sarah-imgDr Sarah Russell is a public health researcher who became interested in aged care when her parents moved to an aged care home. After her father died, she stopped full-time work so she could spend as much time with her Mum as possible. She wanted her Mum’s quality of life to be as good as it could be. She wanted her Mum to feel valued and be engaged in her ‘twilight years’. The time Sarah spent with her Mum in the aged care home was precious for them both.  Although Sarah enjoyed the 4 years she spent with residents and staff, she watched the comings and goings in the aged care home with a critical eye.

santamaria-imgDr Joe Santamaria lives in an Aged Care home with his wife Dorothy. They are both aged 92. Joe was formerly Head of the Department of Community Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Fitzroy and the Foundation Chairmen of St. Vincent’s Bioethics Centre. His interest in aged care is personal. He too watches the accreditation and funding processes, staff levels and quality of care with a critical eye.


brasherDr 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.

aitkenMark Aitken is a passionate aged care advocate who believes that Australia needs to significantly improve residential aged care. Mark has both professional and personal experience of the aged care sector. He spent 29 years working as a registered nurse and held senior leadership positions, including in aged care.  Mark is committed to providing high quality care to older people. He spent the past few years as a Manager of an aged care home where he gained extensive knowledge of aged care frameworks, legislative requirements and the day-to-day challenges of working in aged care. Mark is passionate about ensuring older people and their families have a voice in their care and living environments. He is particularly interested in aged care innovation that improves quality of life of older people and exceptional end of life care.

johnJohn Simpson is an experienced company executive and board director having worked in Australia and internationally over 35 years.  John’s directorships include, Shell Australia Ltd, ESSSuper (Chair), The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Council of Monash University, among others in the profit and not for profit space.  As a trained journalist, John is a regular writer on subjects that include, governance in education, justice for the elderly in residential care, and the need for the private and public sectors to work cooperatively in solving national challenges.

paulPaul 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.