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The Aged Care Procurement Conference will focus on practical solutions and strategies to achieve best value in procurement in an environment of continually changing and highly demanding age care expectations.

The Conference is for all levels of procurement expertise and addresses specific aged care procurement skills to improve your procurement practices.

The programme is still in development, with new sessions being added regularly. PASA has adopted a strategy in 2020 of developing conference programmes in a more ‘agile’ way, adding and testing sessions incrementally. This way we get continuous feedback that enables us to ensure that the programme is as currently relevant as possible.

Among the Topics currently planned are:
• An interactive examination of the biggest issues facing aged care procurement
• Modern Slavery in Aged Care
• E-Procurement in a decentralised purchasing world
• The relationship between procurement and property
• Digital engineering and architectural design innovation
• Supplier Engagement: what can it really do? A Case Study from RSL LifeCare
• What are the right Procurement Operating Models in Aged Care?
• Use of technology in Aged Care Procurement
• The True Total Cost of Ownership an an increasingly environmentally and socially conscious world
And more to come soon….

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  • Day 1

    29th April 2020

  • Centralised, de-centralised, centre-led or perhaps a hybrid? What type fo procurement model will best enable your organisation to meet its goals?

  • What are the biggest questions and issues facing aged care procurement specialists in the current climate? Are there a number of common challenges, or are they quite unique to each organisation. In this interactive session we will identify those key questions and issues to ensure that we answer as many of them as possible through the course of the event.

  • The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) is the new piece of legislation in Australia requiring entities to consider their supply chains for risk of modern slavery, and prepare and publish a modern slavery statement each year. The aged care and medical industries have both been identified as being high risk in terms of the prevalence of modern slavery. This presentation will provide you with a greater understanding of modern slavery both locally and globally, including how to identify and assess modern slavery risks in your supply chain. The presentation will also address the requirements of the MSA including how to prepare a Modern Slavery Statement and what changes you should be making to supplier on-boarding documents, tender documents and contracts.

  • Social, ethical and sustainable procurement are very high on the radar for all organisations, placing greater demands on already stretch procurement functions to measure and monitor its suppliers. This session will provide an insight into how one company is alleviating this problem through a technology driven platform and service

  • Cost doesn’t just relate to money we have to think about our sustainability agenda too. Sustainability initiatives: which ones should you be focussing on and why?

  • E-procurement is often viewed simply as a mechanism to drive efficiencies and introduce standardization across the purchase to payment process – but it can be so much more! This presentation will explain how a well-executed procure-to-pay strategy can drive significant change, not only within your own organisation but also for suppliers, whilst enhancing internal customer service.

  • Technology is the answer to everything these days….or is it? In this panel discussion we will explore the opportunities, challenges and pitfalls of digitizing parts or all of your procurement activities. Where should you start? Where might you get the biggest bang for your buck? How might technology deliver better outcomes for your customers?

  • • Automating government reporting requirements is achievable • Existing technology in taxis ensures you always know where your clients are travelling to • Track and monitor client spend in real time

  • This discussion will highlight the link between Procurement and Property and how aligning strategies and teams can produce efficiencies in cost and performance, while still keeping due diligence and separation.

  • • Reducing project risk and cost • Programme reduction, saving time and effort • modular design construction

  • So what have we learned? Review of key learning points for the day.

  • Day 2

    30th April 2020

  • Review of day one and preview of day two programme

  • What is the theory of Supplier Engagement? How does Supplier Engagement in Aged Care supply chain work? How different is Supplier Engagement to customer engagement and employee engagement? Why Supplier Engagement? Which supplier(s) to engage? What’s involved? Is Supplier Engagement the responsibility of Procurement? What are the key lessons learned at RSL LifeCare’s Procurement? What could go wrong? Listen to some of their experiences and judge for yourself if it’s worth the invested time and resources. At the end of the day, are we really trying to engage the supplier base? But why?

  • Energy, in particular electricity, is high priority for most organisations. Balancing cost with the need to be ‘green’ and reduce carbon dioxide emissions presents a number of challenges for procurement. This session will explore the options available and highlight potential solutions to the dilemma. Speaker tbc

  • It’s just a floor right? Wrong. This session will examine your flooring is: • Your number one visual communicator (first impressions, brand identity, direction of flow, warmth, comfort and ability to encourage social interaction) • A large part of the infection control weaponry ( referencing recent changes to the Australian Health Facility guidelines and how different floors in different areas should be used) • A critical part of the health and safety of a building relating to patients and staff and slips and falls. (reference Australian standards and current challenges with certifiers) • Designing for dementia and bespoke options– We have worked with a leading dementia organisation (Stirling Dementia Services Development centre (DSDC) to develop flooring that reduces stress and anxiety. The basics of dementia friendly design.

  • Obligations for Aged Care Providers It is crucial that all Aged Care Providers are familiar with their obligations under the respective State legislation specifically with regards to certification and compliance, particularly in NSW where the requirements have changed and will come into force shortly. CEE3 will take participants through: • The obligations for building owners, occupiers and owners’ agents under AS1851; • The requirements for collation & retention of baseline building documentation; • A properly structured compliance program which is essential to obtaining your yearly essential services compliance sign-off; and • The importance of engaging properly qualified, competent and accredited people.

  • The following four sessions will all focus on specific key categories in the aged care sector. They will be a mix of presentations, discussion and opportunities to share knowledge and experience on managing these key categories.