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New CEO appointed to Aged Care Workforce Industry Council

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council has announced the appointment of Louise O'Neill as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Council.

Louise O'Neill will be stepping into the inaugural role of CEO for the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council. [Source: Supplied]
Louise O'Neill will be stepping into the inaugural role of CEO for the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council. [Source: Supplied]

Her tenure in the position begins in July of this year and she will be undertaking the delivery of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy, A Matter of Care, over the next three years. 

Ms O'Neill has over 18 years experience in the Australian Public sector working across disability, aged care, health, Indigenous, and communications portfolios.

Looking forward to her new position, Ms O'Neill says this is a fantastic opportunity for her to assist the Council in implementing the Aged Care Workforce Strategy.

"I believe strongly in the 14 Strategic Outcomes of the strategy," explains Ms O'Neill.

"I am thrilled to be able to utilise my experience towards delivering measures that will enable significant improvements for the aged care sector’s workforce and in turn for those receiving care and their families."

The development of the Strategic Actions of the Workforce Strategy is already underway including work on the Voluntary Industry Code of Practice, workforce planning, assessment and development of online training curriculums, supporting the establishment of the Centre for Growth and Translational Research (CGTR) and the first industry workforce study.

Kevin McCoy, Acting Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Industry and CEO of Independent and Assisted Living at Australian Unity, says the appointment of Ms O'Neill is a huge milestone for the Council.

"The role of the CEO is pivotal to the ability of the Council to implement a program of change," explains Mr McCoy.

"The position is essential in setting the Council up to develop strategies that align with the Council’s vision and goals, overseeing operational and financial performance, and enabling effective liaison and engagement with key stakeholders.

"We believe Ms O’Neill is a great fit for this role with her extensive government experience within the health and disability sector as well as her stakeholder engagement and communications abilities."

Mr McCoy adds that the appointment of Ms O'Neill will be funded with Government support and will allow for the acceleration of the Council's work over the next three years.

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