Melbourne’s Jewish Care CEO Joins Aged Care Industry Board in Call for Change

November 24, 2010 by Ayal Tusia
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In a move which further cements Jewish Care as an industry leader advocating positive change in the aged care industry, Jewish Care’s CEO Bill Appleby has been appointed to the Board of Aged & Community Care Victoria (ACCV).

Bill Appleby

Mr Appleby said his election to the ACCV Board was extremely pleasing.  He said he looked forward to working with the Board and applying his industry experience gained over the last 24 years working in both for profit and not for profit sectors in health, community and residential services. Appleby said his role would also raise Jewish Care’s leadership position within the aged care sector and he looked forward to applying his skills on the ACCV Board to lobby for change and further an aged care industry based on principles of choice, accessibility, flexibility, quality and sustainability.

“Aged Care is a highly legislated industry, operating in an extremely emotive arena, hampered by short term politics and policies that do not provide for long term sustainability,” said Mr Appleby.

“For us to position ourselves as a vibrant and viable industry, we need to think outside the square. Change can be difficult, but is necessary for progress, and it requires the commitment of the Australian community as a whole.”

Mr Appleby said despite these challenges, there was enormous hope to build on work already undertaken through the National Health Reforms.

“I welcome the opportunity to lobby towards bipartisan support in government for the necessary reforms that will secure a strong and healthy sector, and work with the new Minister, the Hon. Mark Butler MP, through ACCV, to make meaningful inroads based on recommendations by the Productivity Commission now due to be released in draft form early in 2011” he said.

Aged & Community Care Victoria (ACCV) is the peak body in Victoria, acting as the united voice for providers and other organisations associated with aged and community care. ACCV exists to promote, encourage and assist the health and care needs of aged and community care clients by providing members with accurate and relevant information, services, advice and leadership.

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