Upcoming Events

02 Aug 22

Caring for our aged care workforce

The aged care sector is experiencing severe staff shortages, with high levels of absenteeism, staff turnover and exiting, and challenges attracting new workers. Our aged care workforce is stressed and fatigued, with increased workloads and long hours: they feel undervalued and unsupported.

This session is a “call-to-action” – after listening to speakers from government, industry and academia, through hands-on workshop activities, participants will co-create practical and impactful solutions at multiple levels designed to (1) support and value our care workforce in their daily work; (2) attract and retain new staff; and (3) identify the specific policy actions needed to reimagine and transform the care workforce experience. The event will end with refreshments and networking while viewing an interactive digital exhibition on the care workforce at QUT’s The Sphere.

  • Understand the current aged care workforce situation from multiple perspectives
  • Explore the key underlying issues
  • Develop practical and impactful strategies to better care for our care workforce

Hear from our speakers:

David Hayward
Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and the Social Economy
RMIT University.

David Hayward is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and the Social Economy at RMIT University. He is a former Dean of Business (2004-2009) and Dean of Social Science (2004-2016. He is a life member of the Victorian Council of Social Service. His most recent publications are on the NDIS (Journal of Critical Social Policy), the Social Economy (published by VCOSS), and poverty in Australia (for VCOSS). He is a regular commentator on social and economic affairs for ABC radio and The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers.


Katrina Radford
Senior Lecturer
Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources
Griffith Business School, Griffith University

Dr Katrina Radford is a senior lecturer within Griffith Business School. She is passionate about managing an ageing population through the creation of new knowledge of how we address an ageing workforce, how we manage an aged care workforce and how we create new programs that address the needs of the elderly.


Asmita Manchha
PhD Candidate
University of Queensland

Asmita Manchha (BCom/BBusMan(Hons) is an PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research examines the stigma of working in aged care, attitudes towards aged care, and employee well-being, with a focus on individuals’ conceptualisations and lived experiences of stigmatised occupations.


Celeste Jahn Tripodi
Organisational Development Manager / Psychologist
LifeWorks Learning

Celeste wandered instinctively into the world of psychology with a genuine curiosity around how the mind works and how it influences our choices and behaviours, both individually and collectively. She is educated and experienced in specific ways to lift people up and help them realise their full potential, so that, wherever there are people, she can bring her expertise so that outcomes are advantageous. As a Public Trainer and Speaker, she is no stranger to presenting to large audiences and has reached thousands of professionals across Australia.


Marcus Riley
CEO Ballycara

In addition to his role as Executive Chairman of BallyCara, Marcus is a Past Chairman and current Director of the Global Ageing Network and sits on the governing committee for GAROP (Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People) and the UN’s Stakeholder Group on Ageing. He has a distinguished record of leadership roles with international, national and state-based organisations and in 2018 was awarded the Global Ageing Influencer award by Ageing Asia. He is also the chair of Australia's Aged Services Industry Reference Committee, has a Master’s of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a passionate advocate for positive ageing and for the interests of older people, accordingly he is the author of Booming - A Life Changing Philosophy on Ageing Well.

In collaboration with


Spaces are limited to 80 for this venue so
register early to avoid disappointment

Event Date & Time: Tuesday 2nd Aug 2:00pm to 5:30pm followed by drinks and nibbles till 7:00pm

Event Location: QUT - E Block - Kelvin Grove, QLD

Places Available: 80

This is a free event

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