Community Forum - Securing Our Place in the Future

ACS is pleased to have a number of leading speakers joining the program for the 2015 Community Forum - Securing Our Place in the Future. 

David Braggett:
Department of Social Services

David is a Director in the Aged Care Reform Taskforce of the Commonwealth Department of Health.  David has worked on aged care policy and programmes for the last five years, including managing the Aged Care Approvals Round, the introduction of the home care packages programme, and the early development of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.  He is currently managing the reforms to introduce greater choice and flexibility in home care.  Previously, David has worked across a number of health-related reforms in primary care and Medicare policy.

Jane Mussared

CEO COTA SA, Chair of NACA HCP/CDC Advisory Group

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.

David Kay

David Kay is a Director in KPMG’s Health, Ageing and Human Services team.  He has worked with government agencies and not-for-profits in the disability and community care sectors for more than 10 years, advising them on strategy, policy and program reform, review and evaluation.  His recent work has focussed on the development and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provider readiness for the Scheme, as well as community care projects including the Evaluation of the Commonwealth Home Care Packages program.

Alison Choy-Flannigan
Holman Webb Lawyers

Alison has over 25 years of corporate, commercial and regulatory experience, specialising in advising health, aged care and life science clients.

Alison was previously General Counsel of Ramsay Health Care Limited (one of Australia's largest private hospital operators, which previously operated an aged care division) and was a partner of a major Australian National law firm.

Advice for aged care and retirement living clients includes advising on corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure projects, advising on regulatory requirements including the Aged Care Act, reviewing funding agreements, drafting agreements between aged care providers and their clients and advising on issues such as duty of care, consent, security of tenure, guardianship, elder abuse and advance care directives.

In each year since 2008, Alison has been nominated by her peers in Best Lawyers International: Australia and in the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia's 'best lawyers' in the areas of health and aged care and has been named in Australasian Legal Business for mergers and acquisitions.

She was listed as one of the “50 Women to Watch – Specialist in their Field in Australia and New Zealand” – Australasian Lawyer 2015.

Sarah Brisbane:
Community Care Northern Beaches 

Sarah joined CCNB in June 2014 and leads CCNB’s Executive and Leadership Teams. She brings 25 years’ experience in strategy, change management, stakeholder relations, marketing/communication, professional services and risk management. Sarah leads CCNB’s transformation agenda – remaining strongly connected to the communities in which we operate, focused on our vision and purpose, but being more consumer-centric, contemporary, competitive, sustainable and ‘future proofed’.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Communication, Master of Arts in Communication Management and a diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She is a fellow of the AICD.

Michelle Newman: 
Aged & Community Services NSW & ACT

Michelle has worked in the human services sector for the past 25 years in a range of positions in local, state and federal government. Michelle has managed Home and Community Care (HACC) services in local government and has participated in many community Boards of Management.

Michelle has been working with ACS NSW & ACT for the past four years managing a number of projects aimed at improving the capacity of aged care service providers to prepare and position  themselves  for the broader reforms in both the aged and disability programs. 

Michelle has represented ACSA on a number of national projects and committees including the NACA Commonwealth Home Support Program Advisory Group, the Service Group 5 sub group and the CHSP Fees sub group. Michelle has recently been appointed to the new Home Care Reform Advisory Group.

Michelle works closely with the sector support workers and peaks across NSW and chairs the NSW Community Care Forum. Michelle is passionate about the provision of high quality services across the sector and the balance of regulation and compliance in a service system that is accessible, responsive and innovative.

Jenni Allan
Adssi Home Living

Jenni has over thirty years’ experience in the commercial and financial sectors with twenty of those years in the NFP sector, including roles as Finance Operations Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Adssi HomeLiving Australia (AHLA).  She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Commerce, Professional Accounting both from the University of New England. Jenni is focused on the future of AHLA; on maximising opportunities provided by the Government’s reform agenda to ensure the business’ ongoing viability and expansion, and is driven by her passion to make a difference to the daily lives of AHLA’s clients.

Michael Fine: BA (Hons), PhD (Sydney), FAAG.
Macquarie University

Michael Fine is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University, Sydney and was Head of the Department from 2008 to 2013. He is currently a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing, and of the NSW Carers Advisory Council and a Board Member of Northside Community Forum; Editorial Advisor and Board member for the Australasian Journal of Ageing and a number of other international journals.  

He is also Principal Investigator for an Australian Research Council (ARC) project, undertaken in collaboration with Macquarie University, University of Wollongong, ACSA (NSW) and a number of leading community care services, on the development of an Australian Community Care Outcomes Measure (ACCOM). In September 2015 he was an invited senior scholar for the University of Vienna’s research laboratory on Practices of Care.