Program at a glance

8:30am - Arrival and registration

9:00am - Welcome

9:25am - Keynote Speaker Ross Womersley: The gifts and challenges of diversity - in our communities and in our workforce

10:10am - Morning Tea and Posters

10:25am - Break Out Session 1: Social Determinants of Health and Prevention and Management

12:05pm - Lunch and Posters

12:50pm - Break Out Session 2: Health and Data Systems and Health Policies and Settings

2:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Posters

2:45pm - Panel Session including Q&A (see information below): Collaboration for better health and wellbeing outcomes

3.40pm - Presentation of Awards

4.00pm - Closing remarks 

Full Conference Program:

Panel Session Information

Panel Chair: Dean Whitehead

Dr Dean Whitehead has been at Flinders University for the last three years in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. He is an active researcher and publisher where the main focus lies with health promotion and health education theory and practice, health-promoting settings, health policy, public health and primary health care. He has close to 200 theoretical/research publications in these fields and is Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and Regional/Associate Editor for Health Education.

Panel Speaker: Lui Di Venuto

Lui Di Venuto has been with the City of Onkaparinga since 2016. He is the Team Leader for Active Ageing and Disability Programs. Prior to that he spent 14 years facilitating sector development across the Eastern region of Adelaide. He has extensive experience in service delivery and development with Local and State Government in South Australia, and Social Services in the United Kingdom.  He is the president of the South Australian division of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Panel Speaker: Carmel Williams

Carmel Williams is the Manager of the Health Determinants and Policy Unit, South Australian Department for Health and Wellbeing, which incorporates the work she led as Manager of the former Health in All Policies Unit. Carmel has overseen the establishment and sustainability of South Australia’s Health in All Policies approach, which has been operating since 2007. Carmel has a long and extensive experience in the field of health promotion and public health, with qualifications in education and public health. She has worked extensively with the World Health Organization and in 2017 was awarded the Primary Health Care Award from the South Australian, Public Health Association of Australia and the Australian Health Promotion Association.

Panel Speaker: Tim Henwood

Dr Tim Henwood is the Group Manager for Community Wellness & Lifestyle with Southern Cross Care SA & NT and a special population exercise physiologist with a specific interest in older adults with complex healthcare needs accessing age care services. He has published more than 60 academic and sector publications reporting on targeted exercise programs for adults 65 years of age and older living in both the community and residential aged care. The message from his work is that you are never too old to benefit from targeted exercise and therapy, and that with the right health pathway even the oldest and most unhealthy adult can be re-abled back to better health and wellbeing.

Panel Speaker: Pas Forgione

Pas Forgione was one of the founders of Anti-Poverty Network SA, and its first state coordinator, from 2013 to 2018. He is now a campaigner with the organisation.  Anti-Poverty Network SA is a grassroots group composed of welfare recipients from across Adelaide who are campaigning for dignity, justice, and respect for those out of work, and living in poverty.  Recently, Anti-Poverty Network SA has been campaigning for local governments to publicly advocate for an increase to Newstart, which has so far seen 13 Councils across SA - representing 700,000 residents - advocate for a raise. Members, including sole parents, job-seekers, carers, and Age and Disability Pensioners, organise a range of different activities and projects, including public forums, community picnics, rallies, information sessions, individual advocacy and support for those experiencing difficulties with their job agency or disability employment service.