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Sadler appointed interim CEO of ACCPA, Rooney steps into other new role

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The new Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) Board has appointed an interim CEO to manage operations and finalise services in the lead-up to its July 1 start date.

ACCPA Board chair Dr Graeme Blackman said effective from June 1, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) CEO Paul Sadler, pictured above left, will step into the role of ACCPA Interim CEO.

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), CEO Sean Rooney, pictured above right, has decided to step down from his role and will not participate in the process to recruit a CEO for the new aged care peak body.

Instead he will lead a newly established project management office to continue the important work of transitioning into a new single entity.

An interim executive team comprising five general managers has also been formed, reporting directly to the interim CEO.

Blackman said the structure will oversee ACCPA’s activities from June up until the end of September, or when ACCPA’s permanent CEO role is filled.

ACSA and LASA services will continue uninterrupted during the transition.

Blackman said his Board greatly value the leadership and aged care experience that both Sadler and Rooney can offer in their interim roles as we move into this important next transition phase.

“Teamed with the interim executive team structure, it will provide much needed focus on establishing ACCPA’s operations and services, while moving to a unified approach and workplace culture as quickly as possible, ” he said.

Sadler said the interim executive structure would also provide all the benefits of working as one team right from the outset.

“Now we have the mandate to build a single industry voice, it’s vital that we also behave and communicate as a single team,” Sadler said.

“This enables a single focus on ACCPA’s long-term organisational structure and member services so our collaborative and unified approach to working with consumers, communities and government can begin.”

Sadler said ACCPA initial priorities will be:

  • An aged care reform reset post the election
  • Workforce
  • Sector sustainability and transparency
  • Improving quality care

In reaching the decision to step down from the role of CEO at LASA, Rooney said it was not an easy decision to make, but, due to a range of personal and professional factors, he feels it is the right decision.

“It has been a privilege to lead the outstanding team at LASA, work with a terrific Board, and do my best in representing and supporting the passionate and professional organisations and staff that provide care and support for older Australians,” he said.

“As I look to my future, I hope I can find other ways to contribute to the ageing and aged care agenda in Australia, whilst doing all I can to ensure that ACCPA realises its full potential.”

Rooney said his focus as lead of the project management office would be to drive the implementation of the transition plan, while monitoring and evaluating progress.

He will report to and work closely with the new ACCPA Board.

“We’re excited about the establishment of ACCPA and the opportunity to enhance the wellbeing of older Australians through a new industry association,” Rooney said.

“But there is much to be done between now and becoming operational, to ensure we build a high-performing, trusted and sustainable aged care sector.”

The search for ACCPA’s new CEO is already underway, with an announcement expected in the coming months.

About Aged & Community Care Providers Association

ACCPA was announced on May 3, following a call by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety last year, which recommended greater industry collaboration and unified leadership.

As a result, a transformation committee was formed to help drive change.

Members of peak bodies Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) then voted in favour of creating the single industry association at respective Special General Meetings on April 29, paving the way for the creation of ACCPA by July 2022.

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