Research shows there is a poor understanding of the predominance of ability and independence among older adults in the community, with society often failing to give credit to their ability and contributions. In this presentation, aged care consultant Rilla Roberts dissects ageism in aged care and challenges these attitudes, promoting a healthier and rewarding environment for both the older client and their carers.
Rilla Roberts is a Consultant in Aged Care with special interests and expertise in dementia-specific care and improving service quality. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. Rilla has worked in the private health care sector for the majority of her career and has more than 20 years experience in the aged care sector as a nurse educator and staff development officer, accreditation coordinator, aged care assessor and aged care management.
As an experienced Accreditation Coordinator in the Private Hospital industry, Rilla moved on to coordinate the accreditation process for all Blue Care services, residential and community from 1995 to 1997 during which all services passed their accreditation assessment by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. Rilla was the Director of Care Services for PresCare in Queensland from 2000 to 2008 during which the organisation increased its range of services all of which became and maintained full accreditation status. She has served on the Board of Churches of Christ in Qld for nine years commencing in 2010, bringing expertise in clinical care services, health management, risk management, quality monitoring and ethics to her role of Non-
Executive Director Rilla has higher education qualifications in Nurse Education, Nurse Administration and Applied Ethics. She also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Nursing (Dementia Care), Griffith University in 2009. See Educator Profile