Positive Ageing & Wellbeing Seminar and Awards Cocktail Reception

About the Seminar and Awards Dinner

Date, location and program to be advised shortly.
The much-anticipated LGPro Positive Ageing & Wellbeing Seminar and Cocktail Reception is currently being developed. Further information and registrations will be available shortly.

Informed by and developed with the sector’s own Aged & Disability Service, Family, Youth & Children and Rainbow Special Interest Groups, last year’s Seminar theme was “Building Resilient Communities. The focus was on the diverse ways local governments are reconnecting communities post-pandemic, illustrating how councils can build community resilience so that our ageing population, younger people (under 65 years) and those with a disability can continue to lead full and satisfying lives. The full-day Seminar included keynote speakers, concurrent interactive sessions and deep-dive presentations.

Did you know?

The Positive Ageing & Wellbeing Seminar  has replaced the former ‘Active Ageing & Disability Services Seminar’ to reflect the changing nature of the sector, with many councils moving out of the direct delivery of aged and disability services and moving into the areas of  positive ageing and wellbeing.

The Awards Dinner will be replaced with a Cocktail Reception following the one-day event and will include canapes and drinks. This networking celebration is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and celebrate the pioneering work of our sector as award finalists are congratulated and a winner announced. Councils will be able to book a full seminar package incorporating the Cocktail Reception or individual tickets. 

Seminar Keynote Speakers

Angelina’s experience spans commercial design and higher education across Built Environment, Creative Industries and Industry 4.0. She has managed major research projects through the Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation together with independent funding. She has a track record of providing insights to the cultural sector in relation to digital and social media as it relates to participatory design. Angelina has twice won the Australian Wool Fashion Awards, is a recipient  of the Queensland Premiers’ Smithsonian Fellowship and was awarded an ARC Postdoctoral Industry Fellowship. She remains an Adjunct Professor in the School of
Design, RMIT University.


Gerard Mansour is a highly respected and passionate advocate for the needs of older people. In 2013, Mr Mansour was appointed as the first ever Commissioner for Senior Victorians to provide advice to the Victorian Government on issues relevant to senior Victorians. In 2016 his role was expanded to include acting as an Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention to give older victims of family violence a voice and raising community awareness of elder abuse. Mr Mansour’s current priorities include isolation and loneliness of older people, prevention and response to elder abuse and what it means to age well. His report, ‘Ageing well in a changing world,’ was launched in November 2020.


Janice Crosswhite has experience in sport and recreation at a local, state and federal level, having taught physical education, been a sports administrator and a sport and recreation consultant. Janice was the founding president of Womensport and Recreation New South Wales and is now a board member of Womensport & Recreation Victoria. She is also on the Executive Board of the International Association for Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women. She is the founding and current (2007) president of the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association. Her Order of Australia Medal recognises her services to the community and women’s sport.

Seminar Facilitated Session Presenters


Jason Clarke is one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country. As founder of Minds at Work, he has helped people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia (and beyond) in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and troubleshooting to culture change and leadership.

Lisa Smith is a professional thinker dedicated to helping people unlock their innate creativity and to empower them to think differently – for themselves. Her MBA specialised in organisational change and innovation and sparked her passion for building innovative cultures and thinking communities.

Together they are Minds at Work.



Member rates*
Full package $515 incl GST
Full Package (small rural Councils) $455 incl GST
Seminar only $370 incl GST
Awards Dinner only $169 incl GST

* you must be an individual Member of LGPro to qualify for the Member rate.  Council Subscriptions and WebinarHQ Memberships do not qualify.

Non Member rates
Full package $585 incl GST
Full Package (small rural Councils) $525 incl GST
Seminar only $420 incl GST
Awards Dinner only $189 incl GST

NB: Due to their geographical location East Gippsland Shire, Glenelg Shire, Mildura Rural City Council, Moira Shire and Swan Hill Rural City Council also qualify for the discounted rate.  Discounted rates only applicable to Full Packages.

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Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker


Dr Patterson began her role as Age Discrimination Commissioner on 29 July 2016. After gaining a BA (Hons), a PhD in Psychology and Dip Ed and teaching allied health science for 11 years in Australia, she went on to study gerontology at two universities in the USA, using the knowledge gained during those visits to co-develop the first Victorian postgraduate diploma in gerontology and to introduce gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses. Following her election to the Senate in 1987, she served on a number of Senate Committees and held various Shadow portfolios. In 1988 she was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary, and in 2001 was appointed to Cabinet and served in the Health and Social Security portfolios with one of her major areas of interest being issues affecting older Australians. She retired from Cabinet in 2006 and from the Senate in 2008. She has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards and voluntary positions, and is currently Director of the Brockhoff Foundation and Honorary Fellow at Monash University.