Highlights: 2018 ACSA National Summit

This week’s 2018 ACSA National Summit, the pre-eminent event in Australia’s aged care calendar, saw over 1,000 registrants, about 150 speakers and 90 booth exhibitors attend and wholeheartedly participate in the well-received conference.

06 Sep 2018

Ably MC’d by award winning journalist and social commentator Jane Caro, highlights included the opening address by ACSA Chair Sara Blunt on the “Current and Future state of play in the aged care sector”; the Parliamentary Panel Session; New & Advancing Technologies in Aged Care with Psykinetic Founder Dr Jordan Nguyen; Prof John Pollaers, former Chair Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce on “What’s Next for the Aged Care Workforce?; and, Sir David Behan, former CE UK Quality and Safety Commission on “The UK Experience of the Safety and Quality Commission” and what that means for us the new Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission commencing 1 January 2019.



Sara Blunt outlined the challenges for the industry and what ACSA is actively doing to tackle them. She concluded by saying: “The NFP for purpose sector is the longā€term solution to ensure greater equality because we will continue to reinvest our funds to provide long term services people need and want.”

The range of speakers and topics was outstanding, from predicting trends, to reforms and funding changes and challenges, identifying what customers want and need, governance, R&R issues, wellness and reablement for home care and CHSP providers, retirement living, housing and homelessness, aged care regulation and the new quality standards, a debate with the unions on legislated ratios, end of life care, the use of technology, diversity and wellbeing, dementia care, employee relations issues, and, food and the dining experience in aged care. The final session looked at the Future of Aged Care.

The ACSA National Award winners were also announced and all nominees and winners are congratulated on the contribution they make to the aged care industry. ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow said the industry takes great pride in their achievements and each of their remarkable stories of care-giving that go ‘above and beyond’ to inspire others. ACSA’s National Awards are recognition at the highest level for work in the community that makes a real difference in people’s lives.  See the full list of winners here

Other highlights included the social functions. The Ignition Dinner on the Monday night quickly morphed from a Quiz night to a karaoke event – with several - normally reserved - members, getting up and demonstrating their singing prowess! However, the Summit Gala Dinner on Tuesday night at The Star Events Centre was sensational, with the theme being Cirque Du Soleil with stilt walkers, jugglers and acrobats entertaining the guests. The guests quickly hit that dance floor with favourites from the amazing HYPE.

The 2019 ACSA National Summit will be held in Melbourne, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 8-10 October 2019. Put this date in your diary now!