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ACSA transitions into ACCPA for next step in aged care advocacy

Release date: 01 Jul 2022

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) will transition into new aged care sector peak Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) from today, with immediate past ACSA CEO Paul Sadler serving as the Interim CEO for ACCPA.

Mr Sadler says that the new association, which includes Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), is a positive step forward. It builds on joint efforts by ACSA and LASA, and faith-based providers, within the Australian Aged Care Collaboration (AACC) to advocate for urgent aged care reform throughout the 2022 Federal Election.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to have served as ACSA’s CEO the last ten months. With our not-for-profit members, ACSA created a representative voice that sought to ensure that aged care was an industry that improved the system to offer quality care to residents and quality conditions for its dedicated workforce.  

“During this time, I led ACSA and our members through a compounding wave that saw the sector straining at the pressures brought on by the pandemic, and the continuing workforce and funding crises.

“Our joint advocacy with LASA and faith-based aged care providers through the Australian Aged Care Collaboration saw aged care become one of the dominant issues in this year’s federal election. 

“What our achievements with the AACC have cemented is that purposeful collaboration is a powerful tool to lead aged care into its next phase. 

“With the support of ACSA’s members, we have made the decision to transition into ACCPA in order to strengthen our voice and our advocacy as we continue to hold the Federal government to account on their aged care commitments. 

“Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the journey so far. I’d like to especially thank all ACSA members, our staff, and board members past and present, for the vital role they have played. I look forward to their ongoing contribution.

“This major change is just the beginning and I’m proud to be here from the outset as interim CEO.

“ACCPA is committed to ensuring that urgent aged care reform remains a top priority in the years to come. We will face the challenges of the pandemic, implementing the Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations, and addressing the challenges in the sector head on as a united voice.”

Mr Sadler was appointed the interim CEO in May 2022 to help lead the transition into ACCPA. 

 

Media contact: Zerene Catacutan, 0422 815 248, zerene.catacutan@essentialmedia.com.au

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia

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