Laurie Leigh has more than 27 years' experience in the healthcare industry, specialising in standards, service delivery, safety and quality.
She offers both clinical and management perspectives with expertise in aged care, mental health and Not-for-Profit governance.
Laurie has had a distinguished career with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health, the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service, and most recently with aged care provider The Whiddon Group as Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
Laurie joined RSL LifeCare in 2018 where she oversees residential care, care in the home, and retirement services throughout NSW and ACT for 7,500 senior Australians, with responsibility for over 3,000 staff.
She holds a Bachelor degree with Honors in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, a Diploma in Nursing from City University (London), and a Masters in Health Services Management from UTS. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) with an additional AICD Not for Profit Governance qualification.
Laurie's presentation is titled "Growing up together: the delights of intergenerational programs". The brief for the presentation will be: "Old Peoples' Home for 4 Year Olds" moved a nation, but beyond the 'cute' factor, intergenerational programs have significant benefits for older people. Laurie will discuss RSL Lifecare's experience of locating a pre-school within an aged care service; the evidence-based benefits which come from integrational programs and the tremendous impact of "Old Peoples' Home for 4 Year Olds" on some of RSL Lifecare's residents.