A Lunchtime Lecture with Dr Kay Patterson, Age Discrimination Commissioner

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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:

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