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COVID-19, influenza and RSV update: With cases rising, providers should review risk management

With COVID-19, influenza and RSV causing workforce shortages around the country, providers should review their risk management.

Tasmania in Focus by Lizzie Castles, June 2024

While still processing what we learnt at the state conference last month, we slipped into productive rounds of speaking to government and listening to members.

NDS’s Contemporary Governance and Leadership Summit announces preliminary program

Contemporary Governance and Leadership Summit, Foundations for future success


NDS is excited to announce the preliminary program for our Contemporary Governance and Leadership Summit 2023. The summit, on the 9 October at Doltone House on Darling Island in Sydney, presents a range of speakers to empower disability leaders with the knowledge and strategies to navigate today’s leadership and governance challenges.

Headed by keynote speaker Steven Bowman, Managing Director of Conscious Governance, the list of gathered experts will deliver insights and expertise on the ever-evolving sector, while guests take the opportunity to network, collaborate and share knowledge with peers from around Australia.

The summit will be followed by the NSW Hot Topics Event.

Our keynote speaker

Steven Bowman, Managing Director, Conscious Governance

Steven is a seasoned board adviser with a great depth of experience and skill in conducting board reviews and strategic planning processes. He has held numerous senior executive, CEO and board positions with some of the United States and Australia’s most prestigious organisations, as well as authoring and co-authoring over a dozen books on governance, strategy, risk and executive leadership.

Other Speakers include:

  • The Hon. John Ryan AM will present on the recommendations from the Disability Royal Commission and what it means for disability support providers.
  • Alan Hough, PHD, Director of Purpose at Work will speak on ‘Governing for quality and safeguarding: what might disability service provider boards learn from others?’
  • Kirsty Minton, Chief Operating Officer at NDS, will lead a panel discussion on the changing landscape of insurance risk management with Gail Murray, Principal Broker at Gallagher; Sarah Nicoll, Head of Quality and Safeguarding at NDS, and Kristie Walker, Director of On Track Investigations.
  • Anthony Hamawi, Manager of CSI/NFP and Aged Care, Not for Profit, Endowments and Senior Living at Perpetual will present ‘Investing in the current environment’

Who Should Attend?

The summit is aimed at Board Directors and Senior Leaders from disability service providers, across Australia.

Contemporary Governance and Leadership Summit 2023

Date: Monday 9 October
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm AEDT (Registrations open at 9:00 am)
Location: Darling Island, Doltone House, Sydney, New South Wales

You can view the preliminary program and register on our website, where you can take advantage of NDS Member and Early Bird discounts.

NSW Disability Hot Topics Event

Following the summit, NDS will host a NSW Disability Hot Topics event to network and discuss the big issues affecting the sector.

NDS CEO Laurie Leigh will take you through key themes and issues facing the sector, how they affect providers in NSW, and what is being done to address them. Providing the NSW Government perspective will be the Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Inclusion, the Hon. Kate Washington MP.

Event details

Date: Monday 9 October
Time: 4:15pm to 6:15pm AEDT
Location: Doltone House, Darling Island, Sydney

For further information, including registration and prices for the Summit and Hot Topics package, visit our conference webpage.

Thank you to our Event Partner


Contact information
Courtney Barton, Senior Events Coordinator, 07 3828 9402, submit enquiry/feedback