The 2019 Care Expo Speakers Program


Stage One:

9:30am – 10:00am
Heidi Long
National Occupational Therapy

Presentation Title: Occupational Therapy – How can this help me?

National OT has a large team of experienced therapists who offer home-based occupational therapy services to clients of all ages and abilities across Queensland. During this presentation, they will explain what Occupational therapy is, the types of services on offer, and what you can expect from your OT.

10:30am – 11:00am
Marley Brown
CEO, Conpago

Presentation Title: Managing and Building Community Through Technology

Marley will showcase the Conpago Suite, and take us on his team’s journey from research to reality. Demonstrating how technology can be utilised to both build and manage a thriving care community.

11:30am – 12:00pm
Mary Dreves
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland / WorkCover

Presentation Title: Ensuring community workers are safe in your home – who has responsibilities?

In this presentation, Mary will give a brief overview of the Workplace Health and Safety guide to working safely in people’s homes. The presentation will identify some of the common hazards found in people’s homes and how the risks associated with these hazards should be managed to ensure workers’ health and safety.

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Tarah Swanepoel
Carers Link

Presentation Title: The Memory Support Program: Understanding dementia and the importance of individualised assessment and care.

Memory disorders are becoming more commonplace and understanding their origins and progression is important in care. The presentation will explore the meanings of memory disorders in relation to dementia, and the importance in individualised assessment and intervention. The Memory Support Program launched by Carers Link is a new intervention strategy assisting individuals with memory issues under Home Care Packages and the NDIS.

1:30pm – 2:00pm
Justine Baker
Afford – Australian Founders For Disabled

Presentation Title: Afford Lifestyle and Benefits of Short Term Accommodation

Overnight respite short term accommodation and group home (SIL) including DVD.

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Dr Bosman
National Cannabinoid Clinic

Presentation Title: NCC presents: Our Endocannabinoid System. 

If you are suffering from chronic conditions and have tried conventional therapies, what could you discuss next with your GP? This session will discuss the Endocannabinoid system, the composition of it and how it regulates our bodies.

Stage Two:

10:00am – 10:30am
Melissa Bannerman
STAR Community Services

Presentation Title: Growing Apart. Why is social Isolation such an enormous issue for our society? Can we fix it?

People across the western world are reporting higher levels of persistent loneliness than ever before. Around a third of people in industrialized countries report feeling lonely, one in 12 severely so, and the proportions are increasing.
The growing problem of social isolation affects people of all ages and abilities. However, for elderly and those with disabilities, lack of meaningful and frequent social interactions can pose serious health issues including anxiety, depression and a range of other mental health problems.

11:00am – 11:30am
Michelle Calabro
Co.As.It. Community Services

Presentation Title: How To Navigate the Aged Care System

An informative presentation on how to navigate the ever-changing aged care system. Michelle will explain the importance of choosing the right provider and she will discuss how a provider’s service quality to consumers may differ from provider to provider. Shedding light on the consumer experience when the provider has allied health and clinical services In-house.

12:00pm – 12:30pm
Luke Garrett
Blue Care

Presentation Title: Blue Care’s customer focus: How we’re understanding and meeting the needs of the families of people we support

As a carer, Blue Care know you have it tough. It’s stressful, it’s emotional, it’s tiring. This talk describes Blue Care’s approach, ideas, and the services that are arising from more actively understanding your needs and journey as a carer for those you love so deeply.

1:00pm – 1:30pm
Cassie Edwards
Tunstall Healthcare

Presentation Title: Smart Home Technology, A Social Inclusion Solution

Smart Homes are created by combining Connected Care and Health Devices to support people to live independently. It helps to eradicate isolation, improves access to care and outcomes for people who use it. Smart Home Technology is a range of customisable intelligent assistive technologies, remote patient monitoring system and care services.

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Angela Weeks and a Service Dog in Training
PTSD Dogs Australia

Presentation Title: Living Life Unleashed

Our Emergency and Defence Force personnel protect and serve, but they often pay a heavy price both mentally and physically.  This session will examine a new program which rescues & repurposes shelter dogs, allowing both the dog and our affected service personnel to Live Life Unleashed. Learn through case studies and practical examples of how a shelter dog can be specially trained to mitigate individual disabilities and shine a light into the darkness that is PTSD.


