Mitch Fifield establishes the Aged Care Sector Committee to ‘help the sector adapt to new demands and greater consumer focus’

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Heavy hitter Prof Peter Shergold AC has been appointed to chair the new Aged Care Sector Committee. The Federal government press release states it ‘understands the need to work in partnership with the aged care sector and aged care consumers’.
Change in greater consumer focus is emphasised. An indication of government’s intent is Prof Shergold’s appointment as chairman. Today he is Chancellor of Western Sydney University. In 2003 John Howard appointed him as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia’s most senior public servant. He then led the Department for 5 years. He also produced the Shergold Report on Emission Trading that was adopted by all States.
The Professor sits on a number of boards including AMP Ltd and is Deputy Chair of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
13 other committee members include:
Professor John Kelly, CEO, ACSA
Patrick Reid, CEO, LASA
Ian Yates, CEO, COTA
Lee Thomas, Fed. Sec., Aust. Nursing and Midwifery
Michael O’Neill, National Seniors
Lin Hatfield Dodds, Nat. Director, UnitingCare
Martin Laverty, CEO, Catholic Health Aust.
Glenn Rees, CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia
Ara Cresswell, CEO, Carers Australia
Netty Horton, Prog. Director, Salvation Army
Gary Barnier, MD, Domain Principal Group
Louis Dudley, MD, Bupa
Lynda O’Grady, Principal of Advanced Management Service