National Aged Care Advisory Council membership announced


Tuesday, 16 January, 2024

National Aged Care Advisory Council membership announced

The new membership of the National Aged Care Advisory Council has been announced by the federal government.

The Council offers key expert advice to the government on matters that pertain to the aged care sector and was established in response to recommendation seven of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Nine members return to the Council and nine new members have been appointed, commencing in January 2024.

“A refreshed membership for the National Aged Care Advisory Council will mean we receive the best advice from the sector as we enter the next phase of reforming aged care,” said Anika Wells, Minister for Aged Care.

“The National Aged Care Advisory Council is one of the ways I can be confident I’m hearing from a wide range of sector representatives as we reform aged care, and making changes that are fit for purpose.

“I thank outgoing members for their valuable contributions and look forward to working with new and returning members in 2024.”

Ms Andrea Coote remains as Council Chair and is joined by new members:

  • Ms Annie Butler, Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Association
  • Mr Lloyd Williams, National Secretary of the Health Services Union
  • Ms Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director of the United Workers Union
  • Ms Pat Sparrow, CEO of COTA Australia
  • Mr Tom Symondson, CEO of Aged Care and Community Providers Association
  • Mr Carlo Carli, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia
  • Ms Jenny Dodd, CEO of TAFE Directors Australia
  • Mr Simon Miller, CEO of Anglicare
  • Ms Cathy Thomas, Group Executive of Aged Care and Community Services, BlueCare.
     

Returning members are:

  • Ms Anne Burgess AM
  • Mr Craig Gear
  • Ms Maree McCabe AM
  • Mr Mike Baird AO
  • Ms Rachel Argaman OAM
  • Ms Jody Currie
  • Dr Sandra Iuliano
  • Associate Professor Michael Murray AM
     

“The members of the National Aged Care Advisory Council have wide-ranging expertise and knowledge of the aged care sector. Our refreshed membership will ensure we continue to provide robust advice that reflects the full sector to government,” Coote said.

Council members are not organisational representatives but are selected because of their strong connections to sector organisations and relevant expertise.

Image credit: iStock.com/Igor Kutyaev

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