CEO appointed to aged care advisory group

National Seniors Australia CEO Professor John McCallum is one of three new members of the Aged Care Sector Committee.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, announced the appointments this week.

Professor John McCallum was appointed to the committee following the resignation of former CEO of National Seniors Australia, Ms Dagmar Parsons.

Professor McCallum attended committee meetings throughout 2018 as Interim CEO of National Seniors Australia. Mr Wyatt said he brought extensive experience as a health and ageing researcher and had led more than 20 research reports related to the quality of life for older Australians.

Ms Jody Currie was appointed as an ex-officio member, representing the National Advisory Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care. Mr Wyatt said Ms Currie had expertise on the special needs of senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s aged care system, and was Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane.

The third appointment was ex-officio member Professor John Pollaers, Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee. Mr Wyatt said Professor Pollaers had expertise and outstanding achievements in supporting the aged care workforce sector and broader education, including as Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce (2017-2018).

“The Aged Care Sector Committee was established in 2014 and works closely with the Australian Government to develop and implement aged care policy,” Mr Wyatt said.

“The committee’s membership comprises representatives from peak bodies, for-profit and not-for-profit providers, and consumer and workforce representatives.

“The appointments build on the committee’s strong collaboration with the federal government ensuring aged care policy is informed by a wide range of the views and experience to continue to address the needs of Australia’s ageing population.”

Mr Wyatt said that in an important step to address the diverse needs of senior Australians, four action plans under the Aged Care Sector Committee’s Aged Care Diversity Framework had been launched last month.

The action plans guided aged care providers and others in the sector on delivering respectful, inclusive and culturally safe services to:

  • Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • Senior culturally and linguistically diverse people;
  • Senior lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, and intersex elders; and
  • All diverse groups.

More information on the Aged Care Sector Committee is available here

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