When I realised my passion for aged care, I felt ashamed. Six years ago, I didn’t know anyone who aspired to work in age services. No one talked about it as a career. But I loved talking and learning from older Australians. As I graduated and became an occupational therapist, I decided that things needed to change. Being ashamed could no longer be an option so I started writing, blogging, tweeting, and sharing the challenges I faced. I even created...
Founder Of Acorn Network
Samantha is a leading voice on intergenerational leadership and engaging our next generation leaders. She heads LASA Next Gen and is working to disrupt our workforce challenges; by building the capacity of Next Gen leaders to execute change and see the dynamic opportunities around us. She’s a board member for the NHMRC’s National Institute of Dementia Research, a recipient of the Layne Beachley Foundation Scholarship, Founder of Acorn Network Pty Ltd, a contributor to a number of national publications, hosts Grey Revolution – a podcast for aged care leaders, and runs a successful national online mentoring program for aged care leaders.
I talk to so many of my friends about how they have difficulty finding care for their grandparents who have dementia. Or if they have parents who need more support they can’t get the continual support they need to keep them at home. Is aged care broken?
In 2012, my Mum attempted to take her own life. Her depression and anxiety got too much for her. It left me shaken and scared for the future. The whole situation scared me:...
Right now, I am preparing to pack my bags and head over to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane for some fantastic events. Let me tell you; I am both scared and excited.
It’s almost time for our next Better Mentor Relationship event.
I am so thrilled about the events and the leaders we are working with for our Better Mentor Relationships project. These are people achieving amazing things. I look up to them as role models, people I can ask for...