Q&A Panel - Going Digital: Solutions for carer inclusion


Thursday 11 October 2018

 Moderated by Fenella Kernebone

- Fenella Kernebone

Fenella Kernebone is the Head of Curation for TEDxSydney responsible for leading the programming for one of the largest TEDx events in the world.

Fenella is also a noted television and radio presenter and producer and has hosted radio and television shows on ABC TV, SBS TV, RN, Triple J, podcasts such as It's a Long Story for Sydney Opera House Podcast and the TEDxSydney Livestream and Adventure Series.

Fenella is also in demand as an MC, presenter, interviewer and keynote speaker and has hosted countless events around the country and internationally. She is also a presentation and public speaking trainer, Ideas Curator and Creative Consultant.  

Professor Julian Thomas

Director of the Social Change Enabling Capability Platform and Director of the Technology, Communications and Policy Lab, Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT University

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Professor Julian Thomas is Director of RMIT's Social Change Enabling Capability Platform, and Director of the Technology, Communications and Policy Lab in the university’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre. He works on new media, information policy and the evolution of communications technologies. Julian is the lead author of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (Telstra, 2016-18), and has published widely on privacy, communications policy and regulation. 

Jessica Perrin

Manager, Digital Inclusion and Social Innovation,  Infoxchange

- Jessica Perrin

Jess leads Infoxchange’s social impact programs to ensure no-one is left behind in today’s digital world. With a formidable bunch of partners, Infoxchange are tackling the biggest social challenges through the smart and creative use of technology. Jess’ career has focused on building partnerships to support and scale innovative social justice projects with organisations such as CARE Australia, Amnesty International and UNICEF. She brings over 10 years of international experience, most recently from the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London where she was the Head of Global Programs.

Jessica Wilson

National Director, Good Things Foundation Australia

- Jessica Wilson

Jess has worked in human services in Australia for over twenty years across government and not-for-profit sectors.  Her roles have ranged from direct service delivery to delivery of statewide health promotion campaigns, strategic policy development, program and legislative review to senior executive roles.

Working with a broad range of stakeholders from government, non-government and corporate sectors, Jess’ focus has been on developing, sourcing funding for and implementing innovative models of service delivery that improve outcomes for people and  communities.

As the National Director for Good Things Foundation Australia, Jess is focused on supporting all Australians to thrive in our digital world. By building a network of thousands of community organisations across the country who support people to learn new digital skills, Jess is leading one of the largest digital inclusion projects in the country. She believes that in our increasingly digital world, access to, and ability to use technology is a human right and no one should be left behind.

Richard Scenna

Director, YourLink Pty Ltd

- Richard Scenna

Richard Scenna is the co-founder of YourLink. YourLink is an award-winning Australian organisation focused on the digital inclusion of seniors, whether living in aged care, a retirement village or the family home. Richard’s enthusiasm and drive comes from his personal desire to create a more inclusive digital and social community for all, particularly seniors. 


Sadie Arida

Young Carer


- Sadie Arida

Sadie Arida is 23 years old and cares for her sister with Sanfilippo Syndrome. She works as an early intervention co-ordinator for NDIS EACH.


Carer Panel - A Conversation with Carers

Thursday 11 October 2018

Facilitated by Jean Kittson

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Jean Kittson is an actor, comedian, author, public speaker and commentator. She is a public advocate for education, youth, health, equal opportunity and aging.

Aside from her work in media and comedy arenas, Jean was a founding Director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) and a founding Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia. She is currently an Ambassador for The Macular Disease Foundation, Northcott Disability Services, The Raise Foundation, Taldumande Youth Services and the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and, most recently, was appointed the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

Jean is an expert in making the general personal, the esoteric accessible, the complex simple and relatable. She is a trailblazer in the role of women, both at home and in education and the workforce, and is the first female to MC events in many previously male dominated industries.

Jean opened the conversation and encouraged the conversation about the role of women in rail and mining, and construction and finance and science. She addresses issues including how to attract more women to industries, sustaining women in leadership roles, the gender pay gap, motherhood and work, the role of mentoring and training and education, and in particular women’s health.

Jean is the author of two books including the definitive book on menopause, ‘You’re Still Hot to Me: The Joys of Menopause,’ which addresses what it is, its management, treatment, and impact on women, family and work.

Jean is known for her bespoke presentations and meticulous research, her warmth, wit, intelligence and insight. Her ability to use humour to break down barriers and to broach taboo topics, to relax and entertain, educate, stimulate and challenge, to introduce new ideas and prepare for change is second to none. Jean is regularly engaged to prepare the way for corporate mergers and company restructuring, to challenge entrenched attitudes and encourage new thinking.

NSW Department of Family and Community Services Carers Investment Program - Innovative projects championing new ways of supporting carers

Friday 12 October 2018

Facilitated by Helen McFarlane

Manager, Strategy Design and Stewardship, Carers, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Kath Walsh

Project Leader, Catholic Care, Wollongong
Project: Deadly SIBS Project

The Family and Siblings Support Program (SIBS) provides social respite to Illawarra families who have a child with a disability or a chronic illness. ‘The Deadly SIBS’ project aims to enhance engagement with Aboriginal families with a focus on supporting young carers who are often seen as the “forgotten carers” and for whom there are few support services available. Funding will be used to establish relationships, provide incentives to participate in the SIBS program, and develop culturally appropriate materials. 

Leonie Winner

State Manager, NSW/ACT, Conservation Volunteers Australia
Project: Green Gym

Green Gym’ is a peer-support program for carers that combines health and social interaction with conservation. Carers come together to tend community parks and gardens and improve their health and wellbeing. Carers will engage in meaningful nature-based activities with other carers, and enjoy healthy exercise which helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Regular attendance will build social connections between people who understand the challenges caring presents.

Terry Robb

Executive Manager, Service Delivery and Quality,Mid Coast Communities
NDIS Rollout Impact on Regional Carers

This research project will consult with carers living in the Mid North Coast area about the impact of the rollout of the NDIS. The project objective is to improve the evidence base, carer engagement and carer health and wellbeing. It is being conducted in partnership with Southern Cross University. The research will investigate if and how employment, education, health and wellbeing outcomes change for carers of NDIS participants, and in what timeframe, as well as whether carers are involved in decisions that affect them and the person joining the NDIS scheme. 

Kishen Kaurah

Mobile-enabled Consumer Products Manager, Program and Product Development NPS

Project: MedicineWise

‘Medicine Wise’ aims to provide information and advice to carers and other stakeholders and improve carers’ access to trusted, evidence-based information through a mobile digital solution. ‘NPS MedicineWise’ will leverage their consumer medicines expertise and their flagship mobile application, the MedicineWise App. Carers will receive relevant information through a technology they are familiar with, and access practical tools that enable them to manage medicines, schedules/prompts and notes, and share necessary information with health professionals. The project also aims to identify gaps in carer information. 



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