New CEO for LASA

The sector’s newest peak body has just announced that its soon-to-be new CEO will be pharmacist and healthcare advocate, Patrick Reid.

It’s a new year and a new start for the aged care sector’s newest peak body, Leading Age Services (LASA), with the announcement of a new CEO appointment earlier today.

The organisation’s soon-to-be leader is pharmacist, Patrick Reid, who will officially take grip over the LASA reins from outgoing CEO, Gerard Mansour, on 7 February.

As the current national director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Mr Reid has considerable experience in the health care industry.

“As a pharmacist I understand the challenges facing the aged care sector and particularly those charged with caring for and housing older Australians,” Mr Reid said.

“I am committed to working for the LASA members and their clients to ensure that a unified voice is heard by government and stakeholders.”

Chairman of LASA, General Peter Cosgrove, said he believes Mr Reid’s appointment is a “real triumph for LASA and the aged care sector”.

“He is a very talented executive with a tremendous background in advocacy and stakeholder representation, governance, negotiation and healthcare management, all of which equip him well to lead LASA in this most significant of times for our industry.

“…Patrick’s appointment demonstrates LASA’s commitment to serving the needs of our industry and members is stronger than ever. 2013 will be a very important year for aged care reform and we are well placed to lead this process on behalf of our members.”

Mr Reid was involved in negotiating and implementing several aspects of the Community Pharmacy Agreements, and brings to LASA extensive experience in delivering national programs and policy on behalf of a member organisation.

In October, LASA announced that inaugural CEO, Gerard Mansour would be stepping down to support a family member with a private medical issue.

LASA acknowledged Gerard’s considerable efforts as inaugural CEO, his knowledge and skill have been valuable assets for the association. The body also offered its support to its outgoing leader.

Mr Mansour will leave the position of CEO on 1 February.

“LASA has achieved much in its first year of operation,” said Gen Cosgrove.

“We are now established as the peak body in the aged care industry. We know that ordinary Australians do not differentiate between private and not-for-profit aged care providers and nor do we.

“LASA advocates that every Australian deserves to age well and that all industry providers must be supported in order to flourish.”

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3 thoughts on “New CEO for LASA

  1. Bold comment from Cosgrove ‘the’ peak body in the aged care industry – one of several I would have thought.

    I’m not sure that ‘ordinary Australians’ think much about aged care providers at all and in that sense wouldn’t give a toss about their mission or tax status. There is evidence that those who have contact with the sector say they do know the difference though, rightly or wrongly.

  2. There are plenty of us out here that would love the oportunity to collaborate with the “Peak Body” or as greg states one of many.

    the reality is we ned to change the model and provide care the meets its clients expectations. One of the things that is missing is the education. Engaging in the conversations that are tough to have, palliative care, end of life, culture and diversity, this includes the end users, their loved ones and the care teams.
    The peak body needs to take some layers off the onion, so the roses can be smelt and enjoyed by all involved in care.

    Nursing professionals are the key to good leadership, gerontology is a specialised practice that needs to be recognised and empowered.

    As for the money…..good luck with that mess.

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