Better Practice Melbourne

Get ready for Better Practice in September with an outstanding blend of relevant topics, industry experts and keynote speakers who will bring you practical advice on improving quality care for your residents. 

Keep up with industry trends as we bring this annual two-day conference to the Hilton on the Park Melbourne so you can interact with speakers and debate topics that challenge thinking and provide practical information about better practice ideas.

Download your copy of the conference brochure (788kb). You can make your online bookings now.

This Better Practice conference includes high profile presenters such as Ita Buttrose AO, OBE; leading academics Professor Rhonda Nay, Associate Professor Rosalie Hudson and Dr Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh, industry leaders including Masonic Homes Chief Executive Officer Doug Strain and Barrister, mediator and aged care complaints specialist, Peter Condliffe.

This is what others say about Better Practice: “Looking forward to the conference. They have always been rich in information and we always come away with good ideas for our home.”

We hope you can join over 300 of your peers with a good range of presenters who have a lot to offer so this is your opportunity to share and learn from each other.

You’ll also enjoy the social and networking aspects of Better Practice conferences.

Better Practice underpins our commitment to promoting high quality care and topics include underpinning philosophies of care, decision-making for end of life care and palliative care, improving mental health in residents, innovative approaches to dementia and improving the physical health of residents.

This year we are also continuing to promote evidence-based practice. The conference will feature speakers who have been involved in Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC) projects who can share their experience of implementing best practice guidelines.

Discounted early bird rates are available for all delegates who register and pay by Wednesday, 31 August 2011.  Group discounts are available for five or more delegates with the same registration type.  Call  1800 728 589 for group bookings.

Conference enquiries
For conference enquiries please contact the Better Practice team:
Education Division
PO Box 773
Parramatta  NSW  2124
Tel:         1800 728 589
Fax:         (02) 9687 0412

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for this or any of our education conferences, please click here and complete the online expression of interest form.

To register online click the link below (registrations can only be made online with a credit card).

Online registration

To pay via cheque or EFT please download the registration form and forward with your payment.

Below are the conference details.

The main topics addressed in the plenary sessions are:

  • We can’t ask them, they have dementia!
  • Relationships, resilience and resistance: creating community in residential aged care
  • Nourishing the heart of residents through food
  • Quality improvement: An Organisational Approach
  • What I would like from an aged care home?
  • If it is to be it's up to....WHO?!!!!

Conference concurrent topics are coming soon, please bookmark this page for more details!

Hilton on the Park
192 Wellington Parade
Melbourne  VIC  3002
Tel:            (03) 9419 2000 (accommodation)

Located in elegant East Melbourne, Hilton on the Park Melbourne is in the heart of the city’s sporting and entertainment district. Literally a kick away from all the action, the hotel is positioned directly opposite the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, Melbourne Park (home of the Australian Open tennis tournament) and the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. The location offers convenience in exploring Melbourne, with trams and trains on the doorstep, and only a short walking distance to the city centre and famous shopping precincts.

Special accommodation rates have been negotiated for delegates at the Hilton on the Park. The standard room rate is $245.00 per room per night including a full buffet breakfast for one guest in the hotel restaurant.

Participants should book accommodation directly with the hotel by phoning (03) 9419 2000 and quote code ‘Better Practice Melbourne 2011’ as the booking reference.

It is recommended that you contact the venue either direct or through your local travel agent, or you may wish to use one of the following websites to source other venues:

Self parking is available for $25 per day. Valet parking is also available for $45.00 per day.

Access for people with disabilities
Please contact the Education team to ensure any requirements can be met before registering.

We recognise that delegates may have special dietary needs. Please advise either via the registration form or in writing if you would like us to make alternative arrangements on your behalf.

Please Note: Dietary requirements received less than 72 hours prior to the conference cannot be guaranteed. Kosher meals may be available, however please note this may be at an additional cost.

Registration inclusions

  • entry to conference sessions for the nominated day/s
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • conference satchel
  • networking function
  • access to an online speaker presentation area on our website (link will be emailed to all delegates in attendance after the conference)

The Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd does not accept responsibility for personal accidents, injuries, theft and/or damage to the property of participants. Travel insurance is recommended for travel within Australia.

Registration desk details
Registration for the conference will be available in the Ballroom Foyer from 8am each day.

Separate registrations
Each person must be separately registered for one or both days, no shared registrations are permitted.

All information is correct at time of printing. We reserve the right to change speakers, topics and/or times due to unforeseen circumstances. The views of speakers presenting at the Better Practice conference do not necessarily reflect those of the Agency.

General information
All correspondence regarding your registration will be sent via email or post once your registration form has been received and processed. If you register and do not receive a confirmation either by email or post within seven working days please contact the Better Practice conference team.