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Lidia Conci

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Day Presenting:  Tuesday 30 October
Time: 12:00pm-12:30pm
Session Concurrent C5- Wellness and Re-ablement
Presentation Title Ageing is not a disease- the paradigm shift form clinical to well being and reablement models of care
Position Title Managing Director
Company Avanti Care

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Aged care is predominately delivered via clinical and hospital style models, that are not conducive towards independence and focus on a person’s illness or dysfunction. They rely on “doing for” the individual and are heavily risk averse, leading to dependency, limited choice, lifestyle constraints and institutionalisation throughout the ageing journey. This path typically lacks meaningful activity and rapidly leads to isolation, depression, cognitive decline and hastens dysfunction. It is a perpetuating cycle and we must recognise that current service models are part of the problem. The more we do for people, the more we are taking from them. We must ask ourselves, “When did ageing become an illness”?
Aged care reforms are now placing an emphasis on wellness and reablement models and there is an emerging body of evidence to support their benefits. Wellness and reablement approaches have been shown to improve function, cognition, independence and quality of life for older people.
Progressive organisations are remodelling their services toward active ageing; however, it is not nearly enough as there is so much more to wellbeing than just physical activity. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic. It is a healthy balance of the following dimensions: Physical, Social, Emotional, Work, Spiritual Values, Intellectual, Cultural values, Environment and Finances, which all need consideration when developing a model of care for wellness.
Reablement supports individuals to help them accommodate their illness by learning the skills necessary for daily living. The emphasis is on what an individual is still capable of doing and restoring independent function i.e. “doing with”, rather than resolving health care issues. Research is now demonstrating that having purpose, connectedness and meaningful activity, has significant influence over health and wellbeing.
Unlike their predecessors, the baby boomers have much higher expectations and are not afraid to voice them. They will demand a different approach to ageing – AND SO THEY SHOULD.
This presentation will demonstrate how wellness and reablement can be implemented into aged care, drawing on progressive approaches and AvantiCare’s own holistic wellbeing model.
The industry must undergo a paradigm shift, to truly support older people and meet consumer expectations for coming generations.
There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the aged care industry. We no longer need to wait for the regulators to prescribe how our services should be delivered, we just need creative, passionate and committed providers to embrace a new way forward.


Lidia Conci is the founder and Managing Director of AvantiCare. She began her career in 1997 as a Speech Pathologist at the Julia Farr Centre Head Injury Unit and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she developed a special interest in the management of swallowing disorders. During this time, Lidia moved into senior roles, consolidating her specialty in Dysphagia Management. She then entered the private sector working at Griffith Rehabilitation Hospital and providing Speech Pathology consulting services to Residential Care Facilities across Adelaide. Lidia continued to grow a thriving business servicing the Adelaide aged care sector and in 2012 founded AvantiCare, which began delivering Allied Health Services across multiple disciplines including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Dietetics and Speech Pathology. Lidia’s passion for positive ageing with purpose and a heartfelt belief that we should “honour the spirit within” has driven her commitment for innovation and the development of the Innovative Ageing Conference.