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. Size doesn’t matter, it’s invaluable to all, from small stand alone to large corporate. SAGE Tours 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 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.


Why is SAGE Tours a good investment for your 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!

Learning Experiences

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'.

Professional Development

Senior executives receive a broadened professional knowledge base to lead their organizations, 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.


Rhonda Joiner, CEO of San Carlo, a stand-alone aged care facility in Melbourne.

“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.”

Katie Sloan, IAHSA Executive Director from the USA

“I was a part of the SAGE Tours that have visited the United States. I think the key difference that SAGE has, is when tour participants see first-hand an organization working, wandering the halls, talking to senior executives, staff and residents, understanding why they made certain decisions, how they work, how they deliver care, looking at the place of care, looking at service models, and staffing programs, there is nothing like that available except on a SAGE Tours.”

Lucy O’Flaherty, the CEO of Glenview, a small not-for-profit in Hobart, Tasmania

“Even though our budgets are tight, the investment in sending senior staff on a SAGE tour is worth every cent. My trip in 2013 has saved us ten times the trip costs because we haven’t made as many mistakes that we might otherwise have. As a small provider we are more flexible than our larger counterparts, so I was able to implement many changes to our management processes as soon as I got home.”




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 organizations (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


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.

Industry Support

As part of the Global Partnerships Program each SAGE Tours 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).

SAGE Tour delegates on a recent tour of the USA that was hailed as a stunning success.


Meet Judy Martin, the Director of the International SAGE program

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.