Shaping our Future - Respite and Community Care Conference 2014

Shaping our Future - Respite and Community Care Conference 2014


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please refer to the program links below



Conference Speakers

 Mr Bruce Bonyhady, Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency

Mr Bruce Bonyhady is a passionate advocate of the NDIS and we are very excited to welcome him to the Shaping Our Futures Conference.  Mr Bonyhady was formerly the President of Philanthropy Australia and the Convenor of the Independent Panel appointed to advise the Productivity Commission and Government during the Inquiry into long-term care and support for Australians with disability. He is a Member of the Disability Investment Group and the Reference Group for the Pension Review. He was Deputy Chair of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Advisory Group to the Council of Australian Governments and former Chairman of Yooralla.

He is the father of three adult sons, two of whom have disabilities. Mr Bonyhady was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to people with disabilities, their families and carers and to the community.

Libby Mears, CEO Leisure Network, Victoria
Libby Mears works as CEO for Leisure Networks in the Barwon trial site. She comes from an extensive background in local and state government policy, program and service development. Leisure Networks is going through significant growth and expansion due to the commencement of the NDIS. With the NDIS bringing challenges and exciting opportunities, Libby and her team are working together to ensure that clients have full control over determining their supports and how they would like them delivered. Leisure Networks is committed to delivering flexible, high quality and innovative supports.

Tony Nicholson, Executive Director Brotherhood of Saint Lawrence

Tony Nicholson, BA, BSW, has dedicated over thirty years to improving conditions of those living on or close to the edges of society. A feature of his work has been his ability to collaborate with colleague social justice organisations, governments and businesses to achieve social reform in public policy and service delivery to the benefit of disadvantaged Australians.


Hilary O'Connell, Manager Innovation & Development, CommunityWest

Hilary O’Connell is a well-established Occupational Therapist who has 30 years of broad expertise both in Australia and internationally in the areas of disability, aged care and community services. Her passion rests with enabling/wellness focused service models in community care. Hilary leads and directs the innovation and development activities of CommunityWest and has recently supported the organisation in developing expertise in the field of consumer directed care.

Since 2012 Hilary has been an active participant in a number of Australian Government Aged Care Reform Advisory Groups including the Aged Care Gateway/Assessment Framework and enabling/wellness approaches in the Commonwealth Home Support program.

Tara Cantwell, Consultant and Trainer, Helen Sanderson Associates

Tara Cantwell is an energetic consultant and trainer with Helen Sanderson Associates Australia (HSA) – an international organisation that works with people to change their lives, organisations and communities through person centred thinking and planning.  Beginning with the person centred thinking course 5 ½ years ago, Tara now enjoys supporting her community with person centred supervision, risk training, team management and much more.  She has extensive experience in supporting culture change in organizations with particular passion in developing person centred teams and supporting volunteers. 

Before HSA, Tara also worked extensively in respite-based services supporting people with a disability, and worked in local council assisting people in aged care.

Dr Karen Jones, Senior Research Fellow, University of Kent
Dr Karen Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, England. Dr Jones has been involved in a number of evaluations that have explored the effectiveness and costs of personal budgets in both social and health care, which sit at the heart of the personalisation agenda in England.

Karen managed the evaluation of the personal health budget pilot programme, which followed being a quantitative analyst during a social care evaluation that explored the effectiveness of individual (personal) budgets. A key objective for both evaluations was to identify whether personal budgets improved outcomes from the system for care recipients and carers by giving greater choice and control over the type of services they accessed, including the purchase of respite services.

Ara Cresswell, CEO Carers Australia
Ms Cresswell was appointed as the CEO of Carers Australia in September 2011 and has a lengthy history as an executive in the not-for-profit sector both at the local and national levels. Before joining Carers Australia Ms Cresswell held senior positions at Reconciliation Australia, the ACT Council of Social Service and the Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations (now Homelessness Australia).
Ms Cresswell has served on a broad range of boards, committees and advisory groups in the sector including two terms as a Commissioner with the ACT Legal Aid Commission, as a member of the Gambling and Racing Commission Advisory Committee, member of the Australian Federal Police Consultative Board,  member of the Australian Bankers Association Community consultative group, as an elected member of the Australian Council of Service Board, and as member of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness.
Professor Kelley Johnson, Director Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Professor Kelley Johnson  is currently Director of the Social Policy Research Centre UNSW.  Prior to taking up this position she was Professor of Disability: Policy and Practice and is Director of the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol in the UK. She is an internationally known scholar who has undertaken research with disabled people in Australia and internationally for more than 15 years. 

