Ms Stuart Smith will be replacing former IRT Group Director, Mike Hyde, who retired from the Board position in 2020.
With over 25 years of experience in the health industry, Ms Stuart Smith says she has a passion for improving the lives of older Australians and is looking forward to her new role.
"I’ve always had a vested interest in aged care and working hard to affect change, help our industry improve and grow, and deliver quality outcomes for residents, customers and their families," says Ms Stuart Smith.
"Despite the unprecedented changes, upheavals and challenges, the industry has a hold on my heart. Working in aged care has been the most uplifting gig of my lifetime, and I’m looking forward to supporting IRT to help older Australians live with dignity, respect and choice and achieve their optimum quality of life."
Ms Stuart Smith was the past Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of James Milson Village, a North Sydney aged care and retirement living provider, and has held senior management roles at Moran Health Care and Living Care.
Additionally, she has also spent time working for both the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Department of Health as a member of the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) Policy Directorate for Aged Care.
Ms Stuart Smith has had roles working in nursing and Aboriginal health, and has a strong clinical background as a Registered Nurse with qualifications in management, disabilities, psychology and aged care.
Chair of IRT Group, Mike Halloran, says he is pleased to have such an experienced Director of Ms Stuart Smith's calibre joining the Board.
"We were committed to identifying the right candidate to complement the existing Directors and we are confident we have found that in Ms Stuart Smith," says Mr Halloran.
"Together with our current Directors, Ms Stuart Smith will help to guide the organisation through the many opportunities and challenges our industry continues to face so that we can improve the lives of older Australians for many years to come."
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