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"How can perceptions be changed from viewing ageing as a cost to an opportunity for growth and prosperity?"


Prof Alison Kitson

Professor Alison Kitson

Dean and Head of School, School of Nursing, University of Adelaide

Professor Alison Kitson is Dean of Nursing and Head of School of Nursing, University of Adelaide. Also Executive Director (Innovation & Reform) of Nursing for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN). This new role focuses 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.

Panel Members

Professor Trish McDougall-Covin

Professor Trish McDougall-Covin

William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business

Patricia P. McDougall-Covin is the William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director for the Institute for International Business at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, USA. Dr McDougall-Covin previously held the positions of Associate Dean of the Kelley School, Entrepreneurship Division Chair in the Academy of Management and Vice President-Programs for the Academy of International Business. She is a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow. Her research has been widely published in top academic journals, as well as the business press, including Inc. magazine, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. As Director of the Institute for International Business, she is responsible for numerous global engagement activities. Examples include; the Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, a partnership with the Asia Pacific World Economic Council (APEC); and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute, a collaboration with the U.S. Department of State to give students from participating countries the opportunity to learn about social entrepreneurship.

Dr Kathleen McCormick

Dr Kathleen McCormick

Practitioner, researcher, and policy executive in health informatics, bioinformatics, and gerontology specialist

Dr McCormick is a senior practitioner, researcher, and policy executive in health informatics, bioinformatics, and gerontology. Dr McCormick spent 13 years as an informatics scientist and clinical trial researcher within the NIH, the National Institute on Aging and Clinical Center. Dr McCormick then joined the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHRQ) and directed the first Clinical Practice Guideline program. Dr McCormick then joined SRA International, Inc. and developed their Genomics, Bioinformatics and Life Sciences Solutions program. In May 2004 Dr McCormick became a Chief Scientist/Vice President at SAIC working to advance innovation in the Health Solutions business unit. In January 2009 she joined SAIC-F (now Leidos Biomedical Research Inc.) as Senior Principal Scientist/Vice President. She established SciMind, LLC in the spring of 2012. In 2013 she was honored for her work in innovation with the International Informatics Award from Sigma Theta Tau. She is the co-author of Essentials in Nursing Informatics.

Mr John Corcoran

Mr John Corcoran

Chairman of Russell Kennedy Lawyers and a Law Institute of Victoria Business Law Accredited Specialist

John is Chairman of Russell Kennedy Lawyers and a Law Institute of Victoria Business Law Accredited Specialist. He is a past president of both the Law Council of Australia and the Law Institute of Victoria and currently sits on the Board of Mercy Health and Aged Care. John specialises in the area of retirement villages and aged care. He has a national practice with many of his clients being Australia's major providers of aged care and retirement villages. John often represents major peak industry bodies in their dealings with industry members and government. John was named Best Lawyers' 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law.

Mr Peter Inge

Mr Peter Inge

Joint Managing Director of the Zig Inge Group, the owner of Prospect Hill Village

Peter is the Joint Managing Director of the Zig Inge Group, the owner of Prospect Hill Village. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (majoring in accounting), a Master of Laws (Human Rights) and an Advanced Certificate in Real Estate from RMIT. Peter worked closely with Zig, in growing the business and at the time of its sale in 2007 contained 18 villages, responsible for nearly 3,000 residents and over 300 staff. Peter says, "We offer the perfect mix of quality, security and community in an environment which has been developed with real insight into what is important when it comes to enhancing the lives of residents. He has a strong interest in philanthropic pursuits being on the Board of Advisors of the Property Industry Foundation and the Zig Inge Foundation. He is an Executive Consultant to Macquarie Bank and a former president and life member of the Retirement Villages Association of Australia.

Mr Raymond Spencer

Mr Raymond Spencer

Chair, SAHMRI and Chair, SA Economic Development Board

In 2009, Mr Raymond Spencer returned to Australia following 35 years of living and working in the USA, India and Europe. Raymond was appointed Chairman of the SA Economic Development Board on 1 January 2011. Raymond is Chairman of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Raymond is also chairman or a board member of a number of private and public companies in Australia and the USA. Raymond brings more than thirty-five years of leadership in international business management, organisational culture and mergers and acquisitions.

