Dr Sarah Russell trained as a critical care nurse before completing a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD at the University of Melbourne. She has been the principal researcher at Research Matters since 1999. Her work has focused on public health, mental health, ethics and aged care. In 2012, Sarah’s parents moved into an aged care home. Although staff treated her parents with respect and love, Sarah observed the systemic failures in the aged care system. Sarah has published 75 opinion pieces and numerous letters to The Age. Her persistent advocacy over the past six years for some of the most vulnerable people in our society has won her widespread respect for her independent analysis.

Elizabeth Minter worked at The Age for 20 years and the Guardian in London for more than seven years. Before becoming a journalist Liz was a professional tennis player. She won the 1983 US Open junior championship, reached the third round of Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open grand slams, and won a number of doubles titles. Liz has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Letters (Hons). In 2016, Liz published Sarah’s first Opinion Pieces in The Age “The aged care gravy train”. She has edited all Sarah’s subsequent pieces. Liz worked as Sarah’s media and policy advisor when Sarah was the Voices endorsed Independent Candidate for Flinders.

Dr Kathleen Brasher has used her twenty years of experience in the health sector as a clinician, academic, policy advisor and advocate, to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. Committed to a world where everyone can have the best later life, Kathleen is working with organisations such as the WHO, international research collaborations, local governments, community groups and families, to create age friendly communities. When she’s not finding new ways to inspire the world to value ageing, you can find her reading, baking a new chocolate cake recipe, or trying to keep possums off her veggie patch.

Mark Aitken is a passionate aged care advocate who believes that Australia needs to significantly improve residential aged care. Mark  spent 29 years working as a registered nurse and held senior leadershi positions, including in aged care.  Mark is passionate about ensuring older people and their families have a voice in their care and living environments. He is also interested in innovation that improves quality of life of older people and exceptional end of life care.

Catherine Henry is the principal of Catherine Henry Lawyers – a mid sized legal practice in Newcastle NSW. She has specialised in health and medical law for almost 30 years.  Catherine is one of Australia’s leading experts in assisting chronically ill aged care residents – primarily in litigation against aged care facilities. She has long believed that litigation has been shown to play a positive role in improving professional standards. Catherine is regularly asked to speak on aged care advocacy including litigation and is a member of the Hunter Reference Group on Potential Elder Abuse.

Paul Dwyer has 18 years experience in Finance, specialising in Reverse Mortgage and Aged Care lending. He is an Accredited Aged Care ProfessionalTM, and holds a Diploma in Finance Broking. He has submitted papers relating to aged care policies and regularly writes on financial aspects of older Australians. Paul has a specific focus on ensuring aged care residents and their families are fully informed, with all their options discussed to find the best resolution.