Invitation to Submit

The organising Committee for the Aged and Community Services (ACST) State Conference 2015 invites you to submit an Expression of Interest to present a paper or short presentation at the ACST State Conference to be held on 19 and 20 November at the Country Club, Launceston.


Authors are invited to submit presentations for possible inclusion in the conference program. Selections of presentations will be made by the ACST 2015 State Conference Organising Committee. Expressions of Interest in presenting a paper or a short presentation (snippet) must be received by close of business Friday 29 May.

Please note that the decision to accept or not accept an Expression of Interest is final and no correspondance will be entered into. The ACST 2015 State Conference Organising Committee may also allocate presentations to Workshops other than the presenter’s nominated session to ensure a balanced, diverse and engaging program.

Presentation Format

We invite you to submit presentations in the formats below.


Presenting a paper of 20 minute during in any of the workshop streams listed below.

Short Presentation

Making a short presentation of 5 – 10 minutes. These short presentations will be made in the Snippets from the Sector plenary sessions and/or in the Workshop streams. You may wish to present as a team with other staff. The format provides an opportunity for people who are keen to share their experiences, successes and plans and to raise questions in a supportive environment.

Each Expression of Interest must include the following information:
  • Name of presenter/s
  • Employer of presenter/s
  • Workshop title or snippets from the sector plenary
  • Presentation title
  • Outline of Presentation (no more than 300 words)
  • Why the presentation/topic will be of interest to Conference participants
  • Short biography of presenters/s (no more than 100 words in total)

Expressions of Interest are invited for the following Workshop Streams:

Workshop 1 – Your future workforce

The workshop will focus on the theory of preparing and supporting your current workforce through reform and the reality of implementing change on the ground. Are we attracting and recruiting the numbers we need and “right fit” employee? What are examples of effective workforce planning, new job roles, succession planning, redesign of the workflow, team approaches to care and service delivery, new workforce development approaches and education programs – have they been good in theory and also offered practical and successful outcomes?

Workshop 2 – Empowered people – the new customer environment

This workshop will consider the theory, reality and impact of the empowered consumer – one who knows what he/she wants and how to get it. Are clients/residents changing? What have been the impacts of Consumer Directed Care? Could CDC operate in residential care? What implications does an empowered consumer group have for provider organisations? Who is the consumer?

Workshop 3 – Leading

Our sector has some great leadership stories. We want to hear them. Share your experiences with this workshop. Who are the leaders in your organisation and what difference do they make? How do people lead at work no matter what role they have? What has been learned from overseas study tours?

Workshop 4 – Change, innovation and specialisation

Every day, people working in aged care services a make a huge impact on the lives of others. This workshop will provide a chance for people who do good work every day, who have developed and implemented new approaches in care and services to share their story with the sector. These impacts/innovations may have occurred in dementia care, palliative care, mental health, young people in resident ail care wellness and reablement approaches of other areas. Is there a gap between the theory and reality of the new approaches?

Workshop 5 – Technology – the great enabler

This is an opportunity to share the productivity and other benefits of new systems, technology and approaches that are on the horizon or have been implemented. Has the reality matched the promise? Has technology changed work on the floor and on the road? What unanticipated benefits, if any, have emerged?

Workshop 6 – Collaboration and competition – can they coexist?

In this session we will focus on how organisation that might compete with each other for resources, workforce, technology, marketing, business development, systems and consumers can work together. Can we make the theory of co-operation and the sharing economy a reality?

Workshop 7 – Creative, inclusive and engaging aged services

The aged services sector is a creative and diverse sector serving a diverse community. Have you implemented specific strategies and programs to meet the needs of our clients and communities? How has this changed the sector? What can we do to be truly inclusive? What have you done to make sure everyone is included and engaged? What have you done that is different to engage your residents/clients?

Workshop 8 – Finance and good governance in a reform environment

This workshop will consider the theory and the reality of the new financial arrangements in the aged services sector, the impact on organisations and consumers and the future risks for organisations.  It will also focus on the nature of good governance and the role of Boards and Board members in a reform environment.

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