Members of LASA and ACSA have voted to create a single, united organisation to represent aged care providers.
The new organisation will officially come into force from 1 July 2022, replacing LASA and ACSA as representative organisations.
LASA Chair Dr Graeme Blackman AO FTSE FAICD said the decision was a landmark for the aged care sector. “This decision heralds a new era for Australia’s aged care sector with a single industry association to provide a strong and united voice, as well as a helping hand, for all providers of aged care services,” Dr Blackman said.
The Aged Care Royal Commission recommended greater collaboration and a unified leadership representing providers of residential care, home and community care and retirement living for older Australians.
ACSA Chair Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen said the decision meant age care sector representation can move forward confidently as it advocates on behalf of hundreds of members around Australia.
“We know from the Royal Commission that the aged care sector faces enormous challenges as it undertakes reform and what is needed is the strongest possible representation to take our sector forward,” Prof Cornelissen said.
Further details about the new organisation will be announced in the coming weeks.