SA Active Ageing Innovation Collaborative - Committee
The SA Active Ageing Innovation Collaborative is a Person (Boomer) Driven and Facilitated Network - that brings together health professionals, ageing well providers, 'encore' career specialists, life-style providers, community groups, wealth creation specialists, and industry innovators to streamline the progression of identified concepts toward prototyping, objective validation, resourcing development and gaining acceptance in the market place of the ageing community.
Professor Alison Kitson
University of Adelaide
Professor Alison Kitson is Dean of Nursing and Head of School of Nursing, University of Adelaide. Also Past Executive Director (Innovation & Reform) of Nursing for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN). This role focused on providing leadership in models of care, workforce planning and redesign. Alison also holds an appointment as Co-Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice South Australia (CEPSA), a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute, and is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford in the UK. Before coming to Australia Alison held a number of strategic leadership and executive positions in the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom. Her research over the last 20 years has focused on Knowledge Translation (KT) activity relating to better understanding the mechanisms that enable new knowledge (in the forms of guidelines or innovations in practice such as new roles) to be introduced into clinical practice.
Emeritus Professor Murray Gillin AM
During a career spanning over 60 years Murray worked in the fields of defence science and technology as an Engineer, Research Scientist and as Defence Research Attache in the Australian Embassy Washington, USA.; and in education as Dean of Engineering, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry/Academic Liaison) and Director Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University of Technology. He has special interests in wealth creation from engineering and innovation (is Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia), in work integrated learning (is Past-President of the World Association for Co-operative Education), and in entrepreneurship education and research (was Founding Chairman of the AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2004-2009). Co-Founder of Pitcher Partners Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2010-2015).
Professor Noel Lindsay
University of Adelaide
Noel graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a PhD in Commerce. He joined the University of Adelaide's Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre as its Director in July 2006 where he also is the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation. In 2012, Noel was seconded to the position of Academic Director Singapore Operations where he was responsible for the academic operations of the University's Ngee Ann-Adelaide Campus. Noel's research interests are in the areas of business and social entrepreneurship.
As an entrepreneur, Noel has successfully established, grown, and harvested business ventures in Australia, Malaysia, and South Africa. Complementing his entrepreneurship experience, Noel also has experience in the venture capital sector as a Director of an Australian venture capital fund. Noel has an accounting background in public practice in the audit, corporate insolvency, and family business advisory areas. Noel is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Mr Nick Callinan
Collins Hill Pty Ltd
A pioneer of the Australian venture capital industry, having started in 1984 what became the Advent group of venture and private equity funds. In 1994, he went to London and set up new funds to invest in the transforming economies of Central and Eastern Europe. He spent time in Boston with the global firm Advent International (whose name he had used for his Australian companies) and then joined Shell in London to establish an international IT venture fund. He returned to Australia in 2006 and now advises in the venture capital and private equity industry with a particular interest in the commercialisation of technology. He serves on the boards of a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations.
Earlier in his career, Nick worked for Cummins Engine Company, Inc ending up as chief executive of its Australian subsidiary. He started his career with Gutteridge Haskins and Davey (now GHD), consulting engineers.
Ms Jeanette Walters
Office for the Ageing-SA Health
Ms Walters is the Assistant Director, Office for the Ageing (OFTA), SA Health. Office for the Ageing takes the lead on State Government policy on Ageing, working together with the community and community organisations, other government departments, non-government organisations, local government, the Commonwealth and South Australian Universities to respond to and innovate around the opportunities an older population brings.
In the two years Jeanette has been with Office for the Ageing they have released Prosperity Through Longevity: South Australia's Ageing Plan, Our Vision 2014-2019, Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians 2014-2021 and an accompanying action plan to each of these policy documents. These policies outline the vision for the state and support initiatives to build an Age Friendly South Australia. Recent examples include the Innovation in Ageing Challenge and the Mature Economy project - both of which focus on the positive potential of ageing in South Australia. Office for the Ageing also administers the Retirement Villages Act 1987, manages South Australia's Seniors Card program and has governance of the Aged Care Assessment Program in South Australia.
Dr Lois Hazelton
Lois graduate from the Doctor of Philosophy program at ECIC, University of Adelaide. In her thesis Lois examined governance, stewardship and innovation in aged care. Her research brings together the many elements of a professional career in nursing education, management and personal experience in an industry that faces many challenges in developing a sustainable resident valued aged care service.
