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Join us for our first SA Retirement Living Business Breakfast for 2021, an initiative of the ACSA SA Retirement Living Advisory Committee.

Ben Myers, Executive Director, Retirement Living Council along with Derek Dittrich, SA State Manager and Senior Manager, Strategic Policy will discuss the potential implications of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on the retirement living sector. With ageing in place increasing in significance across Australia, and the opportunity for selection of retirement living as a housing option, this is an event not to be missed!


Ben Myers is Executive Director of Retirement Living for the Property Council of Australia.

As the peak industry representative for retirement living operators across Australia, Ben is responsible for helping the industry raise the bar, through new standards, policy and advocacy that underpin the social licence and future growth.  Ben is also responsible for managing the Retirement Living Council, which is a national leadership group for the retirement living sector.

Throughout his career, Ben has worked at all levels of government, been chief of staff to the Premier of Queensland and a senior executive at global energy producer BG Group.  He has worked across most major industry sectors in Australia and been directly involved in delivering some of the nation’s largest infrastructure and community engagement projects, including the BG Group’s US$20 billion QCLNG project, the Brisbane City Council’s TransApex road network and the Queensland Plan.

Key priorities for Ben and the RLC presently include the ongoing implementation of the Retirement Living Council’s 8-Point Action, continue to promote and endorse the highly successful introduction of the Retirement Living Code of Conduct and ARVAS accreditation scheme, and the development of an industry capability framework for sales professionals and village managers.


Derek Dittrich, State Manager SA and Senior Manager Strategic Policy

Derek is Aged & Community Services Australia’s (ACSA) Senior Manager for Strategic Policy. Originally working in acute health as an Intensive Care Nurse, he has worked in aged care since the mid-1990s in a range of senior management and executive roles across home care, retirement living and residential aged care. Derek has seen key reforms enacted from the introduction of the Aged Care Act in 1997, the introduction of Accreditation in 2000, the Living Longer Living Better reforms following the release of the 2011 Productivity Report into aged care through to the present.
Representing ACSA on a range of Government and Department of Health expert and reference groups (spanning funding and financing, prudential, quality, governance, and regulatory matters) Derek is familiar with Government’s reform agenda. Derek has been central to ACSA’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s calls for sector responses on key matters of interest to the Commission. Derek is passionate about the quality of life of older Australians and the role aged care plays in keeping people independent and engaged.


When: Wednesday 12 May 2021

Time: 7:30am – 9:00am
registration desk opens at 7:15am

Venue: Adelaide Pavilion, Cnr South Tce & Peacock Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

$50  Members

$65 Non-Members


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Adelaide Pavilion
Veale Gardens,cnr South Terrace & Peacock Road,
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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