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ACT ageing advisory council

Patrick Reid LASA CEO

Patrick Reid

The ACT Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing has appointed five new members to provide strategic advice to the minister on the future of ageing and aged care policy in the territory.

Among the new appointees are Leading Age Services Australia CEO Patrick Reid; IRT area manager for the ACT Margaret Thornton, CEO of the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service Fiona May, Canberra Seniors Centre president David Rymer and former YMCA community health and special populations manager Helen Palethorpe OAM.

Minister for Ageing, Shane Rattenbury said the 10-member council assists the government to develop and implement positive ageing policies in order to advance the status and interests of older people.

Margaret Thornton

Margaret Thornton

The Council had a key role in developing the ACT Strategic Plan for Positive Ageing 2010-2014: Towards an Age-Friendly City and continues to provide advice on its implementation.

The new appointees will join continuing members including council chair, David Lawrance, deputy chair Viola Kalokerinos, Laurayne Bowler, Nancy Edwards and Maurice Sexton OAM.

Minister Rattenbury said all members of the council on ageing have demonstrated a strong commitment to the advancement of older people in the ACT.

All appointments are for two years.

To bring an issue to the Council’s attention contact the Secretariat on (02) 6207 6138 or send an email to

Ben Oxford

Ben Oxford

Changes at Bethanie

Bethanie, a large WA not-for profit aged care provider has appointed Ben Oxford as its General Manager of Customer Engagement and Chris Frame as General Manager of Marketing and Brand.

Mr Oxford’s new role will work across all customer engagement services, reporting to Bethanie CEO, Stephen Becsi.

Mr Oxford is the current Vice Chairman of the Customer Service Council of Australia and has held roles at Western Power (2011 – 2013) and Silver Chain (2005 – 2008).

Chris Frame

Chris Frame

Chris Frame will build on his previous role as Marketing and Brand Manager at Bethanie to enhance the current brand management, public relations and marketing as General Manager.

Mr Frame has previously held research marketing roles at Westfield (2005-2008) and digital marketing at Marketforce Australia (2008-2010).

Legal moves

Adelaide’s O’Loughlins Lawyers have appointed Alf Macolino and Rebecca Barr to its retirement living/aged care practice group.

Both lawyers have come from Lynch Meyer, where they led the aged care and property practice.

Ms Barr is the 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law and was included in the peer-voted-and-reviewed Australia’s best lawyers list.

Mr Macolino was the only South Australian lawyer to rate in the Best Lawyers list in both the Retirement Villages / Senior Living Law category and the Real Property category.

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