Health, Disability, Aged Care & Community Services ISC

Junita Walker

Liz Cohen

Chief Executive, Community Accommodation and Respite Agency (CARA)

Transformation is key to Liz Cohen’s leadership of Cara. Liz has led Cara since 2015, in its journey from the disability service provider’s traditional block-funded, “not for profit” to an innovative, values-driven “profit for purpose” organisation. Liz has recommitted Cara to high-quality support services so customers can lead fulfilling, everyday lives with choice and control over their goals, big and small.

Liz has developed Cara’s new vision, brand, business model and the promise which Cara’s staff work by every day – we find possible. Under Liz’s leadership, Cara has welcomed record numbers of staff to the organisation, employing more than 1100 people, grown revenue to turn over more than $90 million annually, and expanded into new regional areas of South Australia to support more children and adults with disability.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the disability, education and health sectors, Liz has a keen interest in the way technology can support increased independence for people with disability. Liz is the 2020 SA Telstra Businesswoman of the Year “For Purpose and Social Enterprise”. Liz sits on the Board of Ability First Australia and the Human Services Skills Organisation and is a member of the SA State Committee of National Disability Services.

Liz Cohen

Rob Bonner

Deputy Chair
Director, Operations & Strategy, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

Rob Bonner is the Director, Operations & Strategy for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) (SA Branch). His role includes leadership of the SA Branch’s industrial, education and membership programs.

He established the Branch’s registered training organisation, operating under the name of ANMEC (the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Education Centre). He has led national research exploring aged care staffing arrangements for the ANMF following completion of an earlier study funded by the Commonwealth Government.

Rob is a former member (2015-18) of the Australian Industry & Skills Committee which provides advice to State and National Governments through the COAG Ministerial Council and regulates Training Packages for all industry sectors. He was a member of their Research Committee, the Industry Reference sub-committee and Training Packages Review sub- committee.

From 2015 to July 2018, he was a member of the Training & Skills Commission of SA. Since 2019 he has been a member of the Aged Care, Disability and Health Industry Skills Council.

In the health & community services sector Rob has a long history of active thought and change leadership in areas such as health workforce, translation of evidence into practice, career structures, workloads and their management, information systems and their support of clinical practice.

Rob is also the Deputy Chair of the national Aged services Industry reference committee which is working to revise training and education related to the aged care sector in both VET and the University systems.


  • Peter Hoppo - National Disability Services (NDS)
  • Claire Hogarth - UnitingSA
  • Nichole Tierney - Life Care
  • Helen Loffler - Helping Hand Aged Care
  • Julian Soriano - Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Linda Sharrock - KompleteCare Community and Home Care Services