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Meeting of minds: ACSA, Presbyterian Care Australia announce membership agreement

Two advocates for not-for-profit aged care providers have announced a group membership agreement.

The agreement between Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) – the peak body for the nation’s not-for-profit, church, charitable and community-based aged care providers – and Presbyterian Care Australia commenced on 1 July.

Spokesperson for Presbyterian Care Australia Paul Sadler said it enables the groups to combine their influence and expertise to bring information about changes to the sector to public attention.

“Combining our advocacy efforts with ACSA as the peak body will strengthen our voice on those issues changing the face of aged care in Australia and how we ensure our members and providers can thrive in our fast-changing sector,” said Sadler, who is also chief executive of one of the six providers that make up his advocacy group, Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT.

They join Baptist Care Australia, who also commenced as a group member of ACSA as of July 1.

ACSA chief executive Pat Sparrow said the groups’ advocacy efforts are stronger together.

Sparrow said: “We have a huge amount to accomplish together as we strengthen our national voice on those issues so important to members: the sustainable funding of the sector, making the provision of residential and home care sustainable and effective in supporting the ageing population into the future, and ensuring that older Australians continue to have choice and control over their own services.”

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