LASA today launched innovAGEING – a national innovation network for Australia’s age services industry – at LASA’s National Congress on the Gold Coast.
“LASA believes that a national scale, collaborative approach to age services innovation is urgently needed as our industry responds to reform challenges, market opportunities, new technologies and changing consumer preferences,” LASA CEO Sean Rooney said.
“Participation in the innovAGEING network is open to all providers of care and support in the age services industry, suppliers of products and services to the industry, relevant university centres and researchers, age services consumer groups, interested public sector agencies and investors.”
The innovAGEING network is designed to:
- Establish and facilitate a connected ‘community of practice’ for progressive thinkers, practitioners and innovators in the age services industry.
- Create, capture and share examples of age services innovation in Australia, and promote innovation within our industry and across the wider community.
- Celebrate, highlight and elevate innovation in the age services industry through a major national awards program.
Mr Rooney said discussions are already underway with potential innovAGEING partners to align with the Government’s innovation agenda and aged care sector reform initiatives.
“The aged care industry strives to be high performing and consumer-centric, with a variety of products, services and delivery models that will meet the individual needs of older Australians and their families,” Mr Rooney said. “The innovAGEING network will help ensure that this future is achievable.”
Mr Rooney said our ageing population presents an innovation imperative for the age services industry: “We need to accelerate innovation and collaboration in our industry to translate ideas into action, resulting in better outcomes for older Australians. Embracing innovation in aged care will further enable older Australians to retain their independence, giving them choice and control over the care, support and services they need and deserve.”