Stage One:

9:30am – 10:00am
Ronnie Benbow, Founding Director and Janelle Watt,  Ambassador and Carer
The Carers Foundation Australia

Presentation Title: Who Cares for Carers?

The Carers Foundation Australia, Information about the wellness programs – what they do, Young Carers Program, Adult Carers Programs, Eligibility to attend, Why carers need to have regular breaks to maintain their own health, why they do what they do.

10:30am – 11:00am
David Campbell
Scanning Pens Australia

Presentation Title: The Reader Pen – Reads Aloud to those with Reading Difficulties

The Reader Pen converts text to speech and reads words out loud for those people that have difficulties in reading. The pens are used by thousands around the world and assist people with conditions such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dementia, stroke victims, brain injuries or vision impairment including macular degeneration.

11:30am – 12:00pm
Carla Van Heerden
Mollii Brisbane and Sunshine Coast / Synergistix Allied Health

Presentation Title: Mollii what? The Mollii suit – an innovative assistive technology in the form of a suit!

This presentation aims to introduce the Mollii suit, an innovative assistive technology designed to improve functional mobility. The audience will hear about the suit and be able to see what it looks like, as well as the theoretical underpinnings and indications for its use. Case study examples will be used to illustrate concepts.

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Jacqui Barton
Think Mobility Pty Ltd

Presentation Title: Think products and how they can assist

Who Think Mobility are and products that will assist you in everyday life and recovery.

1:30pm – 2:00pm
Melissa Kyriakacis
Better Rehabilitation

Presentation Title: The Coach Approach: Helping your loved one achieve their goals

A reflection on the benefits of taking off the ‘expert hat’ as an allied health professional to walk side by side with the client, their caregivers and support systems from an interdisciplinary team perspective.

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Mark Lowry
Alex Gow Funerals

Presentation Title: Understanding Grief & Bereavement

As a family therapist & counsellor, Mark Lowry threads a warm & insightful layer of experience into his popular training sessions for staff serving in the mental health and aged care sectors, members of family support groups, or retirement village residents.

Stage Two:

10:00am – 10:30am
Julie Patterson – Managing Director of Therapy Pro
Therapy Pro

Presentation Title: Walking alongside families is what we do at Therapy Pro

As a parent, Julie managed the early intervention of her children by handpicking a therapy team; their focus was real outcomes for each child. The children’s growth and lifelong potential were strengthened by Julie’s inclusion in the team. That experience underpins Julie’s business Therapy Pro, where working together, being outcomes-focused, is the best way to support people and their goals.

11:00am – 11:30am
Emily Rigby

Presentation Title: Medicinal Cannabis: a ‘new’ frontier in human health

Emily is a passionate advocate for Medicinal Cannabis – promoting Australian patient access, education and regulatory reform. Her expertise includes patient access, education, regulatory compliance, licensing and permit applications, facility design, cultivation methods and research from seed to patient. Emily is dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding the Cannabis plant and facilitating the emerging medicinal cannabis industry in Australia.

12:00pm – 12:30pm
Damon Inness and Andrew Graham
Astute Brisbane Central

Presentation Title: An Introduction to Aged Care Financial Planning

Come along to their presentation to understand what are the financial considerations you need to ponder before you or someone you love enters an aged care facility.

1:00pm – 1:30pm
Alison Layton
Caring for Carers Australia

Presentation Title: Carers caring for themselves and the retreats we offer them.

Caring for Carers Australia is privileged to provide unpaid Carers mid-week and weekend retreats to help them relax and make them feel honoured and acknowledged for who they are and what they do.

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Yvonne Legoll

Presentation Title: Introduction to Hireup

Hireup harnesses the power of technology to revolutionise the way Australians with disability find, hire and manage their own support workers. People coming together with shared interests is what’s really at the heart of Hireup; the idea that you can connect with someone not just because they fit your needs but because they share your interests.