Symondson named first CEO of cutting-edge aged care body

Written by Kate McDonald on .

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

The ACCPA was officially launched on July 1, bringing together former leading agencies Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).

Mr. Symondson will succeed CASA CEO Paul Sadler, who served as interim CEO during the organization’s inception. He will take office in September. Mr. Sadler will continue as interim CEO until then.

ACCPA President Graeme Blackman said Mr Symondson comes to ACCPA with experience 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.

“ACCPA is the result of a historic vote taken earlier this year by members of LASA and ACSA and responds to the desire of representative aged care organizations across Australia to create a stronger, unified voice for representing the sector from home care, community care, residential care to retirement homes and senior housing,” Mr. Blackman said in a statement.

“The aged care sector has faced significant challenges with the Royal Commission on the Quality and Safety of Elderly Care and the pandemic over the past two years which has exposed the severe staff shortages in the sector and the impact of lack of funding.”

“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 sector sustainable aged care that improves the well-being of older Australians.”

Born in the UK, Mr Symondson moved to Australia in 2011 after a career in local government. He sits on the board of the Aware Super Superannuation Fund and sits on various government councils and task forces 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 President of the International Federation of Community Health Centers and a Trustee of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

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Tags: Association of Elderly and Community Care Providers, ACCPA

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