Activism Against Ageism – A Night with Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite would like us to think differently about growing older. As written in her book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

“Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process that unites us all. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? Because of ageism — the last socially sanctioned prejudice.”

Ashton Applewhite is a New York journalist, author and activist. She is a spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age and in 2015 she was included in a global list of 100 inspiring women who are committed to social change.

Ashton has spoken on the TED Main Stage and and the United Nations and now she’s coming to Byron Bay as part of her EveryAGE Counts tour. Join us for dinner and hear what she has to say.

More details coming soon.

Add this event to your calendar now and register your interest to stay in the loop.

Transformers IV – Changing the Healthcare System for the Better

2020 will be a year of significant change for the Australian aged care sector. These changes will directly impact the organisations, staff, families and individuals receiving and giving care.

Transformers IV is your chance to unpack the Interim Report of the Royal Commission and learn what ongoing reform means for your organisation. Strategise with experts and industry leaders and gain practical and pro-active insights from the transformers that are driving quality improvement beyond compliance.

  • Be among the first to hear the latest updates & insights on the Royal Commission following the release of the Interim Report
  • Explore transitional learnings and case studies for the new quality standards
  • Gain insight into new models of multidisciplinary care
  • Discover new entries into the market and innovative technologies
  • Learn how to position your organisation as an ‘employer of choice’ and lead your workforce into the future of aged care


Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare



On Saturday 21 September, the Centre held its second annual Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Symposium. 72 people were in attendance, ranging from CEOs, nurse managers, clinical designers, oncologists, GPs and OTs to data scientists, technologists, students and educators.

The symposium looked at preparing the future health workforce for artificial intelligence in a number of different areas and explored the role of disruptors and enablers. If you’re not sure what the difference is, these two videos sum up the description of “disruptors” and “enablers” well.

Our disruptors were:

AI Health – Australia’s first artificial intelligence company specialising in gathering, exchanging and coordinating vital data that underpins the future of the innovative health sector

Starkey Tech Hearing Industries – developer of Livio AI, the world’s first hearing aid that tracks body, brain health and falls

Virtus Health – the first Australian provider to use “Ivy”, artificial intelligence technology which allows embryologists to identify the best embryo for each woman

CancerAid – a free mobile app for people affected by cancer

Our enablers were:

ANDHealth – commercialisation support for digital health

IntelliHQ – AI solutions for hospital system efficiency

Creative Tech Ventures Fund – a startup investment fund

Remarkable – Australia’s first disability-focused impact accelerator

We also heard from:

Belinda Ward from the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision about social robots and the Townsville Hospital trial of “Pepper”

Professor Nikolai Petrovsky from Flinders University about his world-first AI-charged flu vaccine and what it’s like to deploy AI in the clinical setting

Professor Bela Stantic from Griffith University about big data and smart analytics for predicting healthcare outcomes

Susie Sheldrick from Silverpond about using AI responsibly and applying ethical principles


Unfortunately, the video recording of these presentations failed meaning we are unable to share the videos of these sessions and the interactive panel session with all our disruptors and enablers. All slides from the presentations can, however, be downloaded by clicking on the link below. 



Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series

In partnership with Social Futures and Health Justice Australia we invite you to register for the Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series, delivered via your boardroom TV, desktop or anywhere you have Internet.

Join us live for one webcast or all five and take part in real time discussions, surveys and Q&As. No download necessary – simply enter your email, save the date and be ready to take part. If you can’t make it to the live webcast, register anyway and we’ll send you a post-event link to the watch-on-demand video file.



What to expect from the series

There is widespread evidence demonstrating the relationship between the health and wellbeing of an individual and the environments in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Factors such as employment, housing, education and social support can work to strengthen or destabilise the health of people and their communities. These factors are referred to as the social determinants of health (SDoH).

In partnership with Health Justice Australia and Social Futures, the Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series invites you to join other health, social and community care providers online to create a shared language around SDoH. Each webcast will be filmed from a state-of-the-art studio in Sydney, facilitated by Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, and will feature up to five expert panelists.

