Conference Day One  

The programme below is from the Aged Care Procurement 2017 conference – the 2018 programme is still in development and promises to be even bigger and better!

7.45am: Registration opens

9.00am: Opening Remarks from the Chair

Jennie Vickers, Director Australia and New Zealand, International Association for Contract & Commercial Management IACCM





9.10am: Integrated service models in Australia and the impacts of these services on the procurement processDavid Cox

  • Legislative reform in the aged care and retirement living sectors has resulted in the possibility of alternative care and service models that meet the expanding needs on our ageing population
  • Providers are increasingly looking to international models in the development of integrated care models
  • This presentation focuses on the development of integrated service models in Australia and the impacts of these services on the procurement process

David Cox, Partner/Head of Operational Strategy, Curtin Care

9.50am: International keynote

Rethinking Aging: Not the Traditional Nursing Home Grandma Lives In
Challenging societal attitudes toward aging by introducing a new approach residential living.

Learning Objectives and Takeaways:

1. Rethink aging from practical examples that challenge the current perceptions of elderhood.
2. Recognize that getting outside of your comfort zone presents opportunities for growth and
3. See that changing a culture requires insight from the lessons learned by others who have been
4. Implications for procuring and sourcing for Aged Care

Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE, Adjunct, Professor in Gerontology teaching Long Term Care, Leadership, Simon Fraser University & Executive Director, Tabor Village, Canada 

10.30am: Morning Networking Break & Exhibition


11.00am: Case Study: Calvary Care procurementpeter wong

  • Achieving value and efficiencies in residential aged care through procurement innovation
  • Respite Care and procurement considerations
  • Forecasting demand
  • Practical examples

Peter Wong, National Procurement Manager Non-Clinical, Little company of Mary Healthcare (Calvary)

11.40am: Texture Modified Diets – The Transition to New Terminology 

  • Dysphagia is highly prevalent in aged care settings and often requires diet modifications
  • Dysphagia poses potential risks to both residents and care providers
  • New Standardised terminology (IDDSI framework) has been developed to describe texture modified foods and fluids
  • Understanding the terminology will assist in the delivery of appropriate clinical care

Jane Winter, Medical Affairs Manager, Nestle Health Science

12.20pm: Lunch 

1.00pm: Networking and product demonstrations in the exhibition area

2.00pm: The importance of setting up your Aged Care Facility with 21st Century Wi-Fi




Jeff Rhode, Owner & ICT Business Development Manager, Liveport Australia

2.20pm: Introduction to Category Management in a Healthcare environmentAdeel Ahmed

  • How is Category Management different from Tactical Procurement?
  • Category Management challenges in a Healthcare environment
  • Understanding the organisation spend profile
  • Communication Strategy
  • Market intelligence tools required to develop category plans

Adeel Ahmed, Head of Operations & Logistics Supply Chain, AlfredHealth

3.00pm: Procurement presentation kindly sponsored by marketboomergrant-kelly

  • overview of purchasing operation
  • the importance of sourcing
  • the challenges in sourcing without an efficient system
  • lessons learned about sourcing with a system.

Grant Kelly, Catering Services Manager, Anglican Retirement Villages

3.40pm: Afternoon networking break and exhibition viewing time

4.10pm: Panel Discussion

How do you promote innovation in procurement & supply?


David Cole, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Maroba Aged Care
Gillan Douglass, Director & General Manager, Oxley Home Care
Leanne Carty, Procurement Officer, SummitCare (Australia)

5.00pm: Closing remarks

5.00pm: Networking drinks in Exhibition Room

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