Our Care Journal is a comprehensive, yet simple, solution to the problems associated with being a caregiver — a role that turns everyday people into care coordinators, medical record keepers, decision makers, health system navigators, administrators and deliverers of care.
Created by Leonie Sanderson and Simon Lowe from The Ageing Revolution, and Tara O’Connell from The Diary Apps, Our Care Journal has been created with carers and the people they care for at the centre of the design process. Supported with an Advancing Queensland: Age-Friendly Communities Grant in 2017-18, Our Care Journal boosts the wellbeing of those being cared for and caregivers themselves.
“Carers need a simple tool to record critical information and share tips, life histories, activities, plans or more simply, just how the night has been”
How We Came to Be
Leonie and Simon’s company, The Ageing Revolution, was born from a passion for social change and a desire to combat ageism. Based on the expertise Leonie and Simon gained working in the care and ageing sector, in policymaking and in digital storytelling and community engagement, they came together with Tara O’Connell from The Diary Apps with a desire to help make care easier. Tara had previously developed the globally successful Baby Diaries app and was in the process of creating The Pet Diaries (now launched). Her experience in the development of apps, combined Simon and Leonie’s deep knowledge and understanding of the needs of carers, created a wonderful platform upon which to develop Our Care Journal.
Beginning with a host of insights from a series of road trips unearthing the stories of older people from all around Australia, Leonie, Simon and Tara worked in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology on an intensive co-design process with carers. Full-time and part-time primary carers of family members, and paid secondary carers helped to identify the major concerns and support needs of caregivers. Our Care Journal has built on the knowledge and wisdom of carers themselves to develop a solution that makes life easier for carers and the people around them.
Meet The Team
Director / Co Founder
Tara O’Connell is creator of the globally successful App “The Baby Diaries” and has recently launched The Pet Diaries. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, an author, speaker and CEO.
She works with, inspires and empowers entrepreneurs to take action and achieve online success through their app business. After spending 8 years as CEO of a national not-for-profit organization, Tara created The Baby Diaries app shortly after having her second child, WAY back when creating apps was far from mainstream. Read More
Director / Co Founder
Simon Lowe is a partnerships and loyalty design expert and is adept at transformative systems change.
He has worked on the development of mobile apps and cloud-based systems and is experienced at gamification and behavioural change. Simon is committed to building thriving relationships between companies, government, community organisations and the people who need services and assistance. Read More
Director / Co Founder
Leonie Sanderson is an engagement specialist and experienced strategist. Leonie has worked in a variety of leadership roles across government and community, delivering and implementing social policy strategies.
Her background in psychology and media as well as a brief sojourn as a pop star in Taiwan gives her a unique position from which to deliver social change. Leonie is dedicated to making sure people’s lived experience directly influences the creation of solutions to social problems. Read More
After two decades working as a Communications and Marketing specialist in the corporate world, in 2016 Andrea turned her writing focus to creating better picture books about grandparents.
She is now the author of two children’s books, Superstar Grandmas, and, Mega-rad Grandads, but continues to work in the business world, where her passion is for saying things simply and connecting people through strong storytelling. Andrea also has the experience of caring for multiple generations in her family, including co-care for her 92-year-old Grandmother. Read More
Rick is a cofounder at Equal Reality, and is a specialist at creatively solving business and social problems through technology design and entrepreneurship.
He is also an alumni of MIT's Global Entrepreneurship Program, and a winner of the UN’s Unleash Innovation Lab for Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to Equal Reality, Rick worked at Bloomberg as a key account manager for the international investment banks in Sydney, and financial analytics in London. Read More
Associate Professor Evonne Miller is the Director of the QUT Design Lab, in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.
She recently led an Australian Research Council funded project exploring how to re-design aged care for the 21st century and has published widely in the fields of population ageing, health and wellbeing, urban design, climate change and sustainability, as well as disasters, vulnerability and resilience. She has worked closely with The Ageing Revolution on the development of the Our Care Journal app, collaborating through a co-design workshop and a photographic exhibition on life as a carer. Read More
Forging her vision for emerging tech and extensive experience in civil engineering and construction, Karen Co-founded Real Serious Games in 2009 with a small team and shoestring budget.
Today, her company is present in 4 countries and delivered over 200 projects. She is the recipient of “Sue Wickenden Entrepreneurial Award” awarded to exceptional women entrepreneurs in technology. Outside RSG, she carries the same principles of change and is vocal about social issues, especially those relating to women. Read More
For more than 21 years, Donna has been the primary carer for her daughter, Freya, who lives with a number of disabilities.
From the moment Freya was born, Donna and her husband Chris have sought opportunities to support Freya to live a life that is busy, interesting, creative and rich in experience. One of these opportunities is centred around a small gift shop – Thinking of You Gift – which Donna and Freya manage together. Read More