Katie Smith Sloan
Executive Director, the Global Ageing Network
Katrinka (Katie) Smith Sloan is the Executive Director of The Global Ageing Network, an international community of individuals and organisations committed to quality of life for people as they age.
Ms Sloan has over 30 years’ experience working on ageing issues, including serving as President & CEO of LeadingAge, a US-based national organisation representing not-for-profit community based organisations providing services to people as they age. Katie is committed to the consumer movement, and serves as secretary-treasurer of the Consumer Federation of America and a member of the Board of the Center for the Study of Services/Consumer Checkbook. She also serves on the Board of Directors of ValueFirst, a group purchasing company serving the ageing services field.
CEO, Aged Care Workforce Industry Council
Louise has over 18 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service, holding positions across health, disability and communications portfolios.
Louise started her career as a registered nurse and brings a pragmatic reform-focused vision for aged care. She has a strong understanding of the dedication of so many aged care workers and is committed to providing the workforce with the recognition and opportunities it so deserves.
The care needs of older Australians is an important issue for Louise. Like many people, as a child Louise spent countless hours with her grandmother in a residential aged care facility. As a registered nurse she worked mostly in acute care but regularly took agency shifts overnight in aged care facilities where she was usually the only RN. These experiences gave effect to her passion to improve support and care services to older Australians through workforce reform.
During her earlier years in the Department of Health, Louise was responsible for reviewing aspects of the end-to-end aged care system to inform future government policy. She played an integral role in designing and delivering the Living Longer Living Better reforms of 2012 including the Addressing Workforce Pressures measure. She led change management across aged care reforms, including internal and external stakeholder engagement. Later she continued her senior executive career in leading National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) negotiations on mainstream interface issues, including health and mental health.
With her experience and further qualifications in a Communications degree and an Executive Masters in Public Administration, Louise is well equipped and very proud to be the inaugural CEO of the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council.
Prof Laurie Buys
Director - Healthy Ageing Initiative, UQ
Laurie Buys, PhD is Director of the Healthy Ageing Initiative at the University of Queensland and Professor in Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty.
She has a long history as a Social Gerontologist and was the Foundation Director of Senior Living Innovation at QUT – an industry research collaboration whose aim is to optimise the lifestyles of future seniors by identifying innovative approaches to designing for future housing, products and services.
Her research directly explores the understanding of, and accountability for, the real effects felt by people resulting from changes in their physical, social and cultural life.
Professor Buys was National President of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), is an AAG Fellow and an AAG Distinguished Member.
Dr George Margellis
Independent chair - Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council
Dr. George Margelis is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. Originally trained as an optometrist, he started tinkering with computers in 1981 when he bought his first PC, a Sinclair ZX80 before going back to medical school to complete his training at the University of Sydney.
He was Chief Information Officer of a private hospital group as well as managing an innovative software development team that produced a personal health record for Australians 10 years before the PCEHR. He joined Intel in 2005, and then Intel-GE Innovations as they tried to radically transform healthcare and has some amusing stories he can share about that time.
In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the Telehealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL) and is also currently a member of Ignition Labs a start-up incubator in the health space as well as a number of advisory roles. In 2014 he was appointed to Aged Care Hall of Fame for his work in the use of technology in aged care. He is a board member of Multicultural Care, an aged care provider in Sydney, and also acts as their medical adviser.
Prof Denise Jepsen
Professor (BPsych(Hons), MOrgPsych, Ph.D., PGCertHE, MAPS, FAHRI, FCOP, Org Psychologist)
Denise is an organisational psychologist and academic at Macquarie University where she is Chair of the Macquarie Ageing and Aged Care Researchers Network.
Denise’s research focuses on career orientations, individuals’ career perceptions, and strategic organisational behaviour and human resources issues. She has a focus on the aged care sector where she has a particular interest in attraction, retention, and careers of home and residential aged care employees.
Prior to academia, Professor Jepsen operated a consulting business partnering with several multinational firms. An international award-winning author and presenter, Professor Jepsen brings many years in the aged care sector and sound knowledge of culture and people drivers for change and success coupled with a large forward thinking peer network from across the globe.
Denise previously judged awards in the hospitality sector and human resources profession.
Prof Richard Fleming B.Tech (Hons), Dip.Clin.Psy., PhD.
Trained as a clinical psychologist in London. In the 1980’s he played a major role in the deinstitutionalisation of psychiatric services by leading the design and development of the units for the Confused and Disturbed Elderly (CADE units) for the NSW Department of Health.
He established the HammondCare Dementia Services Development Centre in 1995 and in 2010 he was appointed as a Professorial Fellow in the University of Wollongong. In 2016 he took on the leadership of the Dementia Training Australia consortium of five universities and Dementia Australia which is responsible for the Australia wide delivery of Federally funded dementia training. He retired from that position in 2019. He continues to be involved in the supervision of post-graduate students, research and consultancy as an Honorary Professorial Fellow in University of Wollongong
He has published on environmental design, reminiscence therapy, reality orientation, depression, assessment of the elderly and service evaluation and is the principal author of books on care planning for people with dementia, environmental design and a comparison between Australian and Japanese dementia care. He was the lead author of the Alzheimer Disease International World Alzheimers Report 2020 – “Design, Dignity, Dementia: dementia-related design and the built environment”.