The new chief executive officer of not-for-profit care provider Wesley Mission Queensland has named improved funding for residential aged care and additional packages for home care among her priorities.

In December, experienced aged care executive Jude Emmer took over as CEO of Wesley Mission Queensland, which provides services to people of all ages including aged, disability and child care, retirement living and mental health support.

She has a history of management and leadership roles in the health and community sectors and was most previously state manager of fellow care provider St Vincent’s Care Services.

Her experience includes CEO and director of clinical services at hospitals in south east Queensland, such as St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital, Noosa Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital.

Ms Emmer said there was incredible potential to further support Queensland communities in Queensland during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“I’m excited to see how we can continue to use the vast expertise of our dedicated and passionate staff and our innovative approach to support people with mental health programs and disability services and to continue to advocate for more aged care funding for residential aged care and home care packages to give our elders the care they deserve,” she said.

“As Queensland and Australia emerges from this pandemic and as we look to the outcomes of both the aged care and disability royal vcommissions the services of an organisation like ours will be critical in supporting our communities to recover and flourish.”

She said she was drawn to Wesley Mission Queensland because of its large scope of services and ability to make a difference to many people’s lives.  

“It’s an organisation synonymous with compassion and social justice, known for providing exceptional care and support to vulnerable people, when they need it most,” she said. 

Ms Emmer replaces Geoff Batkin, who retired in December after 23 years at Wesley Mission Queensland.

Main image: Jude Emmer.

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