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RACMA-BMJ Leader Roundtable on Leadership in social and aged care

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Thursday 26 November, 7pm AEDT

Leadership challenges and opportunities in social and aged care will be put under the spotlight by a panel of Australasian and UK experts.

The online Roundtable on Leadership Challenges and Opportunities in Social/Aged Care has been organised as part of the partnership between RACMA and the BMJ Leader.

The event brings together a mix of leaders and researchers who will combine their diverse perspectives to innovate and discuss ways of improving the delivery of care and leadership in the social and aged care sectors.

RACMA Fellow and Victorian Jurisdictional Chair Professor Erwin Loh, who is Group Chief Medical Officer St Vincent’s Health Australia, will deliver the introduction to the roundtable. Chaired by Professor Jane Banaszak-Holl, Monash University School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, the panel features: 

Panel biographies

Professor Jane Banaszak-Holl, Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM), Monash University; Post Graduate Course Coordinator and MHM/MHA Co-Course Coordinator, SPHPM.

A sociologist by training, my research examines how organisational factors such as culture, corporate ownership, and staff engagement impact health outcomes in residential care and I have worked on large-scale quality improvement projects.  Before coming to Monash, I was faculty at the University of Michigan, where my research was funded by the NIH and private U.S. foundations.  As faculty at Monash, I work with the NHMRC-funded dementia registry and developing service innovations for those with dementia.  My research has appeared in 65 peer review articles in top health services and gerontological journals and I am a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and have held past visiting positions at the University of Greenwich, University of Aberdeen, and Manchester Business School.  I served for over ten years on the board of a residential care non-profit, as the organisation grew community services from $40 to over 60 million USD annual expenditures.

Mr Lincoln Hopper, CEO St Vincent’s Care Services – the aged care division of St Vincent’s Health Australia. Lincoln’s 30 years in health and community services are well aligned to the objectives of his role. Coming to St Vincent’s from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland where he served as CEO for the prior seven years, Lincoln’s diverse career experience includes frontline social work, program management, policy and advocacy, fundraising, property development, and leadership. After moving into the community services sector in 1990, Lincoln became a youth worker for Mission Australia in Sydney’s red-light district of Kings Cross. He remained with Mission Australia for 21 years, serving people in need in a variety of roles, but particularly making significant inroads as a national executive. Lincoln’s more recent success includes spawning new specialist disability housing, being the inaugural recipient of the Westpac Community Leaders Award and most recently achieving zero COVID-19 cases amongst any of the 2,000 residents in the care of St Vincent’s.

Mr Tom Owen, Research/ Policy Manager Help the Aged Co-Director My Home Life England. Tom has been working with older people for 34 years as a campaigner, researcher and practitioner. He began his career working in care homes and as a community worker before taking a research position at Oxford University, and later working as an Independent research consultant and trainer. In 1999, Tom moved to Help the Aged (now AgeUK) where he took the role of Policy Research Manager,  managing all commissioned research and acting as policy spokesperson on issues around dying, social isolation, depression and the lived experience of older people. Tom Owen co-founded and co-directed My Home Life, an international programme (and social movement) promoting quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes. Tom is now Director of My Home Life England, based at City, University of London. Tom has presented papers at a range of UK and international conferences and has published a number of papers in academic and trade journals.

Professor Joseph Ibrahim, Head Health Law and Ageing Research Unit at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University; Director, Dignity of Risk Australia Pty Ltd. Joseph is a Professor at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, an Adjunct Professor at Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, and a practising senior consultant specialist in geriatric medicine. Joseph’s ongoing research is investigating approaches to reducing harm to older persons and has over 300 papers published including 160 articles in peer review journals. Joseph has been an expert witness for criminal and coroner courts cases and presented twice to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Joseph was recognized by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend’s “People Who Mattered 2019: Health”. Joseph is also a producer of three short films about ethical issues including the international awarding winning film Dignity of Risk. In 2020, Joseph’s influential Prof Joe Covid 19 Aged Care Podcast series with Dignity of Risk Australia was nominated twice in the Australian Podcast Awards.

Mr Steve Allen, Chief Executive Friends of the Elderly, UK. Steve joined Friends of the Elderly as Chief Executive in 2014. The English national charity operates care homes (residential, dementia and nursing), home care services, day care centres, and volunteer befriending services; and fundraises to match its own grant-giving service for older people in financial distress. He founded Prime Care Community Services, which provided award-winning social care services, through 1,000 employees, to adults and older people through the South of England. He is the immediate past Vice Chair of the UK Government-backed Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), formed to drive the economy of the south of England.  In this capacity Steve chaired the region’s Enterprise Zone and the national Digital Catapult Centre for VR/AR. A former Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Home Care Association, he sits on the Care Quality Commission’s Adult Social Care Co-Production Group and is a board member of the National Care Forum.


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