A Lunchtime Lecture with Dr Kay Patterson, Age Discrimination Commissioner


Abstract:

When Paul McCartney penned his famous song “Will you still need me…” in 1966, at the age of 16, the oldest of Australia’s baby boomers were turning 20.  Despite Paul contemplating turning 64 these boomers were on the cusp of adulthood and the inevitability of turning 64 was most probably the furthest thing from their minds and for most of them would have seemed an impossibility.

The movement of the bulge of boomers through the years, often referred to as “the pig in the python” provided fertile ground to be tilled by social science researchers.

How is this cohort of ageing boomers doing now – what are they doing, how healthy are they, where are they living, how are they fairing; how do they compare with the war babies and boomers in other countries; and what of their future?

About the speaker:

Appointed as the Age Discrimination Commissioner on 29th July, 2016 the Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO came into this role with strong involvement in issues affecting older people.  Leaving school at 15, and then managing a small business, she returned to school and gained a BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney and a PhD in Psychology and a Dip Ed at Monash University.

Following her election to the Senate in 1987 she served on a number of Senate committees and held various shadow portfolios.  In 1988 she was appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary and in 2001 was appointed to Cabinet and served in the Health and Social Security portfolios. She retired from Cabinet in 2006 and from the Senate in 2008.


About the facilitator:

 

Gillian’s passion is working with inspired people to help them achieve worthwhile change. After a successful and fulfilling senior executive career mostly in health and aged care Gillian now combines busy consulting roles with Board work and governance.

Known for her capacity to galvanize people around great strategy, Gillian has mastered the art of finding innovative solutions to emerging trends and changes that help companies evolve their services and business models. Prior to establishing a busy portfolio career, Gillian was CEO and Director of UnitingCare Ageing one of Australia’s largest health and aged care providers. Gillian holds non-executive director positions with the boards of Basketball Australia Ltd and RSL Care Ltd.

She has held Senior Executive leadership roles in NSW Government Departments including Premier’s, Housing NSW, Ministry of Health & Community Services, Department of Community Services and the Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care.

Gillian is committed to life-long learning and has used this to hone the hard and soft skills of leadership. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with tertiary qualifications including an Executive MBA, post-graduate qualifications in urban studies and an honors degree in Social Work.

To attend this special event, please complete the RSVP form below by 5pm, Tuesday 12 September:

 

Morning Conversation with Professor Barney Glover

 

About the speaker:
Professor Barney Glover commenced as the Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University on 1 January 2014.

Professor Glover is an accomplished academic leader and experienced Vice-Chancellor. Previously Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University from 2009 to 2013, he has a long record of success in university management and leadership, particularly in research, intellectual property management and major capital development projects.

Professor Glover also has significant business leadership credentials through membership on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration and processing and telecommunications.

Before relocating to the Northern Territory in 2009 Professor Glover was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, he held several positions at Perth’s Curtin University of Technology including Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development. He has a strong research publication record and has co-authored four texts in mathematics education. Before his appointment at Curtin Professor Glover held a number of positions at the University of Ballarat in Victoria.

Building research infrastructure, strategic partnerships and fostering a culture of research excellence were hallmarks of Professor Glover’s tenure in senior executive roles at CDU, the University of Newcastle and Curtin University of Technology.

He has demonstrated a deep commitment to widening participation and exploring innovative approaches to higher education access throughout his career. Professor Glover is a leader in the development of flexible, technology-based learning and in furthering Indigenous knowledge and education. He also has considerable experience in developing strong and mutually beneficial relationships with the vocational education sector.

Professor Glover holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and has worked on both the east and west coasts of Australia.

About the facilitator:

Darren Mara is a cross-platform reporter, producer and presenter for SBS World News. He has worked across print, online, radio and television for the past 10 years, and most recently filled in as sports presenter for World News.

Darren has covered major domestic and international news events including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Australian federal elections, Olympics and Commonwealth Games, FIFA World Cups and the Tour de France.

Darren also spent four years in Europe as a reporter, editor and producer with German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, as well as around one year in Indonesia working as a sub-editor with that country’s largest English-language newspaper, The Jakarta Post.

If you are interested in attending this event, please complete the RSVP form below by Monday 28 August.

Affinity Sunday Brekkie – Home Encounters

 

The Sunday Brekkies are an initiative in the spirit of our highly successful home encounters initiatives we have been organising since our inception.

 

These are small informal events (about 8-12 guests) at the residence of a Muslim family in Sydney with the aim of contributing to social harmony and a healthy modern Australian society through encouraging dialogue, facilitating cultural exchange and fostering friendships.

 

The family-friendly atmosphere and warm hospitality of our hosts provide a relaxed environment for conversation while our guests enjoy delicious food alongside a cup of tea or strong Turkish coffee. The human touch sometimes makes all the difference and feedback for our various home-based programs has been overwhelmingly positive from both hosts and guests.

 

To take part in this exciting project, please email to info@affinity.org.au . A member of our team will write back and discuss details with you.

 

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