th aag conference
Ageing: the golden opportunity 8-10 November 2017 CROWN PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

2017 Conference Planning Committee

Professor Keith Hill (Conference Planning Committee Chair)

Professor Keith Hill is a physiotherapist and Head of School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University.  

Professor Hill has 35 years’ experience in clinical practice and more recently research, with a main focus on ageing well, falls prevention, and exercise, across community, residential care and hospital settings. He has over 200 research publications, and more than $16 million in research grants.
He is currently President of the Asia Oceania Regional Council of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and has been a past President of the AAG (Victorian Division).

Professor Leon Flicker (Scientific Committee Chair)

Leon has trained clinically in research in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne and was appointed inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia in 1998. He established a productive research unit aimed at translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people culminating in 2006 at the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing at the University of Western Australia. Leon remains a practicing geriatrician and is Head of Inner City Geriatric Services at Royal Perth Hospital. Leon has served on numerous government committees addressing the health needs of older people. He is a Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles addressing a wide variety of health issues in older people.

Elissa Burton
Research Fellow, Curtin University 

Elissa works at the School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science, at Curtin University. Elissa completed her PhD in 2014 which explored the effects of physical activity on older people receiving home care services. Elissa is a healthy ageing researcher with a focus on the promotion of physical activity and exercise in older people to assist them to live independently for as long as they choose. She is currently on the WA AAG committee.

Keryn Curtis
Writer, editor, advocate on positive ageing

Keryn Curtis is a Sydney based journalist, editor and communication strategist with a background in social policy, disability, health, and ageing issues.  She was the founding editor of Australian Ageing Agenda magazine and news website, the most respected mainstream resource on ageing issues and aged care in Australia – a role she performed for almost ten years, until the end of 2013.

Keryn spent a decade as a communications strategist and consultant in the corporate sector with a leading international agency, working predominantly in the health, disability and social affairs area with both commercial and government clients.   She also spent three foundational years in the Commonwealth government in in Canberra as part of a graduate cohort, working in social security policy, government communication and speechwriting.

Keryn understands a wide breadth of ageing related issues in Australia and internationally and is a passionate advocate for positive ageing and the policy settings that can enable it.   She is currently about to launch a new online project called Frank & Earnest – a web based platform for engaging the community in conversations about living well in our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s..

Dr Danny Hills 
Senior Lecturer, Monash University

Dr Danny Hills is a Registered Nurse who has worked as a clinician, manager and educator in mental health and clinical governance, both in rural and metropolitan community and hospital settings. His academic teaching and research roles have focused on mental health and aged care workforce development, health sciences and nursing. His primary research interests are in health services and workforce research, workplace aggression, mental health and well-being, ageing and aged care. Danny was the Chair of the 2016 Conference Planning Committee..

Skye Marshall
PhD scholar at the University of Queensland

Thesis topic: older adult malnutrition in the rural rehabilitation and community context, and the role informal carers have in supporting malnourished care recipients.

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics First Class Honours, University of Newcastle, where awarded Faculty of Health Medal and the DAA (NSW Branch) Most Outstanding Student Award, NSW Rural Allied Health Scholarship by NSW Health. 

Hilary O'Connell

Hilary is an Occupational Therapist with 30 years’ experience as a clinician, manager and project leader in the United Kingdom and Australia across the disability and aged care sector. Her passion rests with enabling/wellness focused service models in community care.

Hilary’s UK OT career included centre based neurological rehabilitation, specialist advisor determining medical housing needs, and as a clinician and Occupational Therapy manager for Adult Social Care Services in London.

In Australia Hilary has worked across a number of clinical and community settings. Hilary’s aged and community care knowledge has enabled her to pioneer the implementation of a number of major reform projects. Including research and development of the nationally recognised Silver Chain Home Independence Program and whilst at CommunityWest working in partnership with the WA HACC program to develop and implement the Wellness Approach and the Western Australian Assessment Framework (WAAF).

Since joining the Independent Living Centre (ILC) WA in 2014 Hilary has led a project team working in partnership with the WA HACC Program on a best practice Home Modifications and Assistive Technology service delivery model for WA HACC clients.

Her current role as an ILC service manager includes oversight of the ILC Regional Assessment Service and Allied Health Services and continued research and service development in the areas of reablement, falls and home modifications and assistive technology.

Dr Ann Zubrick

Ann’s interests and professional experience lie in diverse aspects of health, education, community and service planning, including service development. As a qualified speech pathologist and lifecourse developmental psychologist she has more than forty years of experience in education and service program development in different countries, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA. From 1998-1993 she worked for and with the World Health Organisation training health personnel to establish community based rehabilitation programs throughout China.

Currently she is an adjunct professor in the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies, a part of Charles Sturt University’s Canberra campus. Her writing and teaching focuses on the care of older persons with dementia and mental illness, their family and other care partners.

Ann’s diverse governance and board experience includes Council on the Ageing (WA); COTA Australia; National Aged Care Alliance;  The Brightwater Care Group; disability and refugee organisations; schools and educational institutions. For the past two years she has been a judge for the Better Practice Awards in Aged Care.