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Power of imagination

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Last updated 14 March 2019

Monday 20 May 2019


Women's Leadership Forum
Rev Dr. Melinda Cousins
This optional event has been designed with women in mind, but is open to everyone. It's an opportunity to reflect on your own leadership journey, be inspired by and encourage others. Join Rev. Dr Melinda Cousins who will share her leadership insights and invite us all to see our leadership journey in a refreshing new light. All are welcome - just sign up when you register for the conference.

6.00 Welcome reception
Start the conference on a high note with old and new friends. Sponsored by HESTA, the reception includes an engaging Welcome to Country ceremony.
7.30 Finish


Tuesday 21 May 2019



9.00 Welcome, opening and morning reflection
9.30 Access your inner innovator
Charlotte Rush, Inventium
One of Australia's leading innovation experts, Charlotte Rush, explains the latest science about what really drives highly inventive and disruptive thinking - and how you can apply these findings to your work right away. She'll also explore how you can help create a culture where innovation thrives and ideas flourish.
10.30 Morning tea
11.00 Radical redesign
Chris Vanstone, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
Chief Innovation Officer of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Chris Vanstone, shares how design principles and social innovation are creating the social systems of the future by putting bold ideas to work. From disrupting multigenerational disadvantage to reinventing how we age, community-led initiatives are starting small and scaling up to create big changes. Hear how these ideas are being put into practice right now, and how you can take action to imagine, develop and scale up new ways to make a difference to people and communities.
12.00 Platinum sponsor address
12.20 Reimagining Australia
Marcia Balzer, Baptist Care Australia
Marcia Balzer, Executive Director of Baptist Care Australia, reviews the latest in policy and politics and asks the question - what would you change to create the Australia you'd like to live in?
1.00 Lunch 
1.45 Concurrent sessions 1
  A. Opportunities in aged care reform
Pat Sparrow, ACSA
Craig Gear, Older Persons Advocacy Network
Derek Dittrich, ACSA
What opportunities for a sustainable and thriving aged care sector are emerging with our current political and policy environment? How might the Royal Commission lead to a better future? And what opportunities for innovation will be unlocked if the recommendations of the Resource Utilisation and Classification Study are adopted? Hear insights from a panel of aged care policy experts on what might be possible in the near future.
  B. Raising the bar for children and families
Paul Nixon, Baptist Care SA
Paul Nixon is Baptist Care SA's Lead Practitioner and formerly New Zealand's Chief Social Worker. He'll lead a thought-provoking and interactive session around family group conferencing and restorative practice to inspire new ways of thinking about supporting children and families.
  C. How to join the fight against modern slavery
Gershon Nimbalker, Supply Chain Sustainability Consultant
It's estimated that there are 15,000 people living in slavery or some kind of forced servitude in Australia. And forced labour probably exists in the supply chain of most businesses according to KPMG. Join this session to understand how Baptist Care organisations can do their part to ensure slavery-free supply chains.
3.00 Afternoon tea 
3.30 Concurrent sessions 2 
  A. Innovation lab
Charlotte Rush, Inventium
Everyone can be innovative, and this is your chance to learn how! This workshop will let you understand and practise the tools and approaches that can turbo-charge your creative thinking and innovation efforts. Join keynote speaker Charlotte Rush to learn the value of turning your assumptions on their head, and how to boost productivity and ideas in meetings.

B. Design and innovation for faith-based people and organisations
John Beckett, Seed
A practical workshop with John Beckett, CEO of Seed, to help faith-based people and organisations create services and products that show the world what Jesus is like. Come prepared with your biggest current work problem, and be prepared to help others to look at their world from new perspectives.

  C. Artistry unleashed
Andrew McDonough, Baptist Care SA
Join our conference artist in residence for an opportunity to express yourself through the visual arts. This will be an opportunity to unleash your creativity, and process your conference experience through artistic expression.
5.00 Finish
7.00 Conference dinner
Sponsored by Baptist Insurance Services, the conference dinner is a chance to catch up with those people you've wanted to chat with all day, and to share your conference stories over good food.

Wednesday 21 May 2019
8.45 Registration
9.00 Christian imagination and social innovation
John Beckett, Seed
Founder and CEO of Seed, John Beckett, offers a reflection on connections between design/innovation and the Christian faith. How do we engage a Christian imagination to move faith beyond a set of beliefs into tangible expressions of the Christian Story that provide solutions to problems we face in society?
9.45 Innovating dementia care in Denmark
May Bjerre Eiby, Dagmarsminde Denmark
May Bjerre Eiby is working at the forefront of dementia care in Denmark. Her care home, Dagmarsminde, is founded on a philosophy of community and caring that is disrupting care models and challenging concepts of what is possible for people with dementia. Her techniques are delivering significant reductions in dementia symptoms and the need for medication. Hear the story of her inspiration, her journey, the proof of her vision, and her latest expansion to take on a second service for people with dementia. 
10.45 Morning tea
11.15 Concurrent sessions 3

A. Principles and practice of healthy partnerships with Indigenous communities
Christine Hill, Carinity
Karen Glover, SA Health and Medical Research Institute
Karen Glover from SAHMRI describes the South Australian principles for healthy and productive involvement of Aboriginal communities in research projects. They are a comprehensive guide for establishing partnerships with Indigenous organisations to deliver community services together. You'll hear a case study from Carinity's education experts about how they work alongside communities to provide culturally-appropriate services to Indigenous children, and the strategies they use to connect with young people from marginalised backgrounds.

  B. Back to the future of dementia care
May Bjerre Eiby, Dagmarsminde Denmark
Dr Duncan McKellar, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Health

May Bjerre Eiby describes her toolkit for person-centred dementia care, setting out the evidence for its effectiveness in reducing dementia symptoms and improving quality of life. She is joined by Dr Duncan McKellar who will reflect on his experience reviewing Adelaide's Oakden facility and incubating the next phase of care for residents. He established the new Northgate House care home, implementing new care approaches and cultural transformation.
  C. Funding for social impact
Michael Lynch, Social Ventures Australia
Josephine Toral, HESTA
Matt Gardiner, The Benevolent Society

Government, the social sector, and business are thinking differently about how to create and fund social impact. But knowing which innovations to use, and when, is not always easy. Michael Lynch from Social Ventures Australia offers his insights on finding the right funding options to achieve the results you want to create. Michael will then join a discussion panel including Matt Gardiner from the Benevolent Society with lessons from the NSW Resilient Families Social Impact Bond, and Josephine Toral from HESTA offering an experienced investor's perspective on how to make impact investing a reality.
12.30 Lunch 
1.15 The future I want
Hear the thoughts of an inspiring young person about the future they would like to be part of.
1.50 Impossible is just an opinion
Peter Yao, Thankyou
Social enterprise Thankyou has taken the business world by storm with its success competing with global multinationals and its bold vision of using 100% of profits to end poverty. Chief Impact Officer, Peter Yao, is at the cutting edge of Thankyou's intersection between business, profit and doing good. Hear his insights about what it took for Thankyou to get there, and what we can learn about working at the crossroad between commerce and purpose. Be inspired by how a roomful of changemakers can turn the impossible into the possible.
3.00 Finish