Southern Services Reform Group

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version


The Southern Services Reform Group (SSRG) and the City of Onkaparinga are partnering with the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) to bring you a seminar featuring the AAG 2016 Gary Andrews Visiting Fellow Paul Cann


The Campaign to End Loneliness: No end in sight, but you gotta have a dream.


Monday 7 November 10:30am – 12:00pm

Did you know?

  • 8 in 10 Australians think our society is becoming lonelier, while 6 in 10 say they often feel lonely (Lifeline 2016).
  • Lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and people experiencing social isolation have an average of 29% increased mortality (Holt-Lunstad, 2010 & 2015).
  • Approximately 640,000 Australians (~5%) experience multiple and complex disadvantage leading to increasing levels of social exclusion.


This seminar will give an account of the British Campaign to End Loneliness, the evidence base around causes and remedies of loneliness, an assessment of the Campaign’s wins and near misses five year on, with international comparison.


We will also present on the SSRG and the City of Onkaparinga’s war against loneliness and how social connections maintains wellbeing and increases participation of older residents.


Presenter Bio


Paul Cann is one of Britain’s leading authorities on arts and ageing.  He is the Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire and Chair of the Public Policy Panel for Age UK.  Paul co-founded the highly successful Campaign to End Loneliness and he is a Director of Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN).  In 2008 Paul was awarded the medal ot he British Geriatrics Society fo an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of older people. Paul is in Australia as the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) 2016 Gary Andrews Visiting Fellow.


The session includes refreshments, networking opportunities and an opportunity to hear an outstanding international expert present.


Outline :         10:30 Introductions

                        10:45 Seminar

                        11:30 Refreshments

Venue: Civic Centre

            City of Onkaparinga, Ramsay Place NOARLUNGA CENTRE


Further Information: Luidiv@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au or Salwar@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au



The Latest Project


A collaboration between the Southern Metro Community Passenger Network and the SSRG has produced a series of 3 short films about the issues surrounding dementia and driving.

The first film about the warning signs can be viewed at this link

The second film discusses having a successful conversation about giving up driving and can be viewed at this link

The third film highlights transport options for those who are no longer driving due to dementia and can be viewed at this link


Welcome to the Southern Services Reform Group (SSRG) website. This website has been developed as a project tool of the SSRG Collaborative Project.

The Southern Services Reform Group (SSRG) is a Collaborative Project supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

The project aims to support the implementation of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and other aged care reforms, build capacity of the aged care sector, establish and maintain partnerships and support best practice and innovation.

The project is supported by its members, through the Steering Committee and workgroups. Managers from across the sector, nominate to stand for the Steering Committee every two years or as positions become vacant. They meet at least bi-monthly and discuss emerging issues across the sector and monitor and support workgroup projects.

Current priorities of SSRG:

Aged Care Reforms

Wellness and Reablement

Research to inform best practice

Ageing and Technology


The goals of the project include:


  • Developing creative and innovative ways of delivering the Commonwealth Home Support Programme
  • Identifying and promoting opportunities for service innovation and reform
  • Increasing networks and the breadth of partnerships
  • Encouraging efficient and effective use of resources within the Commonwealth Home Support Programme

Creating opportunities for service providers in the aged care sector to work collaboratively together


Workgroups are comprised of representatives from service providers who offer services to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme target group. Workgroups are established to focus on regionally specific projects. It is also an opportuntiy for collaboration and sharing.


Workgroups established in 2016:


Aged Care Pathways

Ageing and Technology



This website has been developed to support efficient communication across the sector and to record and promote the project's activities and achievements.

If you would like more information about the project contact the Project Officer at info@ssrg.org.au or phone 8384 0758.

The Collaborative Projects

This film is about the diverse work the collaborative projects have been involved in. It demonstrats how the work links to the 4 strategic aims - collaboration, reform, engagement and responsiveness.

View the film at this link


Collaborative Projects Strategic Aims flyer
Strategic Aims flyer


Available for download at the iTune store and Google Playstore

Click the icon for the Directory webpage


*Every effort has been made to ensure the app is current

SSRG e-newsletter

Southern Services Issue 1 April 2013

Seniors Southern Services directory E-Newsletter May 2013

Southern Soapbox Issue 2 August 2013

Southern Soapbox Issue 3 December 2013

Southern Soapbox Issue 4 May 2014

Southern Soapbox Issue 5 December 2014