The series will outline the theory behind SDoH (Webcast 1) and then contextualise them in the detail of factors such as

  • early life (Webcast 2)
  • socioeconomic position (Webcast 3)
  • housing, communities and neighbourhoods (Webcast 4)
  • health justice (Webcast 5)

Each webcast will look at evidence, best practice and how you can innovate alongside the people in which you serve.

Webcast 1: A Framework for Social Determinants of Health

Monday 3 June 2019 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

It’s been more than 10 years since the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health delivered its final report on how to reduce inequities in power, money and resources and people’s daily living conditions in order to improve health equity. So what’s changed since then?

A Framework for Social Determinants of Health will take a look at the theory of social determinants of health (SDoH) and the evidence that supports key action areas. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will provide the baseline for building shared language around individual lifestyle factors, social and community networks, and general socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions in 2019.

Panelists include:

Get to know

  • The evidence that supports key action areas
  • Organisations working in social innovation and research
  • Key methods for addressing SDoH
  • Resources available
  • Opportunities for cross-sector collaboration

Webcast 2: Early life

Monday 1 July 2019 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm 

Addressing early childhood development means creating the conditions for children – from gestation to 8 years of age – to thrive in their physical, socio-emotional, and language/cognitive development. During these critical years, the foundation is laid for a child’s physical and mental health, affecting everything from longevity and lifelong capacity to learn, to the ability to adapt to change and build capacity for resilience against adverse circumstances.

Early life therefore must be stable, responsive, nurturing, safe and supportive.

Early Life will explore what’s considered to be the most important developmental phase throughout the lifespan. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will look at successful models and challenges to implanting early child development programs and how you can work in concert with families to provide equitable access to strong nurturant environments.

Panelists include:

Get to know:

  • pathways for families to rebound from crisis and reach their potential in society and the economy
  • ways to offset the effects of adverse early experiences and environments
  • evidence to support the interconnectedness between health, development, wellbeing, education   and subsequent life outcomes.


Webcast 3: Socioeconomic position


Monday 21 October 2019

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Differences in socioeconomic status, as assessed by educational attainment, income and occupational status, are associated with large disparities in health. Linked to a variety of health-related behaviours, socioeconomic status impacts prevalence of obesity, smoking, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, alcohol consumption and more.

Socioeconomic Position will explore the ongoing area-based measures for monitoring health gaps between socioeconomic groups. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will explore the Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) and how to advance equity and inclusion in our learning communities.

Panelists include:

  • Professor Rosemary CalderDirector, Australian Health Policy Collaboration & Professor of Health Policy, Victoria University
  • Professor Sharon FrielProfessor of Health Equity and Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
  • Tony DaviesChair, NSW Council of Social Service and CEO, Social Futures
  • Jon OwenPastor and CEO, Wayside Chapel
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know:

  • How to map health risk factors by socioeconomic position
  • Ways to disrupt disadvantage and further self-determination
  • Innovative ways to provide care to people across socioeconomic borders

Webcast 4: Housing, Communities & Neighbourhoods

Monday 23 September 2019 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm 

We all need a home. None of us can go about our lives, raise a family, go to work or stay healthy, without a stable, safe and affordable place to call home. We also need healthy communities by design – access to recreation and open space, healthy foods, medical services, public transit and safe transportation.

Housing, Communities & Neighbourhoods will explore the links between determinants of a healthy living environment and health and wellbeing. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel will explore social and economic responsible public policy for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

Panelists include:

  • Norma Shankie WilliamsStrategic Planning Lead, Willoughby City Council
  • John McKennaChair, Community Housing Industry Association NSW
  • Kate Colvin, Deputy CEO, Council to Homeless Persons
  • Anita Mansfield, Executive Manager, Social Futures
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know:

  • the evidence linking health and planning
  • how to advocate for a fair and equitable housing system where low income Australians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing
  • how to identify vulnerable families and pathways to care

Webcast 5: Health Justice Partnerships

Monday 18 November – 2:30pm – 4:00pm

A quiet revolution is taking place across Australia and it’s transforming the way some of the most vulnerable in our community access legal services. In a practitioner-led movement, community lawyers have been moving out of their offices and into the most unlikely of places – hospitals and community health settings – to collaborate with health services and their patients to address unmet, health-harming legal need. Known as health justice partnerships (HJPs), these collaborations work by embedding legal help into healthcare services and teams.

