Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has appointed Pat Sparrow as its new chief executive officer.
Ms Sparrow is currently aged care advisor to the Minister for Aged Care Sussan Ley, and was formerly deputy CEO and policy manager at ACSA.
She left ACSA in August 2011 to head up aged care reform engagement with Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia. She has been advisor to the Commonwealth minister since February 2014.
In an announcement to staff this afternoon ACSA president Paul Sadler said that Ms Sparrow brought a wealth of experience to the role.
“She has a unique perspective on aged care, having worked in the bureaucracy at local and state government level, for service providers, for consumers and for federal ministers,” he said.
Commenting on her new role, Ms Sparrow said ACSA was on the threshold of a new era, both as an organisation and the challenges it faced in an increasingly competitive, consumer-driven environment.
“This is an opportunity to establish a strong voice, to have real respect and influence among key stakeholders and to achieve outcomes that benefit not only ACSA’s members, but contribute to the best possible outcomes for older Australians,” she said.
Ms Sparrow will take up her new role on 1 August.