2024 Gary Andrews International Fellow
Ms Susana Concordo Harding

Susana is Senior Director at the International Longevity Centre Singapore, an Initiative of Tsao Foundation. She is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at College of Nursing &Health Sciences at Flinders University.

Her policy and research interests are ageing and gender and its intersectionality, caregiving, financial security, community resilience, active and successful ageing, long term care, empowerment, and community development.

Susana graduated Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and holds master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore.  

She is also the Honorary Secretary of the Board of Directors at Centre for Seniors, a non-profit, Social Service Agency that is dedicated to helping seniors to remain meaningfully engage in work and in life, as well as Honorary Secretary of the Gerontological Society of Singapore..

2024 David Wallace Address
Professor James Vickers

James Vickers is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. The Wicking Centre has core research themes on the Cause, Care and Prevention of dementia, and offers an under graduate and postgraduate degree programs in dementia as well as two free massive open online courses (MOOCs) on ‘Understanding Dementia and ‘Preventing Dementia’.

James is a neuroscientist and has research interests in Alzheimer’s disease, neuron injury, brain plasticity and dementia risk reduction. He is a Past-President of the Australasian Neuroscience Society and is a Board Member of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation...

Opening Plenary
Rev James "Jim" Colville AM

When the Reverend James Colville AM opened the doors of Colony 47 in 1973, Hobart was a very different place. There were no gay rights, access to contraception was difficult and people were rejected for being different. After renting an old church at 47 Davey Street, Hobart, a coffee shop was opened where everyone was welcome and help provided when requested. This included many young people, older people, Indigenous Australians, the lonely, hungry and unemployed. James believed those struggling with rejection had a lot to give with the right support – they just needed non-judgemental assistance, acceptance and respect.  

Fifty years on, not for profit Colony 47 continues to deliver programs for Tasmanians in need, with a particular focus on housing. It's helped more than 50,000 households with bond or rental assistance, more than 7000 young people with early intervention support, and more than 17,500 young people with education and employment.  

Rev Colville was recently awarded 2024 Tasmania Senior Australia of the Year.