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ACSA announces appointment of Pat Sparrow as CEO

DPS Publishing CEO David Baker is thrilled at the appointment of Pat Sparrow as head of Aged and Community Services Australia.

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Pat’s appointment comes at a critical time as ACSA transitions from a federated to a national organisation and as reform of aged care continues. Pat has most recently been aged and palliative care adviser to Sussan Ley, Minister for Health, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Sport. She has previously worked with ACSA, COTA and the National Aged Care Alliance.

ACSA National President, Paul Sadler, says “No-one is better placed to represent ACSA and its members as once-in-a-generation reforms of aged care take place. Pat brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

Mr Baker describes Pat as having the attributes needed for the role with her diplomacy, advocacy, political awareness and astute mind, which understands the consumer/provider Government interface.

"We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Pat from her original tenure with ACSA when the DPS Guide to Aged Care was in its infancy. I look forward to seeing Pat's ethical business model in action when she takes up the new role on 1 August," says Mr Baker.

Looking forward to her new role, Ms Sparrow says “ACSA is on the threshold of a new era, both as an organisation and in the challenges it faces in an increasingly competitive, consumer-driven environment. This is an opportunity to establish a strong voice, to have real respect and influence among key stakeholders and to achieve outcomes that benefit not only ACSA’s members, but contribute to the best possible outcomes for older Australians.”

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