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Aged care advocates announce their joining of forces for the future

Two advocates for not-for-profit aged care providers in Australia have recently announced their decision to enter into a group membership agreement aimed at strengthening their national voice and enhance advocacy efforts on behalf of members on critical issues shaping the sector.

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Presbyterian Care Australia have announced that they formed a membership agreement on 1 July 2018 (Source: Shutterstock)
Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Presbyterian Care Australia have announced that they formed a membership agreement on 1 July 2018 (Source: Shutterstock)

The membership agreement was officially commenced between Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Presbyterian Care Australia on 1 July 2018, but only officially announced in late July.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Presbyterian Care Australia, Paul Sadler, says the agreement will help to boost cooperation on critical areas of policy development at a time of much change and reform in the sector.

“Combining our advocacy efforts with ACSA as the peak body will strengthen our voice on those issues changing the face of aged care in Australia and how we ensure our members are providers that can thrive in our fast-changing sector,” Mr Sadler says.

ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow says the peak body is looking forward to strengthening what has been a long and productive association with Presbyterian Care Australia.

“Our advocacy efforts are stronger together,” Ms Sparrow explains.

“We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with Presbyterian Care Australia including providers who are already members and those we welcome as new members into the ACSA network.

“We have a huge amount to accomplish together as we strengthen our national voice on those issues so important to members; the sustainable funding of the sector, making the provision of residential and home care sustainable and effective in supporting the ageing population into the future and ensuring that older Australians continue to have choice and control over their own services.”

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