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Workshop Facilitators

Nick Lund

Mr Nick Lund

City of Boroondara

Nicholas has worked in local government for over 14 years and is the manager of Health, Active Ageing and Disability Services at the City of Boroondara. The department provides Home and Community Care services to approximately 3500 vulnerable people, provides important public health services such as immunisation and food safety, and employs more than 250 staff.

Prof. Renuka Visvanathan

Professor Renuka Visvanathan

University of Adelaide

Renuka is an academic geriatrician based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH). She is also the Director of the Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (GTRAC) Centre located in an aged care campus. She is clinical director of the Aged & Extended Care Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Greg Mackie

Mr Greg Mackie


A former local precinct activist, city councillor and founder of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Greg serves on many boards in the community and cultural sectors. In 2012 Greg was appointed 'ageing provocateur' for SA's Department for Health and Ageing.

Jeff Fiebig

Mr Jeff Fiebig

ACH Group

From 1995 to 2001, Jeff was the Director of the South Australian Office for the Ageing (OFTA). He was responsible for the development of many initiatives around ageing policy in South Australia including “Ageing a Ten Year Plan for South Australia” and “Moving Ahead” a strategic plan for the development of health services for older people. Jeff is currently working with ACH Group and IBF (Italian Benevolent Foundation). His recent project has been the design, the development and the construction of ViTA – a world ranked better practice innovative 120-place restorative and teaching aged care service.

Charrlotte Seib

Dr Charrlotte Seib

Queensland University of Technology

Charrlotte is a research fellow on the Women's Wellness after Cancer Program at Queensland University of Technology. Her primary research interest is in determining whether exposure to stress across the life course is associated with distinct health trajectories and whether it can provide insight into the potential pathways for disease aetiology in women as they age.

Dr. Ngaire Hobbins

Dr Ngaire Hobbins

University of Tasmania

Ngaire is a widely experienced dietitian with a decade specialising in geriatrics. Her passion is encouraging age-appropriate eating strategies that minimise physical and mental decline to allow older people to enjoy continued independence and health. Ngaire is honorary lecturer in dementia studies at University of Tasmania and aged care consultant.

Dr. Mike Rungie

Dr Mike Rungie

ACH Group

Dr Mike Rungie is CEO of ACH Group, a not-for-profit organisation serving over 20,000 older Australians annually in SA and Victoria. ACH Group's Vision is “Good Lives for Older People”. Its Mission is to offer opportunities for people to grow to live good lives, and to provide services in ways that make living a good life possible. Mike was a Churchill Fellow in 2013 examining the evolving roles for people in their 70s, 80s, 90s, and what was enabling this re-invention to happen.

Prof Robert Adams

Professor Robert Adams

University of Adelaide

Professor Robert Adams is a practicing General and Respiratory Physician, he is Director of the Health Observatory, at the Discipline of Medicine of The University of Adelaide He is an epidemiologist with a strong interest in quality in health care, health services and health literacy. He a Principal Investigator in the North West Adelaide Health Cohort Study (NWAHS) and has published widely on a number of chronic disease issues including respiratory diseases, obesity, the metabolic syndrome and nutrition related issues.

Raymond Spencer

Mr Raymond Spencer

Chair, SAHMRI and Chair, SA Economic Development Board

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, organizational 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 was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2005 for the Illinois Region.

Dr. Kate Barnett

Dr Kate Barnett

University of Adelaide

Dr Kate Barnett is the Deputy Director of the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre (WISeR), at The University of Adelaide. Dr Barnett has been working as an ageing policy and aged care researcher and evaluator since the late 1980s, giving her a detailed understanding of this field and its evolution over time. One of her key areas of research interest is the'teaching nursing home' or TRACS model which she is studying in Australia and in the USA, Canada and Scandinavia.

Assoc. Professor Chris Pearce

Associate Professor Chris Pearce

Monash University

Associate Professor Chris Pearce is President of the Australasian College of Health Informatics. A practicing clinician, he has extensively researched computers in healthcare, with a focus on the interactions and usability.

Peter Scully

Mr Peter Scully

OneFocus Capital

Peter is Strategic Analyst with OFCAPITAL, Lecturer, The Executive Connection and Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology.

Dr. Helen Feist

Dr Helen Feist

University of Adelaide

Dr Helen Feist, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. Her research focuses on the changing demography of Australia's population, in particular ageing and the implications of this for society and communities; much of this work involves an examination of space, place, the built environment, community connectedness and social networks.

Megan Corlis

Ms Megan Corlis

Helping Hand Aged Care

Megan Corlis is the Director of Research & Development at Helping Hand Aged Care (HH). HH is characterised 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.

Jeanette Walters

Ms Jeanette Walters

Office for the Ageing, 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. OFTA 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.

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.

Prof. Greg Tegart

Professor Greg Tegart AM

Academy of  Technological Sciences and Engineering

Greg has had a long career in academia in England and Australia, in industrial and Government research management in Australia and in senior bureaucratic positions. Involved in new technologies for health with the ATSE.

Janusz Tanas

Associate Professor Janusz Tanas

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Dr Janusz Tanas has over 20 years experience as a senior executive in industries including shipping, national television, finance, international development, construction and medical firms.

His unique leadership style is underpinned by his drive to deliver continuous business improvement and practice a collaborative and interactive approach to teaching so that his students enjoy the learning experience. He is an expert in entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate and business strategy bringing strong consulting, negotiating and coaching skills.

Janusz recently joined ONE Healthcare Worldwide, USA as an Executive World Advisory Board Member and is a regular Keynote speaker at universities including the National Defense University of Warsaw, Poland.

He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship/Innovation with a focus on economic, political and social issues from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. He is a graduate of Master in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on Management and Innovation, Capital Markets and Tax for High Growth Business' from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Melbourne Australia.

Peter Balan

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.

Nigel Stocks

Professor Nigel Stocks


Nigel is currently a practicing Fellow in Aldgate in the Adelaide Hills, and is also Professor and Head of the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide and Director of the Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network (ASPREN), a Commonwealth-funded network of almost 200 GPs around Australia that provides data for influenza surveillance and collects morbidity data for general practice research. He is currently a member of the RACGP Foundation Committee, RACGP Membership Advisory Committee, a member of the AFP's Editorial Board and Chair of the RACGP Awards

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