Professor Shannon Jarrott

 Professor Shannon Jarrott is Professor of Social Work at Ohio State University, with her research focused on intergenerational community-building strategies.

Trained as a gerontologist, Professor Jarrott has worked with childcare centres, adult day service programs, primary schools, nursing homes, universities, food banks, and churches interested in utilising young and older people’s strengths to benefit participants and the larger community. She is the Australian Association of Gerontology 2023 Gary Andrews International Fellow. Editor of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Professor Jarrott is sharing her knowledge at our annual conference.

Professor Jarrott will reflect on how to collaboratively design successful intergenerational programs, and how organizations can better prepare their environment and their staff to deliver engaging programming for diverse young and older people.


Marcus Riley

Marcus Riley has a demonstrated ability to impact and influence in the field of health, ageing and seniors living, education, workforce development and technology through 25 years experience across the globe.

In addition to his role as Executive Chairman of BallyCara, Marcus is the founder of Booming – which is all about a new approach to ageing successfully. He has a distinguished record of leadership roles with international, national and state-based organisations and in 2018 was awarded the Global Ageing Influencer award by Ageing Asia. Further to Director roles with various companies he has been appointed to a number of Government Boards and Committees, has a Master’s of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a passionate advocate for positive ageing and for the interests of older people, accordingly he is the author of Booming - A Life Changing Philosophy on Ageing Well.


Professor Felicity Baker

Professor Felicity Baker is Associate Dean Research, Director, International Research Partnerships at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

She is a former Australia Research Council Future Fellow (2011-2015) and now leads a series of music therapy clinical trials with people living with dementia. She has attracted more than $15.5 million in competitive research funding and is Principal Investigator on 3 National Health and Medical Research Council grants, an Australia Research Council Discovery Grant, and a Medical Research Future Fund. She is Associate Editor, Journal of Music Therapy, former President of the Australian Music Therapy Association, and holds numerous awards including the World Federation of Music Therapy Research Award. Felicity was recently commissioned by the WHO Arts and Health Lead to undertake research on music interventions for dementia care, some of which she will report on in her presentation.


Professor Alison Mudge

Alison is a general physician, health services researcher and highly regarded educator based at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Conjoint Professor at the University of Queensland. She is passionate about making hospitals more age friendly through genuine engagement with older consumers, increasing the skills and compassion of multidisciplinary staff, empowering clinical leadership, and translation of evidence about the physical environment and models of care. She leads the Eat Walk Engage program, a ward-based continuous improvement program that prevents delirium and gets older patients home from hospital sooner and is now implemented in 18 hospitals throughout Queensland. She serves on the steering committee of the Queensland Dementia, Ageing and Frailty Network.


Simon Lowe

Simon Lowe is co-founder of People Tech Revolution and The Ageing Revolution and is a strategic partnership and design thinking expert. He is adept at systems change, user experience and behaviour change theory, applying these approaches to innovative solutions that tackle systemic and individual issues. Simon has a passion for innovative digital solutions that use gamification techniques and has several works in the pipeline around how to have serious conversations using games. This includes designing Carked It! a card game about death and dying, as well as VR apps focused on empathy and discrimination, a mobile app for women with endometriosis, an app for carers of people at home and a game focused on conversations about ageing.

Simon has mentored over 20 game designers and developers over the past five years through the SAE Institute intern industry program. He currently coordinates a small team of virtual reality developers with a specialised focus on innovative VR experiences around soft-skills training. Simon has worked in government, non-government, academic and for-profit settings and has assisted with brokering partnerships across the different sectors.


Leonie Sanderson

Leonie Sanderson is an experienced human services designer, with a special focus on the bringing the lived experience of older people, younger people, women, and carers into the design process. Over the past five years, Leonie’s work has melded co-design and engagement with strategy and innovation in tech – a human-centred design approach.

As co-founder of People Tech Revolution and The Ageing Revolution, she has worked on the design and development of VR apps to increase empathy and fight bias, for clients such as Mater and the Mayo Clinic, consulted on telehealth solutions for Queensland Health and created the imagery of ageing project ‘Pikme’. She is currently a member of the QLD XR Hub Advisory Board and a volunteer with the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI). In 2021, Leonie project managed the QUT project Transforming Aged Care with Virtual Reality - https://research.qut.edu.au/agedcarevr/


Mary Patetsos

Mary Patetsos is a professional Board Director, serving on both National and South Australian Boards with a rare blend of academic qualifications and expertise.

Her skills and experience combined with an extensive national network enable her to add significant value to organisations at many levels. In particular, her commitment to achieve positive change drives her ambition. She contends that a strong belief in the worthiness of learning and work have become her key motivator.


Associate Professor Phillippa Carnemolla

Dr Phillippa Carnemolla is a leading researcher in the design and evaluation of inclusive environments, products and information. Since completing her PhD in 2016, she has developed a substantial body of impactful research that investigates the breadth of health, care and social impacts resulting from inclusive design approaches.In her role as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at UTS, Dr Carnemolla is working on a diverse range of projects which evaluate the impact of the built environment on caregiving and independence in settings such as group homes, residential aged care and health facilities. She regularly collaborates internally across university faculties and externally with Australian and international universities on projects of significant public relevance (such as aged care and disability inclusion) and investigates the impact of the inclusive and participatory design practice on service provision and costs, caregiving and quality of life for older people and people living with disabilities.


Associate Professor Frances Batchelor

Associate Professor Frances Batchelor is an academic and clinical physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience working with older people across community, aged care and hospital settings. Frances is Divisional Director of Clinical Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute and Senior Principal Research Fellow overseeing a research program focussing on falls prevention, physical activity, healthy ageing, technology, dementia care and health and aged care systems evaluation. Frances conducts research across 4 key areas: healthy ageing, health conditions associated with ageing, health and aged care systems research, and technology for health and ageing. She has over 65 publications and has been successful in obtaining over $10 Million in research funding. Associate Professor Batchelor’s career is focused on collaborative approaches to research, policy and practice to improve the lives of older people.



Speaker to be confirmed
2022 Opening Plenary, Sophie Thomson
2022 Gary Andrews International Fellow, Professor Ngaire Kerse
2022 David Wallace Address, Professor Veronica Soebarto