Health Justice Partnerships will explore the growing body of evidence that shows there are groups of people who are vulnerable to intersecting legal and health problems, but who are unlikely to turn to legal services for solutions. Facilitated by Tony Davies, CEO, Social Futures, a panel examines what takes a HJP partnership beyond ‘status quo’ services in terms of purpose, structure, activity and resourcing.

Panellists include:

  • Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO, Health Justice Australia
  • Jane Cipants, Director Client Service, Legal Aid
  • Donella Mills, Lawyer, Lawright and Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO)
  • Sandra Gates, Director Allied Health and Clinical Support, The Royal Women’s Hospital
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know

  • Legal problems that affect health
  • The definition of a health justice partnership
  • Evidence supporting the HJP model
  • Create partnerships with existing local social resource providers and expand capacity to address social needs
  • The development and sustainability of the community service sector


With thanks to our event partners

Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing Planning Day


The Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing Planning Day was held at the Yarrawarra Cultural Centre on 26 March 2019.

The half-day session was split into three parts:

  1. Consultation by Campfire (identify regions strengths and challenges)
  2. Cloudbusting (identifying areas open to improvement)
  3. Action Parties (identify how the Centre can support this improvement)

The day was broken up with five signposts from Dr Mark Lock

  1. Close the Gap Refresh
  2. NAIDOC 2019
  3. OCHRE Aboriginal Regional Alliances
  4. Accreditation for Safety & Quality
  5. Aboriginal Cultural Voice Guides Solutions

The planning day was an opportunity to hear from services working with Indigenous communities to better understand regional strengths and challenges. Siloed funding, unclear governance, the impact of trauma and cultural awareness were key areas identified.

The Centre will continue to work with these services to drive a conference series with the aim of improving Aboriginal wellbeing on the North Coast. Please email if you would like to be part of the steering committee.


Healthy Retirement – Active Ageing with Mobile Technology

Healthy Retirement: Active Ageing with Mobile Technology was held on


It looked at some of the smart technologies working to support seniors to care for their own health during retirement and promote health and wellbeing of older people living at home.

Key note speakers:


Professor Andrea MaierDivisional Director of Medicine and Community Care, University of Melbourne

Topic: PreventIT (based on the European Horizon 2020 Project)

Professor Andrea Maier’s research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related syndromes and diseases. As part of her mission to prolong the healthy lifespan of our ageing Australians, she was part of the recently completed three-arm feasibility trial of PreventIT – personalised ICT based interventions designed to change behaviour, supporting older adults in the early stages of retirement to form long term physical activity habits at a point of major lifestyle change.


Associate Professor Kim DelbaerePrincipal Research Scientist at NeuRA

Topic: Standing Tall Exercise Program and other healthy retirement interventions

Kim Delbaere is a Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA, a leader in brain and nervous system research. Kim’s research has contributed to the understanding of physical, psychological and cognitive factors causing falls and her multidisciplinary approach incorporates elements from physiotherapy, psychology, brain imaging and software engineering towards preventing falls and promoting healthy ageing. Developing novel apps assists in this research and Kim will be speaking to the apps currently in development.

Download Kim Delbaere’s presentation.


The networking dinner also included a presentation from Lucy Kingsley of Richmond Tweed Library and the Be Connected program about how local libraries can support care providers to encourage the use of technology in their seniors.

Health & Social Care Workforce: Today & Tomorrow

Health & Social Care Workforce Today & Tomorrow was held on



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Transformers III – Planning & Contributing Together

From 5 – 8 November 2018, 137 service providers, ranging from primary health, social and community services, allied health and employment came together with university lecturers, students, local government and consumers to explore ways to plan, contribute and collaborate effectively.

Our aim for the series was to give service providers:

  • specific examples of alliance-based models
  • a base understanding of the structure, governance and workforce skill required of alliance-based contracts
  • confidence to try a more shared and cross-sector approach to service delivery
  • tools for overcoming constraints and barriers

For more information on this event and to download the resources, click here.

To read our key note speaker, Dr Nick Goodwin’s reflections, click here.

To download the program, click on the link below.

Transformers IIII will be held in November 2019.