Future of work series: positive ageing

Future of work series: positive ageing

Nov 13
CEDA is pleased to welcome Ashton Applewhite, anti-ageism activist,  to inspire and challenge your thinking around the untapped potential of the ageing workforce.


Ashton Applewhite, Writer and anti-ageism activist
Julianne Parkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Global Centre for Modern Ageing
David Place, Chief Executive Officer, SA Ambulance Service
Jane Mussared, Chief Executive of COTA SA

Event overview

With much of the workforce approaching traditional retiring age, there is an economic imperative to shift our historic views and practices on retirement towards new and meaningful forms of engagement and participation that drives increased productivity. 

This event follows on from the discussion led by CEDA earlier in the year with Dr John Beard MBBS PhD, former Director of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization, where the three key take-outs from this session were:

  • the need to better understand the opportunities and requirements of ageing consumers;
  • fighting the stigma of ageing within the workplace is critical to driving success in the workplaces of the future; and
  • the opportunities and impact of volunteering, part-time work and flexibility.

Event presentations

Ashton Applewhite, writer and anti-ageing activist MP3

David Place, SA Ambulance Service MP3

Julianne Parkinson, Global Centre for Modern Ageing MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Ashton Applewhite
Writer and anti-ageism activist

Ashton Applewhite is a leading voice in an emerging movement dedicated to dismantling ageism and making age a part of diversity. The author of 'This Chair Rocks' and a TED mainstage speaker, she reveals the untapped possibilities of late life—in our communities, at work, and in ourselves. She has been recognized by The New York Times, NPR, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and The New York Times. And she speaks widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the Library of Congress, United Nations.

Meet the panel

Julianne Parkinson
Chief Executive Officer, Global Centre for Modern Ageing

Julianne Parkinson is the CEO of the Global Centre for Modern Ageing. With more than 25 years’ experience in leadership roles, including Ernst &Young, KPMG and SA Government, Julianne specialises in strategic planning, business development and complex stakeholder engagement. Julianne has led large scale economic and social transformational engagements including Ageing Well initiatives focused on changing the narrative around ageing and articulating the business and social opportunities of realising the largely untapped asset of people as they age.  

David Place
Chief Executive Officer, SA Ambulance Service

David was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SA Ambulance Service in December 2018. David previously held the position of Chief Executive of the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) and Chair of the SAFECOM Board to which the State Emergency Service (SES), Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and Country Fire Service (CFS) report. He was also previously Chief Officer of the SES and was a senior executive for the SA Ambulance Service (SAAS), involved in Regional Operations, Communications and other Corporate Services. David commenced with SAAS in 1984 and spent 10 years as a frontline Ambulance Officer prior to being promoted through the operational ranks. 

Meet the chair

Jane Mussared
Chief Executive of COTA SA

Jane Mussared is the Chief Executive of the Council on the Ageing in South Australia (COTA SA), the peak body promoting the rights, needs and interests of older South Australians. Jane came to COTA SA in 2015 from ACH Group where she had been part of their Executive team since 2001, initially managing the Health and Community Services Division and then heading up People and Innovation. Prior to that Jane was the Manager of the State Government Office for the Ageing.

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