Monday, November 3, 2014

Ageing & Disability Forum - Are we getting it Right ?

The Futures Alliance & AAG are working together to explore policy, practice and lived experience where the ageing and disability sector reforms intersect.  A forum is being held in the Hunter area on November 11, 2014.  Please read on for further details ....

  • Hear about the latest research;
  • Hear from people with life long disability and their carers about their experiences during the reform;
  • Hear about current policy and implementation
  • Hear how service providers are embracing and adapting to the changing environment.
The address is Kahibah Sports CLub, 63 Kenibea Avenue, Kahibah.

Please visit to register

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Promise of Inclusion - Presentatations from the Futures Alliance December 6, 2013 forum

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
NDIS & Person Centred Approaches - the NSW Context
What is research telling us?
Aged Care Reform - Where to now?

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Promise of Inclusion .... Futures Alliance December 6, 2013 Forum

The Promise of Inclusion...... How can the current social policy reforms in Disability and Ageing get us there? 

Implicit in the rollout of the NDIS as well as current Aged Care reforms is the promise of better outcomes for people with disability who are ageing.  Hear about the current policy landscape and the latest research, and join us in conversation to help shape the future for people with disability who are ageing.

Key note speakers include:

  • Emeritus Prof Trevor Parmenter will present on the topic of "Ageing Policies and Practices" do people with disabilities fit in?  Lessons learned from research in both the general and disability ageing sectors will b examined and suggestions for cross sectorial collaboration in policy and practices will be proposed. 
  • Paul Sadler will present on the topif of Aged Care Reforms - where to now. Major reforms to aged care were legislated in the last days of the Labor Govt. What is happening now the Abbott Coalition Govt is in power and what will the changes mean for people ageing with lifelong disabilities, other older people and their carers?
  • Christine Regan will present on the topic of 'NDIS .... in the NSW context'

Please download the attached registration for further details.Online registrations now available.

Visit:   If you have any questions you can call Kellie on 4620 2905 or email Kellie at

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Retirement & Disability Seminar Links

The University of Sydney's Centre for Disability Research and Policy recently held a seminar called: Disability and Retirement: Inclusive and Active Ageing. 

 A range of presentations were given including: 

“Retire but don't quit: Reflections on the importance of working for the happiness of people with a disability”

Inclusion in retirement: Practical strategy or pipedream?”

“’It is a good idea to have a plan for when you retire’: Enabling a meaningful life after work in an ADE”

“Open Employment and Retirement for People with Intellectual Disability”

To view all the presentations from this seminar visit the website below:

You can also access the Transition to Retirement Policy Bulletin at:

Information about future events hosted by the Centre for Disability and Research and Policy can be found at:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Presentations from the Person Centred Approach Forum held November 16, 2012 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club

'Person Centred Approach' - Making it work for People with Disability who are Ageing

This recent event was hosted by the Futures Alliance and the Australian Association of Gerontology.  Presentations from this event are now available.  Click on the Presenters below to view the presentations.

 What Person Centred Policy means in NSW - Christine Regan  

Person Centred Approaches for People with Lifelong Disability: An Examination of the issues - Jo-Anne Hewitt 

Aged Care Reform Developments - Paul Sadler 

National Disability Insurance Scheme - Katherine McLellan

Building a Culture of Person Centredness - Emma Doukakis

Consumer Directed Care - An Update - Pauline Armour

Monday, October 15, 2012

Event "Person Centred Approach - Making It Work For People with a Disability who are Aging"

The Futures Alliance and the Australian Association of Gerontology are pleased to present: 

 "Person Centred Approach - Making It Work For People with a Disability who are Aging"

Friday November 16, 2012
10am - 3pm
Ryde-Eastwood Bowling Club 

  • Hear about the latest research
  • Learn about reforms in Ageing and Disability policy at both state and federal levels
  • Get an update on the development of a National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Throughout the day we will share the stories of people with disabilityand their carers about their lived experience as they age

Guest Speakers & Presenters include:

Jim Longley - Chief Executive, ADHC

The Hon Victor Dominello MP - Member for Ryde

Dr Michelle Donelly - Southern Cross University

Dr Anne Hillman - The University of Sydney

Katherine McLellan - National Disability Services

Christine Regan - NCOSS

Paul Sadler - Presbyterian Aged Care

Emma Doukakis - Centre for Disability Studies

Jo-Anne Hewitt - Chair, The Futures Alliance

Pauline Armour - UnitingCare Ageing NSW.ACT

& Other Special Guests

Professionals - $80
Members of Australian Association of Gerontology - $50
People with disability, Family Members & Carers - Free

To register contact: 
Kellie van Gool 
Tel: (02) 4620 2905
Fax: (02) 4627 8005

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What's on the Future Alliance's Agenda in 2012?

The Futures Alliance held a strategic planning meeting on January 17 to set our agenda for the year.

The Alliance took the chance to reflect on our efforts in 2011 with our policy submissions, successful forum, conference presentations and updating of our Blue Print.

Lively discussion was held about the many issues that are important for people with disability who are ageing and where our energies should be placed in 2012.....

Some of the issues were:

The National Disability Insurance Scheme

NSW Whole of Government Ageing Strategy Consultations

National Disability Research Agenda

Consumer directed care, person centred approaches and self direction

So WATCH THIS SPACE for an update soon on our plans for a productive and influential 2012.