Spiritual care in ageing peak body Meaningful Ageing Australia has appointed Amanda Altman, Andrea King and David Panter to serve on its board.

Amanda Altman

Ms Altman, who is quality manager at Pennwood Aged Care Services, started her aged care career in the community sector managing not-for-profit and local government programs targeting community connection and wellbeing for older people. 

She also worked as an aged care quality assessor and holds a Masters’ degree in health industry management.

Ms King, who is manager of allied health at Brightwater Care Group, joins MAA with nearly 30 years of experience as a physiotherapist, specialising in tertiary-level health in the areas of neuro, acquired brain injury and late effects of disability.

Andrea King

She also worked at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia where she led, created and developed large allied health teams in tertiary rehabilitation.

Mr Panter, who is CEO of ECH Inc, is a trained psychologist. He has worked in health and social care in the United Kingdom and Australia for over 42 years with half of this time as a chief executive.

David Panter

In 2004 he was recruited to the South Australian public health system for 10 years where he led reforms, including the development of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

MAA chair Nick Ryan welcomed the new board members.

“The level of experience, energy and passion that our three new directors bring to the board is very exciting – and a great addition for our next chapter,” Mr Ryan said.

MAA recognises elders

MAA also announced Charles Sturt University Adjunct Research Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay and former Southern Cross Care NSW/ACT CEO John Ireland as the inaugural Honorary Elders of Meaningful Ageing Australia.

MAA established the Honorary Eldership to recognise individuals whose achievements and contributions have served and shaped the vision and mission of the organisation.

Professor MacKinlay is a registered nurse and priest in the Anglican Church of Australia who researches and teaches spirituality, dementia, ageing and frailty.

Mr Ireland has four decades of experience in aged care leadership roles, including as chairman of the UPA of New South Wales board. He is passionate about pastoral and spiritual care and continues to mentor leaders in the sector and regularly visits residents across a number of aged care facilities, MAA said in a statement.

MAA said Professor MacKinlay and Mr Ireland have been recognised for their service to the organisation and the sector.

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