SAGE Tours offers innovative study tours to the aged care and retirement living industries


Over the past twelve 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. From small stand alone to large corporate SAGE Tours offers innovative study tours to the seniors 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. Successful study tours have been run since 2006 across five continents for hundreds of delegates.

SAGE Tours 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 and services.


During my first trip, I made some enduring friendships, from the second trip I formed business relationships, those friendships and business association links are critical to the success of the business I work in. 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-organized and structured and you get to meet people and visit facilities that you would never be able to do on a private trip.”

Allan Waters, General Manager Innovation & Technologies ANGLICARE,  New South Wales, Australia

On my tour of South Africa I was amazed because we saw some of the best and some of the poorest conditions for older people that I can imagine, however we also saw some amazing examples of really good care, even in the less resourced facilities. In South Africa I saw some of the most primitive conditions of aged care that I have ever experienced, but what I also saw in those places was some of the best person centred care I have ever seen. We in the west have so much to learn and relearn from places like Emseni in South Africa about how they support and look after older people in their societies with few resources.

Andrew Larpent, former CEO of Southern Cross Care, South Australia, Chairman Commonwealth Association Ageing



Judy Martin is the International Program Manager for SAGE Tours

She's the individual responsible for ensuring that industry tour  participants get to see the best of the best, or as with the tour of South Africa, the best  intertwined with some less and poorly  resourced yet still wonderful aged care organisations. Judy is well networked and connected internationally particularly through her positions as  Director of Commonwealth Association of Ageing and recently elected   board position on the  Global Ageing NetworkJudy says SAGE Tours is unique. She has been managing and hosting  the tours since their inception 12 years ago, has participated in over 25 trips to 15 countries and says SAGE Tours has a wonderful reputation overseas among many international associations and aged care and retirement living providers. SAGE Tours is a recognised brand in the in the global Seniors living, and seniors care arena. It is recognised for its high level programs, commitment to betterment of industry, and educational value for Executives in this industry says Judy. This is confirmed by feedback from delegates who have participated in SAGE Tours  and International associations and providers who have hosted SAGE Tours.



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Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is the leading national peak body for aged and community care providers. It represents approximately 700 church, charitable and community-based organizations providing housing, residential care, community care and home support services to older people, younger people with a disability and their carers. ACSA members provide care and support in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote regions across Australia.

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) is the national peak body representing all age service providers. We are the only industry peak body acting on behalf of private sector and not-for-profit providers delivering retirement living, home care and residential aged care services. On behalf of our members, we work with governments, health and community services and other stakeholders to improve standards, equality and efficiency within age services.