Raymond was born in Adelaide and attended law school at the University of Adelaide. He was inducted to the Chicago Area Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2003 and in 2005 was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Illinois Region. Raymond was named a Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program, which distinguishes innovators around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social change and in 2013 was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Arizona.

Prof. Greg Tegart AM

Professor Greg Tegart AM

Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Professor Tegart had a varied career, which included Manager of BHP Melbourne Research Laboratories 1968-78, secretary of the Department of Science and Technology 1981-84 and of the Department of Science 1984-87, and secretary of the Australian Science and Technology Council 1987-93. He was educated at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of Melbourne and University of Sheffield (BSc, MSc, PhD).

Within the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Greg is chair of a new network which aims to bridge the gaps between assistive technology research and practice. And it’s calling for the sector to jump on board.

Tackling the grand challenges of society and addressing complex problems requires an approach that extends beyond the traditional discipline-based academic model. Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living sought to explore the potential, by bringing together a range of disciplines in a user-centred network, for improvement in the uptake of innovative technologies for independent living in Australia.

Dr. David Panter

Dr David Panter


Dr David Panter furthered his experience in public health services after being recruited to South Australia in 2004 as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service. Over the next 10 years he held a number of positions within SA Health, most notably being the person responsible for developing the SA Health Care Plan 2007-16 and leading the process for the procurement and development of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, and also as the Chief Executive Officer of Central Adelaide Local Health Network with responsibility for over 10,000 staff on multiple sites.

In March 2015, David become the new Chief Executive of ECH Inc., a not for profit provider of quality affordable homes and support services for older people.

John Hill

Hon. John Hill (Ret.)

SA Minister for Health (2005-2013)

For over 20 years Mr Hill worked in public life, including almost 11 years as a minister in the SA Government. During this time he had the opportunity to travel widely, think deeply and meet significant people working within his areas of responsibility and beyond.

Being a minister provided enormous opportunities to practice and develop the competencies and skills listed below - making plenty of mistakes along the way, but surviving long enough to be confident that that they have all been developed to a high level.

As Health Minister for seven years he oversaw a budget of over $4.5b, a workforce of over 30,000, while implementing a significant reform agenda. As a State Minister John Hill also participated as a member of national ministerial bodies covering health, environment and the arts as well as specialist councils covering national food regulation and the Murray-Darling River system.

Lui DiVenuto

Mr Lui DiVenuto

President SA, Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG SA)

Mr DiVenuto is the President of the SA Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), Australia's peak national body linking professionals working across the multidisciplinary fields of ageing, since 1964. AAG has connected professionals with an interest in gerontology to help them collaborate and exchange information on ageing. The AAG's goal is to expand knowledge of ageing in order to improve the experience of ageing.

Lui is also involved in the Eastern Collaborative Project, an agency of the Government of South Australia.

Andrea Slattery

Ms Andrea Slattery

MD/CEO, Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF) Association

Ms Slattery is the Managing Director/CEO and Founder of the SMSF Association. Andrea has established herself as an authority in the field of SMSFs and Retirement systems and is recognised as a thought leader in Australia’s Superannuation and Finance Service sectors.

The SMSF sector is the largest and fastest growing superannuation sector in Australia accounting for 29% or $595B of a total Australian superannuation asset pool of $2.05T. Andrea was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ – Money Management | Super Review, Australian Women in Financial Services Awards 2014.

Jeanette Walters

Ms Jeanette Walters

Assistant Director, Office for the Ageing (OFTA), SA Health

Ms Walters is the Assistant Director at Office for the Ageing (OFTA). OFTA 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 OFTA 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.

Brad Crouch

Mr Brad Crouch

Medical Reporter, Adelaide Advertiser & Sunday Mail

Brad Crouch is the medical reporter for the Adelaide Advertiser and Sunday Mail. He also works as a feature writer and general reporter. Brad has worked on major metropolitan newspapers in Sydney, been a New York correspondent, a syndicated political correspondent based in Federal Parliament's Press Gallery in Canberra, covered a wide variety of rounds and won a range of journalism awards including South Australian Journalist of the Year.

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