Ian Hardy’s new national role


Helping Hand CEO Ian Hardy has been appointed by the Federal Government as Chair of the newly formed Aged Services Industry Reference Committee (AISC).

Mr Hardy will be supported by Mr Robert Bonner, Director, Operations and Strategy, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation as Deputy Chair.

The announcement was made this week in response to Professor John Pollaers’ aged care workforce report which was handed down in September. The report called for a tripling of the workforce to 1 million by 2050 and contained a number of recommendations to ensure Australia’s future needs were met, including the establishment of an industry reference group to oversee skills, training and qualifications.

AISC Chair, Professor John Pollaers OAM, welcomed Mr Hardy and Mr Bonner to their roles, saying the Aged Services IRC has a broad remit to look at qualifications across all sectors that support aged care consumers.

“While skills underpinning the provision of quality, individualised care is paramount, the aged services sector is much broader. The Aged Services IRC will consider areas as diverse as nutrition, recreation and financial services, ensuring that the workforce is properly equipped and supported, and has access to lifelong learning and meaningful career paths.”

“It is important that this IRC responds to the broader skill sets needed to ensure all industries have the workforce capabilities to support older Australians,” Professor Pollaers said.

The AISC has received unprecedented interest from organisations and individuals wanting to be involved in, and support, the work of the IRC. Ten advisory groups to the IRC, focusing on specific areas, have been confirmed to date: Consumer Needs and Expectations, Residential Care, Home Care and Community Care, Indigenous and Remote Services, Diversity and Inclusion, Dementia, Palliative Care, Mental Health, Nutrition and the Mealtime Experience, and Pathways and Tertiary Education.

Ian recently announced he is retiring as CEO of Helping Hand at the end of this year. It is an exceptional outcome for the sector that his experience and wisdom will be retained through the important work of this group.


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