Meet OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Some of our wonderful contributors 

Jean Kittson

Jean Kittson

Writer and Performer

As a performer and scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, magazines and newspapers, Jean Kittson came to national attention on 'The Big Gig', followed by Let the Blood Run Free. She is the author of 'Tongue Lashing', published by Penguin, as well as her latest book 'You're still hot to me', published by Pan Macmillan, and a regular contributor to Australian Carers Guide, much-loved by readers and industry experts alike. Read Jean’s articles here.

Rachel Lane

Rachel Lane

Australia’s Aged Care Guru

Rachel Lane was a financial adviser who struck out on her own because she wanted to give older Australians better advice than they could receive from the mainstream money brands. As the founder of Aged Care Gurus, Rachel oversees an Australia-wide network of financial advisers who are committed to putting clients first with quality advice. An independent thinker who is unaffiliated with any product provider, Rachel is regularly sought by government and peak bodies as a consultant, speaker and writer on issues in the sector. Read Rachel’s articles here.

Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer

Australian Chef, Food Author and Restaurateur

Maggie Beer is one of Australia’s most-loved personalities in the world of food and beyond, and her warmth and passion for her industry and home in South Australia’s Barossa region shine through in everything she does. Her career in food began in 1973, when Maggie and her husband Colin settled in the Barossa Valley, with the intention of breeding game birds and growing grapes. The Maggie Beer Foundation was established in 2014, to transform the food experience of older people, bringing life-altering change to the wellbeing of the elderly through wholesome food that's full of flavour. See some of Maggie's delicious recipes here.

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Maree McCabe

Chief Executive Officer of Dementia Australia

As the CEO at Dementia Australia, the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families, and carers, Maree  leads a passionate, committed, nation-wide team of more than 500 staff, who provide expert and evidence-based, support services, education, and information. She is an advocate for making a difference to the health and quality of care and life outcomes for all Australians impacted by dementia. Read Maree's articles here.

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Ita Buttrose

Chairperson of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 Ita Buttrose is an Australian journalist, editor, and businesswoman who was the founding editor (1972–75) of the highly popular Australian women’s magazine Cleo and the first woman to serve as editor in chief (1981–84) of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph newspapers in Sydney. Read more about Ita here.

Michael Clohesy

Michael Clohesy

Wills and Estates Lawyer

Michael graduated from the University of Melbourne Law School in 2005 and now works exclusively as a Wills and Estates lawyer. Prior to establishing Clohesy Legal in 2013 he oversaw the Wills & Estates team at Slater & Gordon. Michael is currently the ‘Succession Law’ lecturer at Australian Catholic University. He also regularly provides professional development lectures to other Wills & Estates lawyers. Read Michael's articles here.

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Pat Irwin

President of ElderCareCanada

Pat Irwin enjoyed a long and successful career in financial services – banking, trust and systems consulting – in Canada and the US. When her dad became ill in 1997 and her mom could no longer care for him, there were so few choices that after three months in a nursing home, her dad was dead. First she got mad, then she got busy, and founded ElderCareCanada, a consulting service assisting adult children in dealing with aging parents. Read Pat's article here

Dr Suzanne Graham

Dr Suzanne Graham

Doctor specialising in medicinal cannabis

Dr Suzanne Graham is a doctor who specialises in medicinal cannabis throughout Australia and New Zealand. She first became interested in medicinal cannabis after seeing its effect on palliative and cancer care patients.

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The Hon Anika Wells

Minister for Aged Care and Sport

Minister for Aged Care and Sport, The Hon Anika Wells, is the Federal Member for Lilley and lives in Chermside with her husband Finn, daughter Celeste, twins Ossian and Dashiell and their rescue kelpie Don. Prior to entering the Australian Parliament in 2019, Anika graduated from Griffith University and worked as a lawyer for people injured at work or on the road.

Following the election of the Albanese Government in May 2022, Anika was appointed Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Sport.

Tracy McBeth

Tracy McBeth

Journalist

Tracy is a journalist with a passion for promoting good health; both mentally and physically. She earned her stripes in television newsrooms across Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne, working on stories that shaped the nation. Read Tracy's article for Australian Carer's Guide here.

Rosie Bouton

Rosie Bouton

Financial Planner

Rosie is the Principal Financial Planner and Aged Care Specialist at We Plan Financial. She helps seniors plan for retirement and beyond, and her expertise is in Social Security & Aged Care rules & legislation, developed during her career with the Department of Human Services Centrelink over more than ten years. Read her hugely helpful article on carer payments in Australia here

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Jenny Boss

Freelance writer

After a successful career writing about health and nutrition, wellness coach Jenny Boss decided to take her fascination with food a step further and retrain as a nutritionist. She completed her Masters in Human Nutrition and launched Jenny Boss Nutrition, a two-fold business that helps parents teach kids how to eat well and helps women in menopause lose weight. Read Jenny's article on six steps to healthier eating here