A Time for Celebration: SAGE Tours turns 10!
Over the past ten years SAGE Tours has built an enviable reputation as a world leader in its class. There is nothing else like it available to Aged Care and Retirement living providers. Size doesn’t matter, it’s invaluable to all, from small stand alone to large corporates.
“It has saved us ten times the trip costs because we haven’t made as many mistakes as we might otherwise have. SAGE is a great concept.”
Lucy O’Flaherty is the CEO of Glenview, a not for profit facility in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
“During my trips I made enduring friendships and formed business relationships. Those friendships and business association links are critical to the success of the business I work in.”
Alan Waters, GM of Operations for Anglican Retirement Villages in New South Wales, Australia
Aged Care and Retirement Living Study Tours for Australian and soon, international care professionals.
SAGE offers innovative study tours to the aged care and retirement living industries. SAGE delegates have the opportunity to evaluate the advancement of Eldercare from a global perspective and receive insights from some of the world's most highly respected industry professionals. You might also visit some of the world’s best research facilities, like Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. Successful study tours have been run since 2006 across four continents for hundreds of delegates. SAGE continues to grow and support its mission and its name; Studying and Advancing Global Eldercare.
The SAGE Study Tour programs offer delegates an educative, professional and culturally appropriate study experience in another country looking at Seniors Living Models and delivery of care.
The Value Proposition
The question most people ask is: ‘Why is SAGE a good investment for my business?’ Why should you as a senior executive think about this tour opportunity for yourself or other senior staff? The answer is simple, because it’s worth every cent and more!
That’s what others think too!
“At first glance the tours appear expensive but the tours open doors that you never knew existed, you will meet people you would otherwise would never meet and you should never regret taking the tour. The tours are really well organised and structured
Alan Waters, the General Manager, Operations for Anglican Retirement Villages in New South Wales.
Delegates are exposed first-hand to high quality sites and facilities with recognised contemporary management practices. Delegates will learn about successful alternative service delivery models and are led by a study leader with years of industry experience who will facilitate knowledge and cultural exchange and make your tour experience 'hassle free'.
“I can’t tell you how rewarding that trip and others have been. It’s changed the way we do things here at San Carlo, but more importantly it’s changed the way we designed and built our brand new dementia specific wing. It’s also about building contacts at my level globally, so if I can share a good idea I have with someone else then that makes the whole aged care sector a better place to be.”
Rhonda Joiner, CEO of San Carlo, a stand-alone aged care facility in Melbourne.
Senior executives receive a broadened professional knowledge base to lead their organisations, and strengthen relationships, personal and professional networks across the entire industry sector. Seniors living and care professionals participate in excellent forums for fostering and exchanging learning and cultural opportunities.
“We see SAGE as an opportunity at a number of levels, firstly for our staff to continue research and development into new technologies and designs, based on what they saw overseas, secondly, it gives us opportunities to link in closely with aged care and retirement living peak bodies. Finally our staff get to form close working relationships with the industries CEO’s and other senior management. That’s all good for business. These trips give us a great perspective on what is happening in this sector around the planet.”
Thomson Adsett CEO Chris Straw.
Collaboration and Networking
Valuable connections are made with key contacts in the international seniors living and aged care fields. Throughout the tours delegates meet with highly respected professionals, visit cutting edge educational service providers and learn about alternative service delivery models. Delegates network with each other and brainstorm opportunities.
“I spent 2 weeks travelling with CEO’s and other senior managers from large and small aged care organisations on my trip and have built strong business connections to two large aged care providers, one in NSW and one in Queensland and are in the early days of exploring a new business opportunity in China, all as a result of one SAGE trip.”
Nick Heywood-Smith, Managing Director of Wellness and Lifestyle Aged Care Services, an allied health services company in the aged care space.
As part of the Global Partnerships Program each SAGE Tour donates a small portion of delegates’ fees to an Aged Care facility in rural and remote South Africa (Emseni Home for the Aged in Rorke’s Drift KwaZulu Natal)
See Global Partnerships for more information.
To provide participants with an opportunity to gain valuable insights into key organisations involved in the provision of seniors living and care across the Globe by:
- Visiting clinical and educational sites/institutions
- Fostering and Exchanging learning opportunities across different cultures
- Facilitating cultural exchange at an industry and personal level
- Meeting with well respected professionals working in the field
- Developing an understanding of the roles of government, non-government organisations (NGOs) and the private sector in the provision of aged care services in other countries
- Gaining an understanding of alternative forms of service delivery in clinical delivery, community education, resource development and research
“This trip has been so stimulating on every level – I feel like a new person heading back in to our industry and our organisation with a head full of new thinking and a heart full of renewed passion. Thank you for the opportunity and support.”
Beverly Smith, Chief Customer Officer, RSL Care - Support Centre
“Very professional, well organised and extremely enjoyable.”
Response from a SAGE post-tour survey.
“I would recommend anyone looking to find innovative ways to grow their businesses to go on a SAGE tour.”
Louise Watters, CEO Port Stephens Veterans and Citizens Aged Care, a veteran SAGE participant.
Meet our SAGE Program Manager, Judy Martin
Judy has held senior roles in the Health, Aged care and Seniors Living sectors for over 25 years in roles encompassing senior strategic and operational management, stakeholder engagement, public relations, and lobbying & advocacy.