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Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) appoints a new CEO

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Media Release

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


National President, Rob Hankins today announced the appointment of Adjunct Professor John Kelly AM to the role of Chief Executive Officer of ACSA.

“Following a national search for a CEO, the Board and I are delighted to announce that Adjunct Professor John Kelly AM, currently Director and Chairman of UnitingCare Ageing (NSW.ACT), has been appointed the new CEO of ACSA and will take up the role in April,” Mr Hankins said.

Mr Hankins said Professor Kelly is an outstanding choice to become ACSA’s CEO. His strong leadership skills, extensive clinical, management and consulting background in the health & aged care sectors, governance experience at a national level, advocacy and stakeholder representation in national professional associations, faith based and secular not for profit entities as well as for profit community & aged care service providers, makes this an exceptional appointment at a vital time for the aged care sector.

“Professor Kelly is a dynamic person to lead Australia’s peak body of over 1100 faith based, charitable and community-based providers”, Mr Hankins said.

Professor Kelly has had continuous experience as a Director of not-for-profit, remunerated health and aged care related Boards as well as Government Boards and Statutory Committees, since 1994. He also operates the law program in the Masters of Health Administration at the University of Technology, Sydney, manages a specialist boutique national health and aged care legal and consulting practice, has been a partner in national law firms specialising in the health and aged care sector, was the recipient of the University of Technology, Sydney’s prestigious 2010 Alumni Award for Excellence and in 2009 was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2010 Professor Kelly held the position of Commonwealth Aged Care Commissioner, appointed by the Federal Government.

“It’s a significant time for the sector and the community as the Government prepares to formally respond to the Productivity Commission’s Report on ‘Caring for Older Australians’ and the discussions surrounding the establishment of the Australian Charities & Not for Profits Commission”, Professor Kelly said.

“I look forward to advocating on behalf of ACSA’s membership in these critical discussions”, Kelly said.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rob Hankins, National President, 0414 442 678