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Australia’s growing social economy - opportunities and challenges for business
The rapid growth of the social economy is accelerating, driven by the roll out of the NDIS, an ageing population and the findings of major reviews including the current Royal Commission into aged care.
Technology, innovation and new ways of working will be essential to address capability and capacity gaps created by such unprecedented growth – as will attracting and retaining appropriately qualified people.
RMIT University is leading a multi-pronged, multi-disciplinary approach to navigating the complex challenges ahead. Together with the right policy settings, this will become the foundations for a thriving social economy sector.
Hear from experts from RMIT for a discussion.
Date and time:
Friday 3 May 2019
9 - 11am
RMIT University Storey Hall
336-348 Swanston St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Emma King is a leading advocate on social justice issues for the community sector in her role as CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS). She was previously CEO of the Early Learning Association Australia (formerly Kindergarten Parents Victoria) and has extensive experience working in the public sector as well as with education and workforce issues.
Micaela Cronin is an outstanding contributor to the field of social services and is the newly appointed Director of the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI). She has extensive leadership and governance experience in service delivery across a broad range of fields. Notably, Micaela served as the global CEO of Hagar International and as CEO of MacKillop Family Services.
Tony Graham is the Associate Dean, Social Futures at the School of Vocational Design and Social Context at RMIT. He is a trusted voice in health and community services, with more than 30 years’ experience in the sector across various governance and senior management roles at a state and regional level.
Dr Leah Heiss
Dr Leah Heiss is a designer and RMIT academic working across healthcare, technology and experience. She has collaborated with experts in nanotechnology, engineering, health services and manufacturing to bring human-centred technologies and experiences to life. She most recently designed Facett, the world’s first self-fit modular hearing aid for profit-for-purpose company, Blamey Saunders hears.
MC: Professor David Hayward
Professor David Hayward is one of the foremost authorities on public policy, governance and management. He is an Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and the Social Economy in the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI), served as Acting Director of FSSI for two year and is now assisting the newly appointed Director, Micaela Cronin.