Policy Forum 2019

Policy Forum 2019

Challenging Ageism: What is it and what would Australia look like without it?

in collaboration with the EveryAGE Counts Campaign

When: Thursday 13 June 2019
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Where: National Press Club, Canberra

Ageism is discrimination against our future selves. It can affect every one of us. Ageism can be found in attitudes or beliefs, in behaviours, or even formalised policy and practices. Yet often it is misunderstood and goes unseen in the policy development processes and unchallenged in private or public behaviour and discussions.

How do we identify ageism, what drives it and what impact does it cause? What are the ‘opportunity costs’ of ageism and its impact on public policy and the economy? How can we best respond to ageism in our private and professional lives?

The 2019 COTA Australia Policy Forum in conjunction with the EveryAGE Counts Campaign will bring together older Australians, academics, regulators and public policy makers to explore the intersection between ageism and public policy in Australia. Together we will identify a future vision for an Australia without ageism.

EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION – Early Bird tickets ends 24 May 2019
All ticket sales close on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at 11:59PM AEST.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite with a reduced price for COTA individual members and COTA organisational members. Please call your state COTA to enquire about membership.

Tickets: https://npf2019.eventbrite.com.au

General Admission: $315 ($265 Early Bird)
COTA Individual Member: $135 ($105 Early Bird)
COTA Organisational Member: $235 ($190 Early Bird)

Early Bird tickets are available until Friday 24 May 2019

National Policy Forum Program – DRAFT

Download Draft Program: Challenging Ageism National Policy Forum (DRAFT)

Facilitator: Caroline Baum

9.15 – 9.30 Welcome to Country: Violet Sheridan
Welcome from COTA Australia: Ian Yates AM
9.30 – 10.00 Keynote: Ageism faced by older people and what drives it
Kirsty Nowlan, Executive Director, The Benevolent Society
10.00 – 10.30 Imagery and imagination – older people in the media and public discourse
In conversation with Caroline Baum
Learnings from the Long Live Me campaign development – Speaker TBC, Department of Health
Fiona Jolly, CEO, Ad Standards Australia (TBC)
Other panel members TBC
10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 – 11:30 Keynote: The economic impact of ageism
Emma Dawson, Executive Director, Per Capita
11:30 – 12:10 Ageism and employment
Facilitated by Caroline Baum
Mike Rungie, Committee member, EveryAGE Counts
Other panel members TBC
12.10 – 1.10 Lunch
Opportunity to take the pledge to stand for a world without ageism
1:10 – 1:55 Responding to ageism – what’s public policy got to do with it?
Facilitated by Marlene Krasovitsky, EveryAGE Counts Campaign
Kathryn Greiner AO, NSW Retirement Village Ambassador and Chair of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing.
Associate Dean Lin Hatfield-Dodds,  Australia and New Zealand School of Government
Further panel members TBC
1:55 – 2:40 What lessons on anti-ageism can be learnt from diverse communities and other campaigns for social change?
Facilitated by: Corey Irlam, COTA Australia
Professor Tom Calma, University of Canberra
Mary Patetsos, Federation of Ethnic Communities Council
Panel member TBC
2:40 – 2:55 Afternoon Tea
2:55 – 3:35 Ageism in Aged Care and Health Care
Proposition: Ian Yates AM, COTA Australia
Respondent 1: Patricia Sparrow, Aged and Community Services Australia
Respondent 2: Jo Root, Policy Manager, Consumers Health Forum
3:35 – 4:15 Moving towards an Australia without ageism
Anne Burgess, COTA South Australia
Professor John McCallum, National Seniors
Marlene Krasovitsky, EveryAGE Counts
4:15 – 4:30 Concluding remarks – Caroline Baum
4:30 – 4:40 Closing Thanks – Ian Yates AM, COTA Australia