New provider-led Aged Care Reform Network (ACRN) emerges to take the lead on sector reform

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In December last year, the private operator-led peak body Aged Care Guild announced it was disbanding after seven years in favour of a new network of “providers leading providers, without pre-existing constraints” – now the ACRN is looking to contribute to and lead the sector’s reform post-Royal Commission.

A mix of large private and Not For Profit operators – Allity, Bolton Clarke, Estia, HammondCare, Opal, Regis and Uniting NSW/ACT – have all joined the network, which is not a membership-based body.

The Network is also being supported by a range of other providers which are being consulted.

Regis CEO Linda Mellors (pictured above) tells us that the intent of the network is “to contribute meaningfully to aged care sector reform in the context of the once in a generation opportunity to create a sustainable and high-quality aged care system senior Australians need and deserve”.

Linda stresses that the ACRC are not a lobby group.

“Our discussions are all centred on reform of the sector and our role as providers in supporting and leading reform,” she said.

The group has already discussed a number of areas outlined for reform in the Royal Commission and says it is now awaiting the Government’s full response to the Final Report to inform its plans.

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