Ms Megan Corlis
Helping Hand Aged Care
Megan Corlis is the Director of Research & Development at Helping Hand Aged Care (HH). HH is characterized by its unique approach to growth and new development. HH has developed a unique approach to engagement of consumers, families and staff. Megan's work focuses primarily in the area of 'age friendliness' and Active Ageing.
Dr Peter Balan
University of South Australia
Peter Balan has been an entrepreneur as well as an intrapreneur, and in early 2015 set up the South Australian network for SeniorPreneurs. This networking organisation conducts regular meetings and activities for those over 55 wishing to engage in personal enterprise, social enterprise, and for-profit venture development. SeniorPreneurs is supported and sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Microsoft, Polaris Innovation Centre, Innovation Hub (Port Adelaide), Eastside Business Enterprise Centre, City of Adelaide.
Dr Mike Rungie
ACH Group Inc.
Dr Mike Rungie is the CEO of ACH Group in South Australia and Victoria, a proudly not-for-profit organisation supporting over 20,000 older people each year with a vision of "Good Lives for Older People".
Dr Rungie has specialized in understanding how people live well in their 70s, 80s, 90s, undertaking a variety of studies, research projects and service trials (including as a Visiting Scholar with Prof Wolf Wolfensberger, and a Churchill Fellowship). ACH Group trials Service Models that enable older people to not only receive high quality care, but in a way that enables high quality life (including ViTA - a teaching, re-enablement service for older people). Dr Rungie currently works with a number of Organizations and networks developing scalable strategies that have citizenship and productivity for older people at the centre of what they do.
Ms Jane Mussared
Council on the Ageing in South Australia (COTA SA)
Jane Mussared is the Chief Executive of the Council on the Ageing in South Australia (COTA SA), the peak body promoting the rights, needs and interests of older South Australians.
Jane came to COTA SA in 2015 from ACH Group where she had been part of their Executive team since 2001, initially managing the Health and Community Services Division and then heading up People and Innovation. Prior to that Jane was the Manager of the State Government Office for the Ageing.
Jane chairs the National Aged Care Alliance Home Care Committee and is on the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council (FECCA) Healthy Ageing Reference Committee and the SA Economic Development Board Healthy Ageing Group. Jane is also the Deputy Chair of Cirkidz.
In 2008 Jane was the SA Winner of the Innovation Award in the Telstra Business Women's Awards and in 2007 she won a Sanicare Scholarship to visit aged care in Malta and the Netherlands. Jane has a Masters' Degree in Social Work (majoring in social policy and research) from the University of Michigan.
Adjunct Professor Ross Bensley
University of Adelaide
Ross is Director of the Assistive Technologies Research and Innovation Centre, ECMS Faculty, The University of Adelaide; former Executive Director, Advanced Manufacturing Centre of Excellence, UniSA; coordinator of the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Program School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide and with over 20 years' experience in coordinating collaborative R&D partnerships between industry and leading research teams.
Mr Rob Chalmers
University of Adelaide
Rob has managed Adelaide Research & Innovation (ARI) since 2007 and has worked on research, development and application of technology since 1990. He is committed to ensuring ARI is a leader in the important engagement between the University sector and the community, enabling translation of capabilities, skills and ideas into impact for broader benefit.
Rob is Convenor of the "Group of 8" Commercial Directors and Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia Inc. the peak sector body that services the commercialisation arms of Universities (and public research agencies) in Australia (and some in NZ). He has been a Director of several startup companies, and was involved in the inception of an early stage venture capital fund.
Dr Fiona Kerr
Systems and Neural Complexity Specialist
Fiona works half time with the University of Adelaide in a multidisciplinary capacity across the school of Nursing (researching the Neurophysiological effect of touch and eye gaze on healing and care) and ECIC working in innovation and system complexity. She is also about to collaborate with SAHMRI to investigate the neuroscience of wellbeing and resilience, and is in the process of co-founding the company "human-e" with Dr. Jordan Nguyen to research and advise on the interaction between humans and technology, an area of particular relevance to therapeutic and care relationships.
Fiona has a business background spanning 30 years across public, private and tertiary sectors, and is an advisor to governments both here and overseas on building innovative, creative bureaucracies. In SA she has reviewed the aged care sector and is currently working on community engagement practices which harness and coordinate the community, private and public sectors to examine large societal questions.
Fiona is deputy chair of SIS (Seniors Information Services), now amalgamated with DIRC (Disability Information and Resource Centre). She is a regular keynote speaker to both industry and academic forums and is writing a book called "The brains that change each other".