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Late March 2021


Abstract submissions are now CLOSED

We are in a new decade and the pace of change experienced in the aged care sector continues to accelerate.

The Royal Commission findings have the potential to fundamentally change the way care is provided and aged care organisations operate.
This new world brings both challenges and opportunities.

At the 33rd ACSA National Online Summit, we invite active discussion to explore the recent setbacks and ask the tough questions.
We aim to develop a shared vision for the future of aged care and bring the sector together to realise that vision.
What practical steps can we take to ensure our services are sustainable while delivering the standard of care for older Australians that our community expects?

The key themes of the program are:

Reflections and Recovery
Quality and Sustainability
Needed Future Workforce
Future Visions for Person-centred Care
Emerging technologies


Reflections and Recovery
2020 has seen unprecedented events of the 2019/2020 bushfires coupled with the swift and devastating challenge of COVID-19. Providers have had no option but to adapt within a never-before-seen rapidly changing clinical and business environment while ensuring the safety of their customers and staff. The Summit will enable providers an important opportunity to reflect on what we have learned and share our stories of resilience and our recovery. Sample topics may include:

  • Learnings from responding to the pandemic
  • Clinical management to prevent disease outbreaks
  • Communication management in a crisis
  • Managing successful interactions with health authorities
  • Changing the narrative / the way things are done
  • Resilience
  • Recovery planning

Quality and Sustainability
How we sustainably provide quality aged care is one of the largest challenges for providers, whether it be in a person’s home and community, residential care or in retirement living. Quality care is well beyond compliance and is attainable with funding that is appropriate while fostering a sustainable sector. Sample topics may include:

  • Funding and financial sustainability
  • Managing clinical quality
  • Moving beyond compliance
  • Governance and ethics
  • Providing inclusive and culturally safe care
  • Regional, rural and remote care
  • Caring for the most disadvantaged
  • Housing and accommodation solutions
  • Advances in dementia care

Needed Future Workforce
The aged care sector is embedded in people caring for people.  The aged care workforce will need to triple in size by 2050. With many providers already struggling to retain and recruit staff at all levels, we will explore what the needed future workforce will look like.  We will also investigate opportunities to boost and maintain “right fit” staffing and employee wellbeing. Sample topics may include:

  • Labour capacities
  • Recruitment and retention strategies
  • Workforce planning and the skills mix
  • Employee relations
  • Building our workforce in rural, regional and remote areas
  • Training and professional development
  • Leadership and management
  • Ensuring a healthy workplace culture
  • The interaction between staff wellbeing and productivity

Future Visions for Person-centred Care
Our central focus is on the people we care for. What does it mean to be truly person-centred and how can we continue to integrate this into our services and business models? How do we take a holistic approach to wellbeing and promote healthy and active ageing? Sample topics may include:

  • What the resident wants and managing resident expectations
  • The balance between safety, good clinical care and resident choice
  • Attracting residents through ethical sales and marketing
  • Integrating a resident focus into everyday operations
  • Reablement and restorative practices
  • Supporting residents with complex backgrounds or needs
  • Allied health and alternate therapies
  • Creativity and social interaction
  • Food and nutrition

Emerging Technologies
New technologies are integral to aged care. Advances in technology can help us build efficient and sustainable services but are not ends in themselves. The role of technology should be to improve the quality of care, enabling appropriate levels of human interaction, recognising aged care is a human service.  Sample topics may include:

  • Smarter ways to higher quality data
  • Transplanting technology from other sectors to aged care
  • Smart building design
  • Increasing consumer independence using digital technology
  • Automation
  • Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Assistive technologies
  • Virtual reality
  • Nanotechnology
You are required to note a preferred presentation format.
The committee may request that you consider an alternative format.
Presentations will be allocated to the program taking into account author preference and balance of the program.


  • 30 minutes in duration, plus 10-minutes for question time.


  • 40 minutes in duration.

Submissions are due by 14 FEBRUARY 2021

Abstracts received after this date will not be accepted.

Submit via the presentation portal on this website (see box above).

PRESENTATION abstracts should include:

  • Title
  • A precis of the presentation of no more than 250 words
  • State the value of the information to the delegates and how it relates to the ACSA Summit.
  • If applicable, please indicate outcomes of any projects or business improvement exercises related to your presentation


All abstracts received will be reviewed and selected by the program committee. They will determine if abstracts are accepted as oral or workshop presentation formats with consideration given to the author’s preference and program balance. The program committee will assess all submissions based on merit and may accept your presentation in a different category to your preferred format.

Authors (or the person submitting on behalf of the author) will be notified via email on a rolling basis regarding the status of their abstract.


It is mandatory for all presenters to register for the summit and pay the appropriate registration fee.

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