Her work has included a Marie Curie Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin where she co-ordinated a national programme of inclusive research with people with intellectual disabilities, and visiting professorships in Croatia and Iceland. She has a particular interest in deinstitutionalisation, in how disabled people can lead good lives in the community and sexuality and relationships.  Her most recent books are Johnson, K. and Walmsley, J. (2010)  People with intellectual disabilities:  Towards a good life? (Bristol:  Policy Press)  and Johnson, K. and Traustadottir, R. (2005)  Deinstitutionalization and people with intellectual disabilities.  In and out of institutions. (London: Jessica Kingsley)

Glenn Rees, CEO, Alzheimer's Australia

Glenn Rees has worked at senior levels in the British and Australian Public Services. In Britain he worked as Private Secretary to senior Ministers, in the Cabinet Office and in Economic Departments. In Australia since 1976 he has worked in program and policy areas including Prime Minister and Cabinet, Employment and Training, Aged Care, Disabilities, Housing and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. He was Chair of the Nursing Homes and Hostels Review in 1986 and was involved in implementing the first wave of aged care reforms.

He has been CEO of Alzheimer's Australia since 2000 and will be stepping down in 2015. During his time as CEO the Dementia Initiative was implemented in 2005 and important commitments made to tackle dementia in the 2012 Aged Care reforms. Dementia is now a National Health Priority Area. He is an active member of the National Aged Care Alliance and is a member of the new Aged Care Sector Committee. He is Chair Elect of Alzheimer’s Disease International.
Karen Wilson, Branch Manager, Disability and Carers Policy Branch, DSS

Karen Wilson is currently the Branch Manager for Disability and Carer Policy in the Department of Social Services. In this role, Karen oversees the National Disability Agreement with states and territories, the National Disability Strategy, the carer policy, and national disability and carer peaks and awards.
Karen has worked at the Australian Public Service Commission, providing advice on the public sector employment framework, Values and Code of Conduct, and supporting public sector reforms in other countries. Karen has also worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the social policy area, including work on the COAG early childhood, housing and mental health agendas. Her prior experience in the Department of Families and Community Services included establishing the Household, Income and Labour in Australia survey, the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children, and the Longitudinal Survey of Indigenous Children.

Paul Sadler, CEO, Presbyterian Aged Care, NSW and ACT

Paul Sadler is the Chief Executive Officer of Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT.  Presbyterian Aged Care serves over 1,700 older people through residential aged care, community care and retirement housing across metropolitan and regional areas of NSW and ACT. 

Previously, Paul was CEO of the Aged & Community Services Association of NSW & ACT, the peak body representing not-for-profit aged and community care service providers.  He also held various positions on ageing and disability issues in the NSW Government, including Manager of HACC (Home and Community Care) and Ageing Programs, and worked as a social worker with frail older people, people with disabilities and their carers.

Cain Beckett, Disability Council NSW and PWC Director

Cain Beckett was born with Cerebral Palsy and is a passionate advocate for removing barriers for people with disability.

He has been the non-executive Director of Cerebral Palsy, Alliance (CPA) formerly the Spastic Centre of NSW, since 2003. Until joining the Council, he also Chaired the Alliance’s NHMRC affiliated Human Research Ethics Committee.

Cain is engaged in a full time role as Director with Pricewaterhouse Coopers since October 2013, having worked earlier with Perpetual, as part of the senior leadership team responsible for the Corporate Trust Division from 2007.

Prior to this, he worked for 10 year as a successful management and technology consultant in Australia, USA and Euripe including working on projects for the Australian Government. Cain is a former Australian archery representative and lives in Sydney with his wife Sara and two daughters.

