LASA WA State Conference & Exhibition 2014

Event Date: 
15 June 2014 to 17 June 2014
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges


Prepare today. Own Tomorrow.

On behalf of Leading Age Services Australia – Western Australia, we invite you to attend the Inaugural LASA WA Conference & Exhibition being held Sunday 15 - Tuesday 17 June 2014 at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges.

Over three days, under the theme Prepare Today. Own Tomorrow, we will explore areas of critical importance to the industry such as the effects of the Living Longer - Living Better aged care reform package, preparing for Consumer Directed Care, and the impacts of accommodation pricing. We will also explore the challenges of achieving social change and the perception of ageing; combining the latest in research and innovation.

The LASA WA Conference offers attendees a comprehensive 2.5 day program, an exciting social program and a trade exhibition showcasing the latest products, services and industry innovations.


Mark Donaldson - Keynote Speaker
Mark Donaldson was awarded the VC in 2009. He is the first Australian to receive this honour since 1969. He was also the Young Australian of the Year in 2010. He is still a serving member of the SAS. On 2 September 2008, in a valley in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life. His display of extraordinary courage that day saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery in wartime since Keith Payne in 1969. He was a rebellious child and teenager, even before the death of his father - a Vietnam veteran - when Mark and his brother were in their mid-teens. A few years later, their mother disappeared, presumed murdered. Her body has never been found. Mark's decisions could have easily led him down another path, to a life of self-destructiveness and petty crime. But he chose a different road: the army. It proved to be his salvation and he found himself a natural soldier, progressing unerringly to the SAS, the peak of the Australian military. From his turbulent early years to the stark realities of combat in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan, Mark's book is the frank and compelling story of a man who turned his life around by sheer determination and strength of mind.

Carmen Lawrence - Keynote Speaker
Carmen Lawrence is a veteran of both State and Federal politics as former Premier of Western Australia and Federal Health Minister. Carmen is now a Professorial Fellow and Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Her knowledge of and participation in social change is considerable and invaluable to our industry.


Other speakers include:
Richard Grayson, ANZ Healthcare 
Cam Ansell, Ansell Strategic
Gabriele Taylor, Feros Care
Jason Burton, Alzheimer's Australia
David Lyle & Chris How, Bethanie
Henry Cutler, KPMG
Ross Johnston, Regis Aged Care
Laurie Burns, Brightwater Care Group
Barbara Horner, Curtin University
Orla Hill, Silver Chain Group
Stephen Besci, Pulse Australasia
Graeme Prior, Hall & Prior



Leading Age Services Australia
02 6230 1676
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