Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference


Sue McLintock

Manager, Carer Positive Awards, Carers Scotland

Sue McLintock is manager of the Carer Positive employer awards programme which is funded by the Scottish Government, and was launched in Scotland in 2014. 


- Sue McLintock Resized

Sue joined Carers Scotland in 2013 to undertake the development and implementation of the Carer Positive initiative, working closely with employers, carers, the Scottish Government and other stakeholders in shaping the Carer Positive framework and its delivery.  Sue is now responsible for promoting and operating the programme across the country, and engages with public, private and voluntary sector employers to raise awareness of the business case for supporting working carers. Over 125 organisations in Scotland are now recognised as Carer Positive employers.

Sue has a background in economic and social policy, working initially in Scottish local government, and then within consultancy, focusing on employability and labour market interventions for disadvantaged groups.

Presenting on Thursday 11 October 2018
Keynote address:
Carer Positive: Supporting working carers in Scotland’
Masterclass: ‘Carer Positive: Sharing best practice in how employers can support carers’

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 



- Julian Thomas Resized

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. 

Presenting on Thursday 11 October 2018
Keynote address:
 'Digital Inclusion in Australia' 
Panellist: Professor Thomas will also feature as a panellist on the Q&A panel ‘Going Digital: Solutions for Carer Inclusion.’


Professor Marian Baird

Professor of Gender and Work & Chair of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies , University of Sydney Business School


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Marian Baird AO is Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School.

In 2016 Marian was awarded an AO for outstanding services to improving the quality of women’s working lives and for contributions to tertiary education in 2016 and in this year she was named in Apolitical's Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality list.

Marian is one of Australia's leading researchers in the fields of women, work and care. She is Chief Investigator on a number of significant research grants, including the Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and The Australian Women’s Work Futures project.

Marian is a very engaged researcher, working with many government departments, organisations, unions and not-for-profits to improve Australian workplace policies and the position for women at work and in society more broadly.

Presenting on Friday 12 October 2018
Plenary address:
‘Carers Needs and Policy Context’

Don Ferguson

Group Executive, Integrated Care, icare NSW


- Don Ferguson Resized

Don has over 25 years management experience across the health, community support and disability services sectors in NSW.  Don’s key strengths include leadership, strategy and change management.  Before joining icare,  Don was an executive director of NSW Ageing, Disability and Home Care, where he led several cross-sector reforms to improve services and outcomes for people with disability. 

Don leads icare’s Integrated Care division which includes Lifetime Care, Dust Diseases Care and Workers Care as well as the icare Foundation and Health and Community Engagement teams.  He is also currently a co-chairman of the Sargood Centre. 

Don has completed a Master of Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Presenting on Thursday 11 October 2018
Keynote Address:
Co-designing tomorrow’

Steve Kinmond

NSW Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman


- Steve Kinmond Resized

Steve has been the NSW Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman for 14 years. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Ombudsman (Police) for eight years.

Steve has legislative responsibility for reviewing and promoting improvements in community and disability services; reviewing the deaths of people with disability and children; handling complaints about government and non-government community and disability services; and ensuring relevant agencies appropriately respond to reportable incidents involving people with disability in supported accommodation and allegations of child abuse made against ‘employees’. He has also had extensive involvement in reviewing service delivery and justice issues affecting Aboriginal communities.

Steve has close to 30 years of investigative experience, and has also worked as a solicitor and run his own consultancy practice.

Presenting on Friday 12 October 2018
Plenary Address:
 Lessons learnt by the NSW Ombudsman about improving the handling of complaints by carers about disability and mainstream services’

Dr Mary Larkin

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies, The Open University, UK


- Mary Larkin Resized

Dr Mary Larkin is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care at the Open University in the UK. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Mary’s own personal experiences of caring led to her long-standing interest in carer research. Mary has led many research projects; undertaken consultancies; published widely; is a member of a number of national and international (professional, government and public) bodies; has extensive networks within the carers field; and is often invited to give presentations about her work.

Over the past few years Mary has been committed to maximising the potential of the existing carer- related knowledge and evidence base to inform policy, services and interventions to support carers. To this end she co-founded the International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) (for which she is also Reviews Editor) and set up a Carer-Related Knowledge Exchange Network (CAREN) which has significant implications in terms of improving the lives of the ever-increasing number of carers across the world by utilising existing information much more effectively.

Presenting on Friday 12 October 2018
Keynote Address:
Carer resilience: ways forward for evidence-based policy and practice’

Tish Bruce

Executive Director, Health and Social Policy Branch, NSW Ministry of Health 


- Tish Bruce Resized

Tish is responsible for the development, implementation and governance of health policy and strategy in aged care; maternal, child, youth and paediatrics; primary and community care; and priority populations. Tish has worked in the NSW public health sector as a clinician and manager across a range of service settings and geographic areas.  She has managed significant health system implementation and reforms. Sue has a particular interest in the interface between health systems; acute and community care, community and primary care, and health and social care.

Presenting on Friday 12 October 2018
Plenary Address:
‘How NSW Health is enhancing palliative care support for carers’




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