Duty of care: meeting the aged care workforce challenge

Duty of care: meeting the aged care workforce challenge

Sep 3
Australia’s aged care workforce is under strain. How do we build capacity, retain existing talent, and innovate our workforce in this critical sector without undermining other parts of the care economy?
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Libby Lyons, Chair, Aged Care Workforce Industry Council
Stephanie Buckland, Chief Executive Officer, Amana Living
Adj Prof Anita Ghose, Lead Partner, Aged Care, Deloitte
Cassandra Winzar, Senior Economist, CEDA

Event Overview

As the population ages, demand for aged care workers is burgeoning, while at the same time there are major constraints on supply. The aged care workforce will need to grow by nearly 17,000 workers a year over the next decade to meet basic standards of care. Meeting this will require a multifaceted approach addressing working conditions, training, migration, technology and promoting the industry. This is not a challenge that can be addressed by a single solution. 
Join CEDA for this special program in Perth. Hear key industry leaders unpack the recommendations of our latest report: Duty of care: meeting the aged care workforce challenge.

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Meet the keynote speaker

Libby Lyons
Chair, Aged Care Workforce Industry Council

Libby Lyons was formerly Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in October 2015. She oversees a statutory reporting process which gathers gender equality data from over 12,000 employers and covers more than 4 million Australian employees. Libby, in leading the Agency, is focused on working closely with employers to create workplaces in which the skills, experience and ambitions of employees are equally recognised and rewarded, regardless of their gender. Prior to joining the Agency Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, most recently heading BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division. Before this Libby was General Manager of External Relations at Atlas Iron, and held senior roles at CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra. Libby has always had a strong personal commitment to public service. She started her career as a primary school teacher in the outer-suburbs of Melbourne, has sat on the boards of the non-profit organisations SIDS and Kids WA, and was Executive Chairman for Kalparrin – a charity which supports the carers of children with disabilities.

Meet the panel

Stephanie Buckland
Chief Executive Officer, Amana Living

Stephanie Buckland is the CEO of Amana Living, one of WA’s largest not-for-profit providers of aged care services and part of the Anglican community. Since joining the organisation in 2016, she has led a program of transformation to improve the quality of care and bring Amana Living closer to its customers. Throughout her career, she has held a variety of leadership roles in the USA and Australia, including 6 years as CEO of Tourism WA. Stephanie is a Director of Aged and Community Services Australia; a Director of Anglicare Australia; and a member of the Curtin University Faculty of Business and Law Advisory Council.

Adj Prof Anita Ghose
Lead Partner, Aged Care, Deloitte

Adjunct Professor Anita Ghose is Deloitte Australia’s Lead Partner Aged Care; Partner, Health and Life Sciences in Transformation and Operations; Partner member Deloitte Global Health and Social Care practice and Deloitte Global Human Services Leadership; SME Partner Deloitte Canada and Asia Pacific. Anita has worked extensively across Australia and globally driving growth, innovation and transformation. She specialises in leading large-scale transformation programs that recognise the regulatory, policy, funding, quality, operational, workforce and technology challenges as well as innovation and future state considerations. She brings deep industry aged care experience and knowledge of the macro and micro systems and industry level reform as a turn-around specialist in business performance and optimisation. Anita was an invited member of the Federal Government’s Aged Care Reform Group, Technical Advisory Group Member Aged Care Workforce Taskforce, Member of national committees and expert advisory groups in aged care; worked with Deloitte Access Economics on aged care reform – projecting future impacts for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Meet the facilitator

Cassandra Winzar
Senior Economist, CEDA

Cassandra Winzar is Senior Economist (WA) at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Prior to joining CEDA she was Principal Economist at the WA Department of Communities (Housing Authority) where she focused on WA economic conditions and housing related research, including running the state government’s Housing Industry Forecasting Group. Cassandra has also held roles as the WA based Economist for the Reserve Bank of Australia, and in Transfer Pricing at EY. Cassandra has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of Western Australia.

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