Best Practice

Standards Wise International is supported by a formal Strategic Advisory Panel with broad international expertise, providing governance oversight. All panel members are former and current directors of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), now renamed as the Global Ageing Network (GAN). The panel provides leadership, financial and academic expertise to the group.

Standards Wise International’s network of experts has direct experience in developing and reviewing Standards in the following areas:

Seniors Living, ISO 9001, Aged Care, Multigenerational living, Disability, Mental Health, Primary Health, services to Indigenous Communities, LGBTQI, Families and Youth.

A specific example includes the preparation of numerous design guidelines for the Australian federal government, peak industry bodies and organisations looking to standardise their approach across national property portfolios. These included the Australian Peak association for Retirement Living, PCRL and so on.


Standards Wise International has a team of international experts with a combined global reach which spans across a number of regions, North America, South America, UK, Europe, Africa and the Asia Pacific. Our experience includes academic research through to front line service provision. Our experts represent low and middle income countries as well as advanced economies. With current knowledge and understanding of the current future and economic climate we understand the need to develop solutions that meet the needs of local people respecting at all times, cultures and diversity.

Standards Wise International (SWI) focusses on the development of innovative solutions to housing in later life including Age Friendly Communities, Re-urbanisation, Integrated Cross Generational Living and Inclusive Communities for urban and regional areas.

Our approach is based on the 5 Is:

  1. Intergenerational,
  2. Inclusion,
  3. Influence,
  4. Integrated, and
  5. Informing

Who we are

Standards Wise International is a consortium of world class experts based in the UK and other countries around the world with proven experience in undertaking projects in Senior Living and Human Services. We are a Team of experts focused on a customer driven ideology and helping organisations to move from ‘good’ to ‘high functioning’ through re-framing their approach.

The Teams experience encompasses not-for-profit organisations, government at different levels, for profit companies, developers, investors, peak bodies and tertiary institutions at the highest levels. Their knowledge on national and international trends, models, experiences, legislation and problem solving is invaluable to any project. We all share a passion to develop and successfully implement creative solutions to the housing needs, ageing process, care, lifestyle and integration of generations.

Our approach brings together a highly experienced ‘think tank’ to initially explore opportunities/projects/proposals to offer a solution(s) and then narrow this down to a team of experts matched to your organisation/government department/company who work with you for the entirety or in defined stages.

Whether it is quality, customer service, models of care, staffing, governance, risk management, compliance and service delivery, the principles we apply are consistent with our approach.

Standards Wise International applies the principles to the following sectors:

  • Aged Care
  • Health
  • Community
  • Residential
  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Housing sectors

David Stevens, Director of Standards Wise International, is also a highly respected member of COMMONAGE, consulting to the Commonwealth of Nations at an International level for Governments on policy and program development. He is currently developing a five country cross cultural study into the effects of Depression on Chronic Disease Management with Oxford University, UK, and a set of International Senior Living Standards for global adoption.

Our Team

Professional, prompt and approachable

We have a highly experienced team of human service practitioners, management specialists and retirement living experts across Ageing, Disability Mental health and Community Projects. We engage subject matter specialists matched to your organisations profile and needs from our trusted pool.

David Stevens, Managing Director

David Stevens,
Managing Director

Andrew Larpent,
 Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Andrew Larpent,
Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Judy Martin, International Engagement Director

Judy Martin,
International Engagement Director

Julienne Meyer, Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Julienne Meyer,
Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Nigel Hopkins, Senior Associate

Nigel Hopkins,
Senior Associate

Jade Hand, Senior Project Officer

Jade Hand,
Senior Project Officer

Klaus Zimmermann, Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Klaus Zimmermann,
Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Standards Wise International is committed to being inclusive. We highly value and celebrate diversity and believe in equity. We demonstrate this through inclusive employment and through business practices that ensure that people of diverse social groups, such as culturally and linguistically diverse communities, members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities, people on the autism spectrum and those living with visible and invisible disability are treated with respect and equity.

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