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  • New members appointed to Aged Care Sector Committee
  • Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council appoints chair

Three new members appointed to Aged Care Sector Committee

Jody Currie

Minister for Seniors Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt has appointed three new members to the Aged Care Sector Committee, which provides advice to the federal government on aged care policy development and implementation.

Jody Currie, chief executive officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane, joins the committee as the representative of the National Advisory Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care.

Ms Currie has expertise on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in aged care.

Professor John Pollaers has been appointed to the committee in his stead as chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

Professor John Pollaers

Professor Pollaers has extensive experience in supporting the education sector and the aged care workforce including as chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce.

The third new member is Professor John McCallum, CEO of National Seniors Australia, who replaces former National Seniors Australia CEO Dagmar Parson on the committee.

Professor McCallum has experience in health and ageing as a researcher and has led over 20 reports on the quality of life for older people. He has also previously attended the sector committee’s meetings in 2018 during his role as National Seniors Australia’s interim CEO.

Professor John McCallum

Mr Wyatt welcomed the new members to the sector committee.

“The appointments build on the committee’s strong collaboration with the Morrison Government ensuring aged care policy is informed by a wide range of the views and experience to continue to address the needs of Australia’s ageing population,” Minster Wyatt said.


Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council appoints chair

The Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council board has announced the appointment of Dr George Margelis as its independent chair.

Dr George Margelis

Dr Margelis has over 30 years of experience as a medical practitioner with expertise in technology. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Western Sydney University’s Tele-Health Research and Innovation Laboratory and a member of Ignition Labs, a start-up company for niche technologies in health care.

Dr Margelis was inducted into the Information and Technology in Aged Care Hall of Fame in July 2014 for his service to technology in the aged care sector.

He commenced his career as a trained optometrist and went on to study medicine at the University of Sydney. Dr Margelis previously worked with Macquarie Health Corporation, Intel Australia, Care Innovations and Intel Corporation.

He commenced his role as chair of ACIITC on 22 March.

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