th aag conference
Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend Re-imagining our future 02–04 November 2016 NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE

Keynote Speakers

The AAG Conference is the place to hear from leading experts in the area of ageing. In 2016, the program will include presentations and discussions led by respected researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners.

AAG 2016 Conference Keynote Speakers

AAG 2016 Gary Andrews Visiting Fellow

Paul Cann
Chief Executive, Age UK Oxfordshire

Paul Cann joined Age Concern (now Age UK) Oxfordshire as its Chief Executive in April 2009.  Age UK Oxfordshire works at grassroots level to help older people and their families live in comfort, with support and enjoying opportunities to live life to the full.  

Paul read English Literature at King’s College Cambridge, also holding a Choral Scholarship.  After teaching for five years, he joined the Civil Service where he held a range of postings at the Cabinet Office, including working as a Private Secretary to successive Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister for the Arts.  A subsequent  spell in the private sector included working for ‘The Independent’ newspaper.  He joined the charity world in 1992 as Director of the British Dyslexia Association and subsequently of the National Autistic Society.  He was a Trustee of the disability charity  Contact a Family for five years, a charity which supports carers and people with special needs or disabilities.  

From 2000 to his arrival at Age Concern Oxfordshire he was Director of Policy and External Relations at Help the Aged, where he had responsibility for research, policy, international strategy, media and external relations.  He brought together research and policy, and was particularly involved in Help the Aged’s work on pensioner poverty, social exclusion and care issues.  As Director with responsibility for international affairs, he helped to reshape the charity’s international programme and increased Help the Aged’s own profile and activity. From 2004-07 Paul held a Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Institute of Ageing.

In 2008 Paul was awarded the medal of the British Geriatrics Society for an outstanding contribution to the well-being of older people.  In 2009 he was appointed an Associate Fellow of the International Longevity Centre and also in that  year a Charter Member of the charity Independent Age.  He co-edited ‘Unequal Ageing (Policy Press, 2009), which examines in turn the injustice and inequalities experienced by older people in income, housing, health, and many other aspects of daily life.   Paul chairs the Public Policy Panel of the national charity Age UK.   He and Age UK Oxfordshire are founding members of the national Campaign to End Loneliness. He is a Board member of NDTi, an agency promoting social inclusion across all ages and stages. 

A keen singer and lover of the arts, and a Director of Creative Dementia Arts Network, (CDAN), Paul believes that “the arts” should be at the centre of our lives and public policy; taking part in the arts simulates, connects, fulfils us and  makes us happy.  The charity’s project  www.ageofcreativity.co.uk aims to promote and celebrate arts activities of all kinds and their value to older people across the UK and beyond, and the charity’s new musical commission ‘The Voyage’ (www.thevoyageproject.co.uk) brings young and older people together for a world premiere in Oxford in March 2016, exploring the journey through life and loneliness we experience. 

AAG 2016 David Wallace Address

Associate Professor Paul Dugdale
Director of Chronic Disease Management, Aged Care & Rehabilitation Services, ACT Health

Paul Dugdale is the Director of Chronic Disease Management, Aged Care & Rehabilitation Services, ACT Health (Senior Staff Specialist); and is Associate Professor of Public Health in the ANU Medical School.

From 2000-2007, he was the ACT Chief Health Officer and Executive Director of the Population Health Division of ACT Health. He has previously worked in the Health Financing Division of the Commonwealth Department of Health, Health Service Planning in NSW Health, was Medical Superintendent at Liverpool Hospital ( Sydney ) and was private secretary to the Commonwealth Minister for Health Neal Blewett.

He is the founding member of then Australian Health Protection Committee from 2006-2007 and a member of the National Health & Medical Research Council from 2002-2007 and the Australian Council for Safety & Quality in Health Care from 2002-2005. 

Professor Ann Netten
Professor of Social Welfare, University of Kent

Ann Netten is professor of Social Welfare at the University of Kent. Until March 2013 she was Director of the Department of Health funded policy research unit in Quality and Outcomes of person centred care (QORU) and of the Kent branch of the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU). She was a founding member of the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR), and is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Her research interests include the measurement of outcome, costs and quality in social care, housing and care of older people and economic evaluation of social welfare interventions, including criminal justice. She is a trustee for the Elderly Accommodation Counsel.

National Finalist Senior Australian of the Year 2016

Professor Greg Tegart AM FTSE
Scientist and technology advocate

At 86 years of age, Professor Greg Tegart is a leading advocate for smart assistive technologies that give aged and disabled people independence and a better quality of life. Greg’s distinguished career spans research in metallurgy and materials, and high level executive and policy positions in industry, the CSIRO and the federal government.

The extent of Greg’s contribution to Australian science and technology policy over four decades is substantial. He led Australia’s initial participation in climate change assessment through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was recognised for his contribution to the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC. He has been a leader in studies linking technology to the future of society.

In recent years, Greg’s world-leading work to promote smart assistive technologies for aged and disability care has enabled many Australians to lead more empowered and independent lives. Greg provides a real-world example of the contribution that older people can make to the Australian community.

2016 ACT Senior Woman of the Year

Krishna Sadhana

Over the years, Krishna has voluntarily organised numerous social events for women in the community, including the annual Fruit Tingles Women’s Dance as a part of SpringOUT Pride Festival.

Krishna is a retired social worker who uses her many skills to support women who have experienced sudden death, domestic violence, mental illness and other traumas. She freely gives her time to support women and assist them to gain confidence and reach their potential.

Krishna’s constant desire for women to feel connected, cared for and supported is a driving force. She is a dedicated and passionate advocate who always remains humble.

