17 - 18 March, 2021 |
International Convention Centre, Sydney
Duncan McKellar, Head of Unit, Older Persons' Mental Health Service at Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Duncan McKellar


Head of Unit, Older Persons' Mental Health Service
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Duncan.

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Aged Care Day One: Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020


12:00 PM Interstate Panel Discussion: What will the Final Report of the Aged Care Royal Commission Mean for Australia?

With the final report set to be released in November 2020, it’s time to reflect on what recommendations you can expect to come out of the Royal Commission, including:​

  • Implications for funding
  • Development of sustainable, skilled workforce
  • Management of safety and quality
  • Collaboration across non-government, Commonwealth and state health sectors
  • Clarified expectations for the future of aged care

3:30 PM Rebuilding Trust after Failure: Key learnings from the Inquiry into the Oakden Older Persons’ Mental Health Service and South Australian Service Reform

The Oakden Older Persons’ Mental Health Service in Adelaide provided residential aged care services to people with complex needs resulting from dementia or enduring mental illness. The campus was closed in 2017 after the landmark Oakden Report led by the South Australian Chief Psychiatrist, which revealed systemic failures in governance, culture and care. 

As a co-author of the Oakden Report and subsequent clinical lead of reform processes, Duncan will discuss key learnings with a particular focus on how to:

  • Ensure the lived experience and voice of people and their families remain at the centre of service development and accountability
  • Redesign services to respond to the needs of clinically complex populations, particularly those with severe to extreme responsive behaviours resulting from dementia or enduring mental illness
  • Deliver compassionate care with excellence through workplace cultures that are values-based, psychologically safe and transparent