17 September 2019 | Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Gain practical skills from exciting keynotes and workshops at the conference
Read more about what the day will hold below.

Living and Ageing Well Conference
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Session summary


   8 a.m.–9 p.m.

Registration open



   9–9.15 a.m.

Conference welcome

 Amy Schulenburg

Introduction and housekeeping

   9.15–10.15 a.m.

Keynote speaker: Humour and

Debi Tyler

This course will provide an overview of humour related to brain change and the role of laughter as both a support for those living with dementia and a survival strategy for ourselves as caregivers.

   10.15–10.45 a.m.

Morning tea



   10.45–11.45 a.m.

Keynote speaker: Reminiscence and life story interventions

 Professor Sunil Bahar

This session will introduce a range of interventions involving reminiscence and life story work for improving emotional wellbeing and mental health in older adults

   11.45–11.50 a.m.

Presenter changeover



   11.50 a.m.–
   12.50 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Quality of life and the built environment

Professor Richard Fleming

The session will involve consideration of the application of a number of design principles that have been found to be associated with the quality of life of people living with dementia across a range of settings.

   12.50–1.45 p.m.




   1.45–2.45 p.m. 

Workshop session 1

Debi Tyler

Incorporating humour into our practice can initially be challenging and uncomfortable. But like everything, it gets easier with practice.  This workshop will provide an interactive opportunity to use humor while examining our perspectives and strengthening our clinical skills.

   2.45–2.50 p.m.

Changeover time



   2.50–3.50 p.m.

Workshop session 2

Professor Sunil Bahar

During this workshop, you’ll practise identifying which types of interventions are best suited to different settings and client populations through group case studies and also by considering your own workplace and clients.

You will also have the opportunity to practice the skills involved in reminiscence and life story interventions with your peers.

    3.50–3.55 p.m.

Changeover time



   3.55–4.55 p.m.

Workshop session 3

Professor Richard Fleming

This workshop will give you the opportunity to practise analysing environments using the design principles you learned during the morning keynote.

We will explore some case studies together and then you’ll have time to consider and discuss the environment of some of your clients with the option of using an online tool to assist with your environmental assessment.

   5–5.15 p.m.

Conference close

Amy Schulenburg

Closing formalities


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