A new aged care leadership portal will be launched on Monday to deliver resources and tools specifically targeting leadership development and promotion in the sector.
As Australian Ageing Agenda has reported, the centre was a recommendation of the Aged Care Leadership Development Strategy released in late 2013 in order to provide a gateway for national resources, activities and greater collaboration on aged care leadership.
The project is a partnership between aged care’s two national industry peak bodies, Aged and Community Services Australia and Leading Age Services Australia, and the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council.
The virtual Aged Care Leadership Development Centre will host a range of tools including the Aged Care Leadership Capability Framework and strategy and will promote an online community to discuss leadership issues through blogs and forums.
The leadership resources were designed to help build effective leaders at all levels of an organisation and to support aged care providers in the areas of recruitment, performance appraisal and succession planning.
ACSA chief executive officer Adjunct Professor John Kelly said the resources outline the knowledge, skills and attributes that contemporary aged care leaders need.
During the development of the portal and its resources, more the 450 aged care leaders were consulted on their views on leadership and the challenges they faced.
Patrick Reid, LASA chief executive officer, said the online portal facilitated a place where leaders “could come together to share ideas, learnings and access resources and tools that could be applied personally and to their businesses.”
CS&HISC chief executive officer Rod Cooke said aged care providers were already successfully using the capability framework, first released last year, to develop leadership skills in their staff.
He said the project aimed to build a culture of leadership development across the industry and recognised that capable leadership was critical to the success and adaptability of the industry.
Access the tools and resources at the online Aged Care Leadership Development Centre