Patrick McClure, photo form Australian Ageing Agenda

IAHSA’s Australian Chapter Member, Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), announced this morning that Mr. Patrick McClurec, a former Franciscan priest and an experienced social justice campaigner, has been selected to serve as the Association’s new CEO.  ACSA represents over 1,100 church and charitable and community based organizations providing accommodation and care services to over 700,000 older people, people with a disability and their carers in Australia.

Following the announcement, Mr McClure told Australian Ageing Agenda that “he was enthusiastic about his new role with ACSA.” He said: “This is an exciting time for the sector which has suffered from being left in the ‘too hard’ basket.”  He went on to say: “The profound issues of where and how we care for our ageing population came into sharp focus for Australians with the release of the 2010 Intergenerational Report. However, the current Productivity Commission inquiry, Caring for Older Australians, coupled with the Federal Government’s commitment to reform the sector, have opened the door to imperative reforms. It’s very important that we have in place good policy and a sustainable aged care system so we can respond to and meet future needs. I am confident that in partnership with the Government, consumers and workers, we can achieve [that] now and well into the future.”

Speaking of Mr. McClure’s selection, ACSA President Klaus Zimmermann said that “One of the things ACSA wanted to do better was national lobbying.”  As a result, “Mr McClure’s distinguished career as an advocate, social justice campaigner and dynamic business leader made him a compelling choice for CEO.”  He adds that “[h]is credentials in the not-for-profit sector are outstanding and will be invaluable as we embark on a new era for aged care following the Productivity Commission inquiry.”

IAHSA congratulates our friends at ACSA on this important decision and looks forward to working with Mr. McClure in the coming years.  Welcome to the IAHSA family!