The Regional Forums are held twice yearly to support the delivery and sharing of information relevant to community care service providers throughout the region. These forums strive to share innovative ideas, spark new thoughts and promote relationships through networking.

The Forums give you the opportunity to hear from experts, discuss innovative models of care and exchange knowledge and experience amongst your peers. It is also the Forum where Government will keep you up-to-date with policy changes.

Moving Towards Reablement & Wellness in Aged Care

Date: Wednesday 15 November 2017
Location: Hornsby RSL – 4 High St, Hornsby

Knowledge and Skills to Empower Your Clients

Reablement and wellness are approaches that support consumer independence, autonomy and well-being. Implementing a Wellness and Reablement approach within your organisation can result in a win-win situation for your staff and most importantly your clients.


  • Be inspired as to what is possible in relation to reablement and wellness and why it works
  • Be informed on how to apply the principles of wellness and reablement to your service
  • Shift the mind set of staff to a wellness philosophy
  • Have your RAS and ACAT questions answered
  • Be updated on the latest changes to DEX
  • Be updated on the latest My Aged Care initiatives
  • Connect and network with other local services


9.00am Registration
9.30am Welcome to Country
Aunty Donna Ingram
9.40am Welcome
Jeremiah Hartmann – MC
9.45am Keynote Speaker: Ricki Smith – CEO Access Care Network Australia

  • Wellness, reablement & restorative support – what it is & why it works
  • Engaging consumers in the reablement and wellness approach
  • How can you apply the principles of wellness and reablement to your service
  • How to develop and implement a Wellness and Reablement Action Plan
  • Lessons for best practice in wellness and reablement

As CEO of Access Care Network Australia, the Silver Chain Group’s subsidiary dedicated to independent assessments for older people, veterans and carers, Ricki leads a team of 150 people located in Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. She believes that independent assessment with a strong focus on reablement not only results in better outcomes for clients, it also benefits funders and has invested significant resources into testing and evaluating different assessment methodologies to improve the outcomes for all. Ricki’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, Masters of Business Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration. She is a also recent recipient of a Churchill Fellowship where she investigated the evidence, policy and practice associated with reablement in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Denmark.

11.00am Reablement & Wellness Service Highlights
Be inspired by innovative reablement & wellness programs currently being run locally

  • Sally Wills, Community Manager, RSL LifeCare
  • Edwina Gow, Senior Coordinator Healthy Living For Seniors, Home and Community Care, Northern Sydney and Central Sydney, Uniting
  • Merilyn Alt, Founder Member of the Waverton Hub
11.45am Morning Tea
12.05pm RAS / ACAT Assessment Services Panel

This will be an opportunity for you to have your RAS and ACAT questions answered

  • RAS Representatives:
    • Ken Johnson/Jane Crowe, Community Options
    • Michael Scurrah, Feros Care
    • Alan Powys, NSLHD Regional Assessment Service
  • ACAT Representative: Maris Tonkin, Manager, Aged Care Assessment Team
12.35pm DEX Update
Sarala Piyatilake: Project Officer – Australian Government Department of Health
1.05pm Health Department Update
Hermine Partamian: Executive Officer – Australian Government Department of Health
 1.35pm Conclusion of Regional Forum
Danielle Ballantine: CEO – Northside Community Forum Ltd
1.45pm Lunch


This workshop is for Managers, Coordinators, Team Leaders, Front-line Workers, Case-Managers, Support Facilitators & Planners who are interested in implementing reablement approaches to empower service users.


$50 for CHSP-funded service providers and $75 others (this will contribute to the cost of lunch & morning tea)

Registration is essential

Deadline: Friday, 10 November 2017


For further details, please contact Rosanna: or Shirley:

The Forum will be followed by our AGM, which you are welcome to attend.

Club Entry

Please be reminded that entrance to the Club is subject to the Club rules of Hornsby RSL Club whereby identification or Membership Card must be produced upon entry to the Club and a sign in process will occur.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is required to secure any booking. Cancellations received up to 7 working days before event is refundable. After that, cancellations are subject to the entire event fee. Please note that if you don’t cancel and don’t attend, you are still responsible for payment.