over 12 years, making her the most experienced MP of the Australian Greens.

In 2016, Senator Siewert secured support for an inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce and worked with the sector to pressure the government to reassess the ACFI cuts.

She is deeply interested in issues related to older Australians.

Professor Joseph E. Ibrahim MBBS, GradCertHighEd, PhD, MRACMA, FRACP, FAFPHM

Professor Joseph E. Ibrahim
Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine
Joseph is a Professor and Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

Joseph is a Professor at Monash University this appointment followed Joseph establishing the Health Services Research Unit at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in 1999 after completing a Doctorate of Philosophy examining the epidemiological principles of performance measurement and quality in health care. Joseph’s principal areas of research expertise include quality of clinical care, aged care, performance measurement, patient safety and climate change. He is a past member of the editorial committee for the International Journal for Quality in Health Care and a former director on the Board, Aged Care Standards And Accreditation Agency (2002-2012). At Monash University, Joseph has developed, coordinated and taught in a range of undergraduate and postgraduate education units in quality of care, patient safety, aged care, climate change and preventive medicine. Joseph’s ongoing research is investigating approaches to improving the lives of persons with dementia and reducing harm to older persons living in Residential Aged Care.

Joseph is the Clinical Director of Sub-Acute Services and a practicing consultant physician in Aged Care Medicine at a large regional centre in Victoria (2007) providing care for patients in hospital and community settings, Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, Faculty Of Health Sciences. He was the founding Professor/Director of Aged Care Medicine at Peninsula Health, Monash University (2004-07), this appointment followed the position of Clinical Service Director for Aged Care at the Williamstown Hospital, Western Health. Joseph has a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Fellowship in Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Joseph was an inaugural and founding member of the Clinical Liaison Service (2002-2009) and the Work Related Investigation Service (2005-2009) at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine assisting the State Coroner’s Office investigating the system failures associated with health care and work related deaths respectively.

Over the past fifteen years Joseph has been the principal investigator on research grants and contracts on healthcare quality and safety projects with the World Bank, the Australian Commonwealth and State Health Departments. In 2000, Joseph participated as a consultant for the World Bank Project assisting the development of a system for hospital accreditation in Lebanon and by the Asian Development Bank to co-ordinate courses for Health Care Quality in Indonesia. Other international study visits include to Boston USA [2001] as the regional editor of International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Human Rights Commission Northern Ireland [2006] Veterans Affairs National Centre for Patient Safety, Michigan USA [2006] and University of Tokyo [2006].
Joseph continues to publish in national and international journals and regularly presents at seminars and conferences on the topics of aged care, quality, performance measurement and clinical risk management.

Gerard Mansour

Gerard Mansour
Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention
Gerard Mansour is a highly respected and passionate advocate for the needs of older people, with over 25 years of leadership experience within the aged and wider community services sectors. As Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Mr Mansour provides advice to the Victorian Government on issues relevant to senior Victorians, such as the ability to live healthy, dignified and productive lives, and social engagement and empowerment.

Mr Mansour’s role as Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention is focussed on giving older victims of family violence a voice and raising community awareness of elder abuse. He advises government on potential improvements to pathways available to older people dealing with abusive situations and led the development of the booklet Your voice––Trust your choice – Tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney.

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward

Kylie Ward
Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward

CEO Australian College of Nursing

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward has had a successful and celebrated career as a Nursing Leader and Health and Aged Care Executive in Australia for over 25 years. She has held positions of Managing Director, Director of Clinical Operations, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Director of the Division of Medicine, Associate Director of Women’s and Children’s Health and Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery in three major health services in NSW and Victoria. Her clinical background is in intensive care and aged care.
Kylie is the CEO of the Australian College of Nursing. Along with this she is a Board Director of ANMAC, Member of Commonwealth NNMEAN working group reporting to COAG, Elsevier Australia National Advisory Board Director and a Telstra Business Women of the Year winner for Purpose and Social Enterprise in ACT.

Kylie is passionate about nursing professionalism and advancing nurse leadership knowing the significant contribution nurse leaders make to health and aged care, community outcomes, individualised care and patient experiences. Kylie’s approach to leadership is modern, ethical, progressive and focuses on humanity and building mental and spiritual resilience to meet organisational challenges and lead people through change. Kylie’s expertise is in transformational leadership and management, organisational culture, change management, models of care, redesign and clinical informatics. She has been a lecturer for Masters Degree and undergraduate Masters Degree nursing students in leadership and management at Monash University. Kylie has been awarded three honorary Professorships at UTS, Monash and Deakin Universities.

Kylie has enjoyed a long history with ACN and the organisations that ACN is founded upon, RCNA and The College of Nursing. Kylie was awarded Fellowship of both organisations in 2007. In 2009 Kylie was awarded a Wharton Fellowship from the University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Understanding the history and commitment of these two great organisations to nursing professionalism in Australia Kylie is committed to honouring the past to lead the Australian College of Nursing as a dynamic and influential preeminent professional organisational well into the future.

Josephine Boylan

Josephine Boylan
Director Operations at Southern Cross Care
Jo Boylan is the Director of Operations at Southern Cross Care SA & NT. Jo holds a Bachelor and Masters of Nursing and a Masters in Public Health. Jo is undertaking her PhD focusing on the promotion of healthy ageing into residential aged care.

