Sarah McLelland appointed interim CEO of Aged Care Workforce Industry Council

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The Not For Profit Aged Care Workforce Industry Council’s (ACWIC) executive policy director of policy and engagement, Sarah McLelland (main picture) has been appointed interim CEO after Louise O’Neill resigned.

Louise was appointed the Council’s inaugural CEO in July 2020 to lead the organisation’s implementation of 14 strategic actions arising from the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce’s A Matter of Care report.

She resigned her position due to personal reasons, the ACWIC announced in a statement on its website.

“Ms O’Neill has made a significant contribution to ACWIC and its mission to build and shape the future aged care workforce. We wish Louise the very best and thank her for setting the organisation on a strong path to delivering on our purpose,” ACWIC Chair Libby Lyons said.

Louise said she was proud of the progress that ACWIC had made against its charter.

“The Council plays a critically important role in solving the workforce challenge for aged care by bringing the industry together and working to a united approach,” she said.

Sarah, a public servant with more than 15 years’ experience across aged care, disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, acted as interim CEO earlier this year.

The Council has received $10.9 million in funding from the Department of Health and receives in-kind support from the aged care sector.