Keynote Speakers and Presentations

Carers NSW 2015 Biennial Conference

Keynote Speakers and Presentations

- dominic campbellDominic Campbell
Director and Founder of FutureGov
Theme: Innovation
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Dominic Campbell is a digital government entrepreneur with a background in government policy and technology-led change.

He is an experienced in organisational change and has senior management experience in implementing successful change initiatives within public services, with a primary interest in emerging uses of digital to deliver public service transformation and social innovation.

Having spent five years in government in London, Dominic established FutureGov in early 2008. A team of 40, FutureGov supports government in the UK and Australia in the areas of business improvement and improved citizen engagement.

Dominic is also co-founder of several social web start-ups:

  • Patchwork a collaboration tool for multi-agency working, currently focused on children and families intervention
  • Casserole: a peer-to-peer meals on wheels service
  • Enabled by Design: a community of people with disabilities interested in Design for All.

Recently FutureGov have been working with Havering Council in London to take a radical relook at carers services and how digital might transform the relationship between public services and the carers they support.

Dominic was recently voted in the top 50 most influential people in UK local government.

- Leah RuppannerDr Leah Ruppanner
Lecturer of Sociology
University of Melbourne
Theme: Inclusion/Diversity
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Dr Leah Ruppanner’s research focuses on work and family issues with particular focus on the impact of macro-structural gender equality and public policy. Her current research agenda focuses on health and well-being outcomes for families across the world. This research is currently funded by the 2015 ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) for her project on “Family Well-Being: The Role of Public Policy”.

Her recent work on caregiving finds female carers living in countries with cultural expectations for in-home family care report lower health and well-being.  Dr Ruppanner’s research has been featured in Slate, the Guardian and the Age.

- Karen JonesDr Karen Jones
Senior Research Fellow
PSSRU, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
University of Kent

Theme: Inclusion
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Dr Karen Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, England.

Dr Jones has been involved in a number of evaluations that have explored the effectiveness and costs of personal budgets in both social and health care, which sit at the heart of the personalisation agenda in England.

Karen managed the evaluation of the personal health budget pilot programme, which followed being a quantitative analyst during the social care evaluation that explored the effectiveness of individual budgets. A key objective for both evaluations was to identify whether personal budgets ensured better outcomes when compared to conventional service delivery for carers and care recipients by giving greater choice and control over the type of support they accessed.

- David MaumeDr David J. Maume
Professor of Sociology
University of Cincinnati

Theme: Diversity
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David J. Maume is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati (USA), and is the immediate past President of the Southern Sociological Society. 

He has published extensively on the conflicts between work responsibilities and family life, and gender inequality in the labor market.  His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

- alexandra heronAlexandra Heron
Research Associate
Women and Work Research Group
University of Sydney Business School
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Alexandra is a Research Associate at the University of Sydney Business School Women and Work Research Group where she is also undertaking a Ph.D. on how employers & employees respond when employees assume eldercare responsibilities, and the reasons for such responses. This is building on earlier research which she and Prof Marian Baird have undertaken on this issue.

She has a legal background, and has practised as a legal aid and union lawyer in London. Subsequently she has worked in a range of research, policy and teaching positions in Australia, France and England. Her focus is on employment, discrimination and gender issues and the impact of caring responsibilities on women’s, and increasingly men’s, lives. She has a particular interest in the implementation of flexible working practices and the factors influencing this.





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