Victorian aged care provider Benetas has appointed Sarah McInerney as its general manager of quality, outcomes and research.

Ms McInerney, who has more than 15 years of experience in health and community services, is moving from Australian Unity where she has been executive manager of service improvement, residential communities for almost two years, and was responsible for managing the organisation’s pandemic response.

Prior to this, she was a non-executive director at Illawarra Diggers Aged Care Facility, pharmacy business owner and solicitor.

Ms McInerney replaces inaugural general manager of quality, outcomes and research Dr Catherine Joyce, who is leaving the role to move interstate.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said Ms McInerney would be a great addition to the organisation to extend the good work of Dr Joyce.

“Sarah is a values driven leader with a strong focus on customer outcomes and experience, and strives for best practice and innovation in her roles” Ms Hills said.

Sandra Hills

“She has improved the health and wellbeing outcomes for a range of people across a vast number of settings over her career,” she said.

Ms McInerney is “well versed in managing risk assessment” as well as reporting and meeting compliance requirements, Ms Hills said.

“This will build on the legacy left by Dr Joyce in developing exceptional quality and risk frameworks, setting Benetas up for increased reporting requirements following the royal commission findings and building on actionable research which benefits our clients and older Australians more broadly.”

Ms McInerney, who will start work at Benetas on 3 November, said she was looking forward to joining the organisation.

“I am excited to take on this role, meet my team and join my executive peers in helping the organisation to navigate the significant sector changes ahead and positively impact the lives of older Victorians,” she said.

Main image: Sarah McInerney

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