Symondson named as inaugural CEO of aged care peak body

Victorian Healthcare Association CEO Tom Symondson has been appointed the inaugural chief executive of the new Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA).

ACCPA officially launched on July 1, bringing together former peak bodies Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).

Mr Symondson will take over from ACSA CEO Paul Sadler, who acted as the interim CEO while the organisation became established. He will begin in the role in September. Mr Sadler will continue as acting CEO until then.

ACCPA chairman Graeme Blackman said Mr Symondson comes to ACCPA with a track record as a leader and advocate in the public and community health sector in Victoria. He was CEO of VHA for eight years and director of policy and strategy for two years prior to that.

“ACCPA is the result of an historic vote taken earlier this year by members of LASA and ACSA and fulfils a desire by aged care representative organisations across Australia to create a stronger, unified voice with which to represent the sector from home care, community care, residential care to retirement living and seniors housing,” Mr Blackman said in a statement.

“The aged care sector has faced significant challenges with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the pandemic over the past two years which has exposed the sector’s severe staff shortages and the impact of the funding shortfall.”

“Now, more than ever our sector needs strong leadership and a united voice through ACCPA so that we can work with government and industry stakeholders to achieve a sustainable age care sector that improves the wellbeing of older Australians.”

UK-born Mr Symondson moved to Australia in 2011 after a career in local government. He sits on the board of superannuation fund Aware Super and serves on a range of government boards and taskforces including the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee for Mental Health, the Victorian Quality and Safety Council and the Public Sector Residential Aged Care Expert Advisory Group.

He is also chair of the International Federation of Community Health Centres and a director of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

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Tags: Aged & Community Care Providers Association, ACCPA

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