Hon Mark Butler MP
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy   
Author of Advanced Australia

Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide in the federal parliament since 2007 and served as Minister for Ageing in the Gillard government. He has also held the ministries of Mental Health, Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment. 

Mark is currently the Labor Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and the National President of the Australian Labor Party.

In 2013 Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International Award for Outstanding Global Contribution to the Fight against Dementia. 

Before entering Parliament, Mark worked for 15 years in the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) including 11 years as State Secretary and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to trade unionism.  In 1997, Mark was elected President of the ALP in South Australia, and has been a Member of the ALP National Executive and National Executive Committee since 2000.

Mark holds a First Class Honours Law degree, an Arts degree and a Masters degree in International Relations. He lives in Woodville Park with his wife and two children, and is a keen supporter of AFL team, Port Power.

Professor Kaarin Anstey
Professor and Director, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing,
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Kaarin J. Anstey is a Professor of Psychology and Population Health at the Australian National University. She is Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, and the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Early Diagnosis and Prevention.  

Her substantive research interests focus on the prevention of cognitive decline, cognitive impairment and dementia. Prof Anstey has worked extensively with longitudinal studies and leads the PATH Through Life study, a 16-year population-based study of three cohorts, including over 7000 adults, spanning early to late adulthood.

Prof Anstey is also involved in several non-pharmacological interventions to prevent cognitive decline and reduce risk of dementia and conducts research to improve driving safety in older adults. Her team has developed screening tools for older drivers and is currently trialling interventions to improve driving skills on and off-road.  

Prof Anstey is a Director of the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation, a Member of the AARP Global Council on Brain Health, and a Panel Member of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Institute for Dementia Research.

Dr John Piggott
Scientia Professor, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), Director, Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research (AIPAR)

John Piggott is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), and of the Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where he is Scientia Professor of Economics and also holds an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship. In 2014, he was re-elected as a member of the University's Council.

Dr Piggott has a long standing interest in retirement and pension economics and finance. His publications include more than 100 journal articles and chapters in books. He has also co-authored two books, both published by Cambridge University Press. He serves as book review editor of the Cambridge journal, the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Economics of Aging, and has recently been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Retirement.

His Australian policy experience includes membership of both the Henry Tax Review Panel and the Ministerial Superannuation Advisory Committee. Internationally, he worked for nearly a decade with the Japanese Government on pension and ageing issues, and in 2004 was tasked with evaluating World Bank assistance on pension reform in the Asian region for the Bank's Operations Evaluation Department. He has been a consultant to several foreign governments on pension issues, including Russia and Indonesia. In 2007 he was appointed Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University, China, and from 2008-2010 was Visiting Scholar with the Department of Insurance and Risk Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr David Knox
Senior Partner, Senior Actuary

Dr David Knox completed his doctorate in 1983 and stayed at Macquarie University until 1992. From there he returned to his birthplace as a professor, setting up an actuarial program at Melbourne University, which he oversaw until 1999. He then moved from academic life to the commercial side, joining PWC and later Mercer.

Dr Knox, the national leader of Mercer’s research practice, has enjoyed an extensive career across the financial services and academic sectors including roles as Foundation Professor of Actuarial Studies and Director of the Centre of Actuarial Studies at the University of Melbourne; independent Board member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (1998 to 2003); and President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (2000). Dr Knox joined Mercer in 2005 after 5 years at PWC and previously spending almost 2 decades in academia

Nicolette Rubinsztein
Author & Non-executive director at UniSuper
SuperEd and the Actuaries Institute

Nicolette is a non-executive director at UniSuper, SuperEd and the Actuaries Institute. She is an experienced senior executive in the wealth management industry, having held three General Manager roles at CBA/ Colonial First State as well as senior positions at BT Funds Management and Towers Perrin prior to that.

She was a director of ASFA for eight years and chair of its Super System Design Council. 

Nicolette is a qualified actuary, holds an executive MBA from the AGSM and is a graduate of AICD.

For her work in superannuation policy, Nicolette was awarded an ASFA Distinguished Service Award and an inaugural Financial Services Council Industry Excellence Award. She is a UNSW Alumni Leader and is a member of Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics Industry Advisory Board.

She is author of the book “Not Guilty”, a guide for career mums. In 2014 she was named one of the top 10 "most powerful part-timers". She is married to Jonathan Rubinsztein and they have three daughters.

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care

Ken Wyatt was elected in 2010 as the Federal Member for Hasluck, making history as the first Indigenous Member of the House of Representatives. 

Before entering politics Ken worked in community roles in the fields of Health and Education including the Director of Aboriginal Health in New South Wales and Western Australia.

In 1996 Ken was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Later, in 2000, Ken was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for ‘his efforts and contribution to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and mainstream Australian society in education and health.’

In 2015 Ken again made history as the first Indigenous member of the Federal Executive after being sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Health and in 2016 as Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care. Ken is responsible for Aged Care service delivery and implementation, as well as for Dementia.

Lynda O’Grady
Chairman of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA)

Ms Lynda O’Grady is the Chairman of the Aged Care Financing Authority, a statutory committee established to provide independent advice to government on funding and financing issues in aged care. 

She is also a non-executive director of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited and member of the Advisory Board of Jamieson Coote Bonds. 

Until the creation of the Australian Digital Health Agency effective July 2016, she served as independent director of National Electronic Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) for six years. 

Ms O’Grady previously held senior roles at Executive/Managing Director level at Telstra, including as Chief of Product. Prior to this, Ms O’Grady was Commercial Director of Australian Consolidated Press, the publishing subsidiary of PBL and General Manager of Alcatel Australia. 

She has previously served on the Council of Bond University, Boards of Screen Queensland and TAB Queensland and on the IT&T Board of Advisors to the New South Wales Treasurer. 

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree gained at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.