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DAY 1 – Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Time Speakers
8:00am Exhibition space open
8:45am-8:55am Welcome to country Major Moogy Sumner
8:55am- 9:05am Conference welcome Raymond Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board of South Australia
9:05am-  9:15am Opening address Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia
9:15am-9:45am Demographics of disruption – What are the demographics behind the longevity revolution?  What is the impact on the global market? Bernard Salt, Managing Director, The Demographics Group
9:45am-10:15am Keynote address:

Getting ready for the era of cognitive health: see discovery where others see questions

Dr Terry Sweeney, IBM Watson Health Leader, Asia, Greater China Group & Japan
10:15am- 10:45am Break
10:45am- 11:15am The future of eldercare: Innovations that transform the way that seniors age in place Susann Keohane, Global Research Leader, Strategic Initiative on Ageing and Master Inventor, IBM Research
11:15am- 12:15pm Panel session: New frontiers in healthcare – innovations in medical devices and independent living Facilitator: Dr Hugh Bradlow, President, ATSE


  • Prof Karen Reynolds, Director, The Medical Device Research Institute, Flinders University
  • David Roberts, Health Leader, Oceania, Ernst & Young
  • Prof Stuart Smith, Business Development Coordinator, Southern Cross University
  • Mark Balnaves, Chairman of MedDev Alliance Board and Executive Chairman of Austofix Group
  • Dr Vincent McCauley, Chief Medical Information Officer at Telstra Health
12:15pm- 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm- 2:15pm Panel session: The role of the living laboratory – co-design to improved product development and consumer engagement Facilitator: Julianne Parkinson, Office of the Economic Development Board


  • Prof Sonja Pedell, Director of Swinburne’s Future Self and Design Living Lab
  • Susann Keohane, Global Ageing Leader & Master Inventor, IBM
  • Tuija Hirvikoski, President, European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL)
2:15pm- 3:15pm Breakout sessions:

Breakout 1 – Are driverless vehicles a mobility option for ageing well and continuing independence?

Facilitator: Dr Hugh Bradlow, President, The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)


  • Dr Richard Fairchild, Director of Autonomous Mobility Programmes, RDM Group
  • Prof Rocco Zito, Head of Civil Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University
  • Rita Excell, Executive Director at Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative
  • Sara Blunt, CEO, Kalyra Communities
Breakout 2 – Focus on food for ageing well

Facilitator: Dr Fiona Kerr, Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist, University of Adelaide


  • Simon Bryant, Chef; Festival Director Tasting Australia 2018
  • Tom Lunn, Group General Manager Marketing and Innovation, Detmold Group
  • Olivia DiSisto, General Manager – Health and Nutrition, Beston Global Food Company
3:15pm-3:45pm Break
3:45pm- 4:15pm The education revolution – life-long learning in response intersection to the impact of the fourth industrial revolution and the longevity revolution Dr Alex Kalache, Co-President, International Longevity Centre (ILC); Global Alliance President, International Longevity Centre-Brazil
4:15pm-4:55pm Marketing to the new generation of ageing well Interactive, high energy panel facilitated by Peter Berner, featuring Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan from the Impossible Institute
4:55pm- 5:00pm Day 1 wrap up


Peter Berner, Master of Ceremonies
5:00pm-5:15pm First day observations and invitation for networking drinks Raymond Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board
 5:15pm-6:45pm Networking reception Adelaide Convention Centre – River Bank Terrace

* the program is subject to change.

DAY 2 – Thursday, 23 November 2017

Time Speakers
8:00am Exhibition space open
8:45am- 8:50am Welcome to Day 2 program Peter Berner, Master of Ceremonies
8:50am- 9:20am Multi-generation workforces – how does industry manage the transition for an older workforce?  How does the individual manage life-long learning and career transitions? Alison Monroe, National Director, Australia & New Zealand, Sageco
9:20am-9:40am In conversation with Hazel McCallion – a life with purpose Julianne Parkinson, Executive Director, Office of the Economic Development Board interview with Hazel McCallion, former Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario and Chancellor of Sheridan College
9:40am- 10:10am Technology meets neuroscience – a vision of the future of brain health Dr Adam Gazzaley, University of California, San Francisco and Founder, Akili Interactive
10:10am- 10:50am Spotlight on innovation

Introduction to Premier’s Ageing Well Innovation Challenge winners

Prof Jana Matthews, ANZ Chair in Business Growth and Director: Australian Centre for Business Growth, University of South Australia

Ageing Well Innovation Challenge winners:

  • Ubercare
  • Add-Life Technology
  • Innovo Healthcare
  • My Platinum Power
10:50am- 11:20am Break
11:20am- 11:50am Purposeful living – the latest scientific evidence on quality of life and longevity and transitions to retirement. Dr Vic Strecher, University of Michigan
11:50am- 12:20pm For purpose and for profit

  • the intersection of social and business innovation and taking it to scale
  • social innovation case studies
Carolyn Curtis, Chief Executive Officer of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
12:20pm- 12:50pm Panel session: Harnessing people power – case studies for workforce participation and volunteering opportunities for the flexible life stage Facilitator: Jane Mussared, Chief Executive, Council of the Ageing South Australia


  • David Kelly, Project Lead, Ageing, Youth and Communities, SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre
  • Tony Young, Founder, STEM Resources Connect
  • Dr Mike Rungie, Economic Development Board
12:50pm- 1:50pm Lunch
1:50pm- 2:45pm Panel session: Future directions for aged care models – challenges, opportunities and new horizons Facilitator: Shara Evans, Technology Futurist and CEO, Market Clarity


  • Prof Justin Beilby, Vice Chancellor, Torrens University
  • Prof Andrew Beer, Dean, Research and Innovation, University of South Australia Business School
  • Chris McGowan, Chief Executive Officer, Silver Chain Group
  • Shalain Singh, Head of Healthcare & Retirement Living, Colliers International
2:45pm- 3:30pm Panel session: Big data: Inside and out – how can insights from big data analytics lead to opportunities to improve medical diagnoses, promote ageing in place and reduce healthcare costs? Facilitator: Phillipa Lewis, Principal, Elementum


  • Dr Terry Sweeney, IBM Watson Health
  • Prof Anton van den Hengel, Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide
  • Shara Evans, Technology Futurist and CEO, Market Clarity
  • Dr Claire Mason, Senior Social Scientist, Data61
3:30pm- 4:00pm Break
4:00pm- 4:40pm Accessing Asia – the ageing population in China creates business opportunities.  This session will provide insights into market opportunities and pathways. Facilitator: Shalain Singh, Head of Healthcare & Retirement Living, Colliers International


  • Dr Chuyang Liu, China Advisor, Austrade
  • Dr Lam Ching-Choi, Chairman, Elderly Commission Hong Kong
4:40pm- 4:50pm Announcement of the people’s choice for the Ageing Well Innovation Challenge Prof Jana Mathews, ANZ Chair in Business Growth and Director: Australian Centre for Business Growth, University of South Australia
4:50pm- 5:00pm Highlights and closing statements Raymond Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board

* the program is subject to change.