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Keynote Speaker Announcements! 

We’re gathering an exciting lineup of speakers who will share a wealth of experience and expertise in fields such as older persons' rights, health care, law and advocacy. Their presentations promise to ignite discussions, challenge perspectives and inspire action!

Check back regularly over the coming weeks as we unveil further program details.

In-person and virtual registrations on sale now!

Jane Caro AM

Day 1 Opening Keynote - 9:30am Monday 22 July 2024

Jane is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, feminist and public education activist. With an illustrious career spanning advertising, academia and the literary world, she brings a wealth of rich experiences to our event.

With 13 published books under her belt, Jane continues to contribute valuable insights through her columns for Nine Media, The Big Smoke and articles for The Saturday Paper and The Guardian. You might also catch her on Nine’s Today and Today Extra and ABC’s The Drum.

Beyond her literary pursuits, Jane enthusiastically takes on diverse projects, including writer’s festivals, speaking engagements and developing a TV series. Her versatility and dedication make her the perfect keynote speaker for our conference.

Get ready for an enlightening session as Jane Caro joins us to shed light on the crucial issue of addressing and preventing the abuse of older people!

Tracey Curro

Day 2 Opening Keynote - 9:30am Tuesday 23 July 2024

Tracey Curro is a former 60 Minutes reporter, and a Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Alumnus. She has over 20 years’ experience as a journalist, producer and presenter in mainstream media.

With her strong journalism background and experience in business, government, and corporate communications, Tracey is highly skilled at handling information and issues, and can engage with diverse audiences and stakeholders across a wide range of sectors.

In 2023, following the death of her father, Tracey shared publicly the harrowing story of her elderly father’s neglect and abuse as an ex-partner and relatives sought to wrest control of his affairs from his daughters in a two-year battle through the legal and administrative systems.

Her distinguished career on flagship news and public affairs programs combined with her lived experience makes Tracey uniquely placed to provide a powerful personal narrative as a keynote speaker.

Philippa McDonald

Conference MC

Philippa McDonald is one of Australia's most trusted and respected journalists. After 30 years at the ABC reporting from all over Australia and the world, she has spent the last three years committed to raising awareness of elder abuse through EAAA's webinars and Compass. This is the second time she has MCed the conference.

Over the past year Philippa has also been working in Timor Leste with the ABC International Development team and RTTL, the young nation's public broadcaster, to help establish an English speaking TV News service.