There’s a new tribe of young professionals providing fresh perspectives in the age services sector. They’re ready to ensure we attract, develop and retain the passionate professionals needed to lead the design and delivery of high performing, respected and sustainable age services into the future.

They are the Next Gen Ambassadors – part of Leading Age Services Australia’s new youth initiative, an industry wide program to engage and encourage young professionals to see age services as a dynamic, innovative and life changing career opportunity.

Fifteen young leaders will sit on the National Ambassador Council, while another 73 Ambassadors will form the SA, VIC + TAS, QLD, NSW + ACT, and WA Councils.

They are clinical and non-clinical professionals in a variety of leadership roles who are now providing advice on issues affecting them and their peers, and are advising on youth issues, creating innovative projects, and promoting age services to young Australians.

Chair of the National Ambassador Council and National Director of Research and Innovation at Marchese Partners, Nikki Beckman, wants to inspire other young, ambitious professionals to consider a career in the age services industry.

“We need creative individuals who are passionate about impacting society positively to see the value and contribution they can make to improve the lives of older Australians and the workforce dedicated to supporting them.”

Recognising the impact young professionals have and the need to ensure their voices are heard is critical for our age services workforce and succession planning efforts across Australia.

“Our Ambassadors are leading in all areas of age services, from bedside to boardroom.” said Samantha Bowen, Principal Advisor Next Gen, “It’s time we ensured youth voices are heard and listened to as we build new strategies and initiatives for our industry’s future.”

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said, The Ambassadors are an important voice for the future of our sector. It’s wonderful to see young people bringing their passion, energy and initiative to the task of realising  the dynamic, innovative, and future focused sector we need it to be.”

Approximately 23% of employees in aged care are under the age of 35, while in the next 10-15 years, 60% of the aged care workforce will enter retirement age. The Ambassador Councils are vital to ensuring the initiatives we build are relevant, make an impact, and deliver on what our young leaders see as the core priorities to engage, inspire and connect young people to the future of our industry.

“It’s all about recognising and disrupting our workforce challenges through succession planning and building the capacity of our Next Gen leaders to see the opportunities around us, develop new ideas, and execute change,” said Ms Bowen.

Today LASA is ensuring younger generations are changing their perceptions of aged care by involving them in the industry’s transformation, and ensuring they are part of building solutions that support high quality care and safety of our older adults.

See the full list of National Ambassadors here:

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 About LASA Next Gen

Next Gen is LASA’s national initiative attracting and inspiring the best and brightest young leaders and professionals who are passionate about the age services industry and committed to steering their organisations through this period of unprecedented growth and change. It is designed to promote the changing face of aged care and profile our industry to young professionals as dynamic, innovative and life-changing.We focus on building a strong network of leaders for the age services sector to ensure all ages are engaged in our industry’s discussions. It is an initiative for all young professionals working in, or providing products and services to, our industry.  We are committed to  supporting industry succession planning by building workforce capacity to lead the sector into the future, plus create the types of dynamic and innovative workplaces we want to work within.

It’s all about recognising and disrupting our workforce challenges by building the capacity of our Next Gen leaders to see the opportunities around us, develop new ideas, and execute change.

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 57% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 33% are for-profit providers and 10% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.