The Big Ideas forum is all about engaging the community in a robust exchange of ideas. Big Ideas brings major issues to a local audience, combining speakers with national profile with those with local expertise.
This November, the conversation turns to ageing. The Hon Susan Ryan AO will open the evening with a keynote address about the challenges of Australia’s ageing population and why we need to change how we talk about ageing. This will be followed by a panel discussion with our local champions and an audience Q&A.
Add your voice to a conversation with:
The Hon Susan Ryan AO
Susan is a former Age Discrimination Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission, a role she held between 2011 and 2016. She served as a cabinet minister in the Hawke Government, including as the inaugural Minister for the Status of Women, and was integral to the passing of the landmark Sex Discrimination Act in 1984. In May, Susan was appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University.
Wendy is a comedian, author and broadcaster, who currently hosts the Breakfast show on ABC Radio Sydney. She is a former political journalist, has written eight books, including the best-selling Farewell My Ovaries, and been columnist for the Good Weekend and The Sunday Telegraph. Wendy was a member of the National People with a Disability and Carer's Council from 2008 to 2014.
Peter is the coordinator of the Forest Men's Kitchen, a local initiative aiming to provide an environment for older men to gather and prepare a meal together. Forest Men's Kitchen members are empowered to have a more active, connected and rewarding life, through learning new skills, making healthier choices, and reducing social isolation.
Paula is the Chief Operations Officer at the RSL ANZAC Village at Narrabeen. The Village is known for its innovative inter-generational approach and was the subject of the ABC documentary series Old People's Home for Four Year Olds.