COTA Australia National Policy Forum 2019

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National Press Club

16 National Circuit

Barton, Australian Capital Territory 2600


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Challenging Ageism: What is it and what would Australia look like without it?

in collaboration with the EveryAGE Counts Campaign

Ageism is discrimination against our future selves. It can affect every one of us. Ageism can be found in attitudes or beliefs, in behaviours, or even formalised policy and practices. Yet often it is misunderstood and goes unseen in the policy development processes and unchallenged in private or public behaviour and discussions.

How do we identify ageism, what drives it and what impact does it cause? What are the ‘opportunity costs’ of ageism and its impact on public policy and the economy? How can we best respond to ageism in our private and professional lives?

The 2019 COTA Australia Policy Forum in conjunction with the EveryAGE Counts Campaign will bring together older Australians, academics, regulators and public policy makers to explore the intersection between ageism and public policy in Australia. Together we will identify a future vision for an Australia without ageism.

The final program is available at:

Date: Thursday 13 June 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600


Ticket sales close on Thursday 6 June 2019 at 11:59PM AEST.

Tickets are available at a reduced price for COTA individual members and COTA organisational members. Please call your state COTA to enquire about membership.

General Admission: $315
COTA Individual Member: $135
COTA Organisational Member: $235

For more information:

  • Call: (02) 6154 9740
  • Email:
  • Write: COTA Australia, Suite 9, 16 National Circuit, Barton, ACT 2600

National Policy Forum Program - FINAL

Facilitator: Caroline Baum

9:15 – 9:30

Facilitator Welcome: Caroline Baum

Welcome to Country: Violet Sheridan

Welcome from COTA Australia: Ian Yates AM, Chief Executive, COTA Australia

9:30 – 10:00
Keynote: Ageism faced by older people and what drives it
Kirsty Nowlan, Executive Director, The Benevolent Society

10:00 – 10:40
Ageism and employment
Facilitated by Caroline Baum
Peter Woolcott AO, Australian Public Service Commissioner
Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
Mike Rungie, Committee member, EveryAGE Counts

10:40 – 11:10
Morning Tea

11:10 – 11:40
Keynote: The economic impact of ageism
Emma Dawson, Executive Director, Per Capita

11:40 – 12:10
Imagery and imagination – older people in the media and public discourse
Facilitated by Caroline Baum
Jenny Taylor, Director, Market Research Unit, Department of Health
Fiona Jolly, CEO, Ad Standards Australia

12.10 – 1.10
Opportunity to take the pledge to stand for a world without ageism

1:10 – 1:55
Responding to ageism – what’s public policy got to do with it?
Facilitated by Sue McGrath, Senior Policy Advisor, EveryAGE Counts Campaign
Kathryn Greiner AO, NSW Retirement Village Ambassador and Chair of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing.
Lin Hatfield-Dodds, Associate Dean, Australia and New Zealand School of Government

1:55 – 2:40
What lessons on anti-ageism can be learnt from diverse communities and other campaigns for social change?
Facilitated by: Corey Irlam, COTA Australia
Tom Calma, Chancellor, University of Canberra
Daniel Coase, Policy and Project Officer, Federation of Ethnic Communities Council
Kirsten Deane, Campaign Director, Every Australian Counts Campaign

2:40 – 2:55
Afternoon Tea

2:55 – 3:35
Ageism in Aged Care and Health Care
Proposition: Ian Yates AM, CE, COTA Australia
Respondent 1: Patricia Sparrow, CEO, Aged and Community Services Australia
Respondent 2: Leanne Wells, CEO, Consumers Health Forum

3:35 – 4:15
Moving towards an Australia without ageism
Anne Burgess, Board member, COTA South Australia
John McCallum, CEO, National Seniors Australia
Marlene Krasovitsky, Director, EveryAGE Counts

4:15 – 4:30
Concluding remarks: Caroline Baum

4:30 – 4:40
Closing Thanks: Ian Yates AM, COTA Australia

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National Press Club

16 National Circuit

Barton, Australian Capital Territory 2600


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