Delegates should expect a different focus at this year’s New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) annual conference, set to take place at the SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland from 11-13 September 2018.
The theme for this year’s conference is Embrace the New Normal, in response to the sector’s need to adapt to significant changes over the last few years, particularly the settlement of the pay equity case.
Changes to immigration policies have also impacted the sector, affecting providers’ ability to recruit and retain valuable migrant workers, along with more compliance creep through legislation such as implementation of the Food and Health and Safety Acts.
This year’s event takes a different turn to previous NZACA conferences, which in recent years have had more of a focus on the future. The emphasis this year will be on how providers can embrace the current challenges, survive and work together to influence change.
The programme promises an array of speakers, both international and national, who will discuss a range of topics including service provision, user pays options, care expectations of baby boomers, and employment and staffing in light of pay equity and immigration changes.
The conference will be run over three days, but the final day will be dedicated to a series of workshops instead of the usual sessions. These workshops (included in the full registration fee) will be longer in length and allow participants to be involved in discussions and much more.
One thing that won’t change is the much-anticipated gala dinner, featuring the 2018 NZACA/EBOS Healthcare Excellence in Care Awards Ceremony. The theme for the dinner this year is the “Time Travellers Ball”, which gives plenty of scope for delegates to prepare a costume from the past, present or future.