The NEXT GEN Young Leaders Forum in Perth on Tuesday 15 May is the first event under the NEXT GEN initiative and will be launched by the Federal Minister for Aged Care Hon Ken Wyatt MP.

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) is launching the NEXT GEN initiative to attract the best and brightest young leaders and professionals to steer the age services industry through a period of unprecedented growth and change and into the future.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the forum is targeting all young professionals, current leaders, emerging leaders and Board Directors wanting to make a positive difference in the lives of older Australians.

“They may already be working in the aged care industry or be an ambitious young professional seeking a dynamic new career path,” Mr Rooney said.

“These young professionals are ambitious and creative, with a vision that challenges many of the mindsets and models associated with the way we currently care for our older Australians.

“The combination of increasing demand for age services, the emerging need for renewal and growth of the current workforce, and the desire for new ideas, technologies and models of care to meet the changing needs of the growing numbers of older Australians, make the NEXT GEN initiative a program of national importance for the age services industry.”

Mr Rooney said there is also a need to improve the perception of aged care as a career option for people under 35 years.

“The industry needs young leaders to ensure the growing numbers of older Australians receive the best possible care, support and service,” Mr Rooney said.

“Next Gen is designed to promote the changing face of aged care – and profile the aged care industry as dynamic, innovative and potentially life-changing.

“There are many excellent career opportunities, working in either age services directly, or in the professions and trades that service our industry, where people can be challenged and rewarded, all while making a meaningful difference in people’s lives.”

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