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Dr David Panter to replace Rob Hankins at ECH; Award-winning video editor Clive Jenkins joins ACC; and Professor Colette Browning takes over from Associate Professor Susan Koch at RDNS Institute

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  • Dr David Panter to replace Rob Hankins at ECH
  • Award-winning video editor Clive Jenkins joins ACC
  • Professor Colette Browning takes over from Associate Professor Susan Koch at RDNS Institute
Dr David Panter to replace Rob Hankins at ECH

South Australian community aged care and retirement living provider ECH Group has announced Dr David Panter will take over as CEO in March when Rob Hankins steps down after almost 14 years in the job.

Dr David Panter
Dr David Panter

Dr Panter comes to ECH following 10 years in senior leadership roles in SA Health with most recent positions including CEO of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network and project director for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Prior to that he held health and local government leadership roles with a strong focus on aged care service provision in the UK, where he was also a member of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair’s National Older Person’s Task Force.

ECH is ideally positioned to respond to the challenges and ever-changing needs of older people and the opportunity to lead the organisation was a challenge too good to miss, Dr Panter said.

“The delivery of community-based services that enable people to age where they choose to live is a clear objective of ECH that I wholly endorse,” he said.

ECH chairman Dr Tom Stubbs said ECH was thrilled to find and appoint a leader of Dr Panter’s calibre to replace Mr Hankins.

He said Dr Panter had an outstanding record of performance in health and ageing as demonstrated by recently managing an organisation of more than 10,000 staff with a $1.5 billion budget, and his capacity to manage major infrastructure projects and private-public sector relationships as leader of the RAH project.

Dr Stubbs also paid tribute to Mr Hankins for leading ECH’s transformation into a leading, innovative provider of retirement homes and community-based services.

Last year, Mr Hankins led the strategic divestment of ECH’s residential aged care facilities in South Australia and the Northern Territory in order to dedicate its focus on community, home, centre-based and wellness services and independent-living retirement villages.

Award-winning video editor Clive Jenkins joins ACC

Education and training provider Aged Care Channel (ACC) has appointed multi-award winning film and video editor Clive Jenkins to its Sydney-based television production team.

Clive Jenkins
Clive Jenkins

Mr Jenkins, who will take on a senior editor role with ACC-TV, is a highly creative and skilled film and video editor and post production expert, according to ACC.

He has 35 years’ film and video industry experience, which began at the Australian Broadcasting Commission and included more than 20 years in the US working with CNN/Time Warner, Turner Network Television, General Motors USA and The Rock & Roll Hall of fame.

Mr Jenkins has international, national and regional awards for excellence in visual effects and editing including four Emmy Awards for complete broadcast station packages.

He said he looked forward to the opportunity to bring his experience in film and TV production to the aged care sector.

“I like to bring stories to life ensuring an absorbing experience which is both entertaining and informative,” Mr Jenkins said.

ACC CEO Russell Bricknell said Mr Jenkins would bring a broad and deep body of knowledge to complement existing experience within the team at a transformative time for education and technology in the aged care sector.

Professor Colette Browning takes over from Associate Professor Susan Koch at RDNS Institute

Community aged care provider RDNS has announced Professor Colette Browning as the new director of its research arm, the RDNS Institute, taking over from Associate Professor Susan Koch who retires in May after four years of service.

Healthy ageing, services and quality of life for older people and behavioural and social factors in chronic disease self-management, are among the research interests of Professor Browning, a Professor of Healthy Ageing at Monash University and a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

Professor Browning’s experience includes advising the Victorian Government on its Inquiry into Opportunities for Participation of Senior Victorians and member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Senior Victorians.

She has also provided policy advice on ageing and primary health care to the China Ministry of Health and the Shenzhen government in China, where she holds positions including Commissioner of the Chinese National General Practice Research Development Centre, Editorial Board member of the Chinese Journal of General Practice, and Deputy Chief Editor of the Chinese Hospital President’s Guide.

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From left: Professor Colette Browing and Associate Professor Susan Koch 

Professor Browning said she was “extremely pleased” to be joining RDNS and looked forward to building on the excellent work of the institute, expanding the research focus to include a healthy ageing orientation, and assisting the organisation engage with China and internationally.

“My goal is to provide strategic input to RDNS and enhance its reputation as a leader in ageing research and the delivery of high evidence-based services that serve the Australian community,” Professor Browning said.

RDNS CEO Adjunct Professor Stephen Muggleton, who thanked Associate Professor Koch’s for her “stellar” contribution to RDNS, outstanding leadership and commitment to aged care and public health research, said he was delighted Professor Browning accepted the appointment.

“We are indeed fortunate to have Colette as a senior member of our executive team. She is recognised as a national and international leader in psychology and health,” Professor Muggleton said.

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