The Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is the national peak body, newly formed on the 6 February 2017. At the helm for the past six months, Chief Executive Officer, Pat Sparrow has been focused on Government and member organisations and setting the strategic direction for the national organisation.

Ms Sparrow, has combined 70 national staff under one management structure and overseen several submissions on issues varying from budgets and finance to elder abuse and the Community Visitors Scheme. Ms Sparrow recognises the importance of local state associations, to the continual delivery of high quality services at a local level, and raises the objective of enabling the best of these, to deliver on a national basis.

In ACSA’s recent Pre-Budget Submission, Government support for the industry to develop a much needed workforce strategy to meet the increasing service demands and changing models to meet consumer expectations, has been raised as a matter of great importance.

According to Ms Sparrow staff issues which need addressing include training and education, support for staff to up-skill for the delivery of services and to retain qualified staff.

More information about the direction that Ms Sparrow is taking ASCA see here: https://www.agedcareguide.com.au/talking-aged-care/acsas-pat-sparrow-on-taking-leadership-and-a-national-focus