Josh Fear, Director, Policy and Projects, Mental Health Australia

Josh Fear is Director of Policy and Projects at the Mental Health Australia. Josh is leading Mental Health Australia’s work to build the capacity of the mental health sector to engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and to ensure that the design and implementation of the NDIS adequately addresses the needs of people with psychosocial disability associated with mental illness, and their carers.

Prior to joining Mental Health Australia he worked for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (as Social Research Manager) and the Australia Institute (as Deputy Director).   Josh has a background in social research and evaluation, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Master of Policy Studies from the University of New South Wales.

Cheryl Pollard, CEO, DUO Services
Cheryl Pollard is the Chief Executive of DUO Services Australia Ltd. Her previous role was overseeing the amalgamation of Tandem Respite Inc and Home Help Service ACT in July 2013, to create one of the leading primary providers of disability and community support services in the ACT.
Cheryl’s role has presented many exciting opportunities to strengthen and focus an organisation committed to the values of people, disability services and community development. She is ready to lead the new entity through significant changes in the sector expected with the National Insurance Disability Scheme and aged care reforms.
Cheryl’s qualifications in Business Management and Disability have led to numerous roles on ACT working groups in relation to the community sector and disability. She has previously served as a member of the ACT Government’s Children and Youth Services Council, and is currently Secretary of ACTCOSS, Chair of NDS ACT, and a Member of NDS National Children’s Committee and the Board of the National Respite Association.

Lucelle Veneros, State Manager NSW and ACT Offices, DSS
Lucelle Veneros is the state manager for the NSW and ACT Office of the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.  The Department aspires to be the Australia Government’s leading agency for social policy, with a mission to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.  The NSW and ACT Office has responsibility for working with local stakeholders to ensure that services provided through departmental programmes are responding to need across people’s lives, encouraging independence and participation, and supporting a cohesive society. 
Prior to her current appointment, Lucelle headed the national Aged Care Complaints Branch, for the then Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing where she was responsible for leading the aged care complaint reforms arising from the review of the Scheme by Associate Professor Walton.
Lucelle joined the Department in 2009, following a 17-year career with both the New South Wales and Western Australian state health services. She has worked on a range of issues including: data and information management; safety and quality aspects of health care; aged care; health service policy; and state-wide service delivery.

Gemma Willis, Community Services Manager, Alzheimer's QLD

Gemma Wills is the Community Services Manager at the Garden City Multi Service Centre, a respite centre for people with dementia located in Brisbane.  The Multi Service Centre offers centre-based day and overnight respite and operates twenty four hours per day, seven days per week. 

The aim of respite for the carer is to provide carers with support, assistance, information and time-off so they can continue to provide optimal care for their loved one.  The aim of respite for the person with dementia is to provide a safe and secure environment whereby the individual can maintain their dignity and valued social roles, practice independence, access opportunities for social interaction and continue to grow and develop personally and emotionally. 

In addition to managing the Multi Service Centre, Gemma also practices as a Speech Pathologist specialising in geriatric cognitive communication and swallowing disorders.  She established this department within Alzheimer’s Queensland which currently services a range of residential facilities, respite centres, as well as, private community clients.

Robyn Kazcmarek, Director, Cooperative Home Care

Co-operative Home Care is Robyn Kazcmarek's brainchild, it is in fact, her reaction to having been poorly treated as a care worker in an agency. The CHC business model provides for a motivated and cohesive work force which is elegantly managed. 
Robyn is highly committed to community care and improving the conditions of work for carers in order to promote first class quality care into the community they serve.  She brings great energy to the organisation approaching all tasks and people with integrity, compassion and humanity. Robyn strives to break the vicious cycle of poor work conditions for carers which effectively leaves the mistreated to care for the vulnerable. CHC care crews work diligently to support their enterprise, each other and provide consistent quality care to those whom they serve.
In uncertain times, co-operatives have a history of flourishing. They are intrinsically stable organisations with inherently holistic business DNA. Robyn recently represented CHC in Canberra, speaking  at Parliament House about the work she is doing in caring for carers to provide better care to community. 

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