Switzerland and Global Ageing Innovations – how to be a bold leader…

Fiona Onslow1

1Hobart District Nursing Service Inc

In 2015 I, Fiona Onslow was the successful recipient of a Bursary of $5000 through ACST to attend a

SAGE tour that I will be attending in September 2017 in Switzerland. The tour chosen encompasses attendance to the Global International Ageing Conference. The tour will focus is on innovation in care and engagement at a Senior Executive level.

I will be engaging with Swiss senior managers, local government representatives and peak industry associations. This tour will allow me to gain fresh insights into care delivery for my organisations and Tasmanian aged care industry.

I would like ACSA Tasmania to get the news hot off the press…

Why of interest?

As the aged care industry faces many challenges in a market driven force we need to open our

thinking to what is happening in other parts of the world.  Be brave in how we focus on the increasing challenges we face and be prepared to get uncomfortable with how we take our organisations into the new space of aged care delivery.  I plan to enlighten other leaders in the aged care sector and present on the key learnings of the conference and tour, provide insights to future aspirations we, as a sector, can develop challenge the looming workforce crisis, reflects bold leadership and provides an innovative focus.

Fiona Onslow is the Director of State Operations at The District Nurses in Tasmania.  Fiona is a

Registered Nurse with a Post-Graduate in Family and Community Health.  Fiona has worked in rural, regional and metropolitan facilities during her 19 year career in nursing and management positions.

Fiona is the recipient of the 2015 Aged Care Bursary to attend an International SAGE Tour, the

National finalist for HESTA Nursing Awards Team Innovation 2015, and her organisation were

Awarded 2014 Aged Care Organisation of the year.  Fiona has had two publications in 2016 firstly on a participatory care model that supports connectedness and mental health outcomes in community- dwelling older people and secondly in regards to an after hours model for palliative care helping people remain in their home and reducing the burden on the ambulance and emergency departments.

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