Over the past 10 years Jo has been leading organisational reorientations toward healthy ageing across residential, community and retirement living communities. With her operational team, Jo has led the implementation of over 25 gyms into residential homes. Her health ageing achievements include development and implementation of a healthy ageing model, presentations at international conferences, appointments to national and state aged care advisory groups, adjunct teaching positions with SA Universities and winning 10 national better practice awards for the delivery of healthy ageing into residential aged care.

Jo provides the leadership, theoretical knowledge, research transfer into practice to drive the cultural change needed to implement healthy ageing as a business model for the future.

Bryan Lipmann AM

Bryan Lipmann AM
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Wintringham

Bryan Lipmann is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Wintringham, a not-for-profit welfare company employing over 650 people to provide an extensive range of high quality residential, community based and outreach services to elderly men and women, most of whom are homeless or at risk of homelessness. He has worked with elderly homeless people for more than 30 years.

An important identifying feature of Wintringham’s work has been its insistence that homeless elderly men and women should have the same right of access to generic aged care services and resources as the rest of the aged community.

Bryan has sat on a number of Ministerial Advisory Committees in Melbourne and in Canberra working on issues effecting homeless elderly people, including the Victorian Homelessness Strategy, and the National Homelessness Strategy. Bryan was a member of the Hogan committee investigating the long term viability of the national aged care industry where he represented the needs of the elderly homeless. He is a past Chairman of the Community Housing Federation of Victoria.

In 2007, Bryan received Aged and Community Care Australia’s national individual award for his contribution to aged care and in particular to the aged homeless and in 2009, he was acknowledged as a Distinguished Alumni of La Trobe University. The Rockefeller Foundation invited Bryan to join sixteen other homelessness experts from around the world to attend a three day roundtable meeting in the Rockefeller Centre in Bellagio, Italy, in November 2009. In 2011, Wintringham was awarded the United Nations Habitat Scroll of Honour, the most prestigious human settlements award in the world. He was invited by the OECD to join an international panel of experts on Integrated Services and Housing in Paris in 2012.

Bryan was awarded an Order of Australia in 1999 and in 2015 was the Melburnian of the Year.

Associate Professor Christine Stirling

Associate Professor Christine Stirling
Associate Professor Christine Stirling
Associate Professor Nursing at the University of Tasmania
Christine is a nurse researcher with a career long interest in improving healthcare through research. She is an Associate Professor Nursing at the University of Tasmania and Vice-President of the AAG National Board. She aims to improve the way we engage patients in decision, and support for people with dementia living alone. She has over 100 publications and has received over 1.8 million in research funding over her career. Christine has led research into expanded scope of practice, particularly into Nurse Practitioners in the field of gerontology.

2018 David Wallace Address

David Wallace Address

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Professor Croucher is currently the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). She was first appointed a full-time Commissioner of the ALRC by the Howard Government in 2007 and was made President in 2009. Professor Croucher was reappointed President in 2014 and subsequently in 2015 for a further three-year term.

Professor Croucher has had an illustrious career as a lawyer and member of the academy. She has an outstanding reputation for her pragmatic, constructive and analytical approach to law reform. Her strong leadership of the ALRC, and expertise in complex areas of the law, has enhanced its respected public image.

Since becoming President of the ALRC, Professor Croucher has led nine significant law reform inquiries. She led the Freedoms Inquiry – one of the most comprehensive reviews ever undertaken by the ALRC into the consistency of Commonwealth legislation with traditional rights, freedoms and privileges. Professor Croucher has also led many other significant law reform inquiries into human rights, including disability, age discrimination and elder abuse and family violence.

Prior to her appointment to the ALRC, Professor Croucher had a distinguished academic career. She was Dean of Law at Macquarie University and held positions in law with the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.

Professor Croucher was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development and to the arts.

Professor Croucher’s leadership and experience will bring strength to the role and make her the right person to implement and oversee the significant reforms to the AHRC arising from the passage of the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act 2017.

The David Wallace Address was established to honour the life of Dr David Wallace, a founding member of the AAG and a pioneer of gerontology and geriatric medicine in Australia. The Address is offered to an exceptional contributor to gerontology or closely related fields in Australia.

For more information about the David Wallace Address, visit AAG’s website.

2018 Gary Andrews International Fellow

Gary Andrews International Fellow

Professor Sir Michael Marmot⁠ MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci
Director of the International Institute for Society and Health
MRC Research Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College, London

Sir Michael Marmot has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 30 years. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.

He chairs the Department of Health Scientific Reference Group on tackling health inequalities. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and is an honorary fellow of the British Academy.

In 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to Epidemiology and understanding health inequalities. Internationally acclaimed, Professor Marmot is a Vice President of the Academia Europaea, a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005. He won the Balzan Prize for Epidemiology in 2004, gave the Harveian Oration in 2006 and won the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research in 2008.

The Gary Andrews International Fellow Address honours the life and contribution that Professor Gary Andrews made to gerontology and geriatrics in Australia and overseas.

For more information about the Gary Andrews International Fellow please visit AAG’s website.