COTA pays tribute to ‘key inclusive leader’ in aged care reform

Today Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), the peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, announced its CEO Patricia Sparrow will leave the organisation on 10 September 2021 to take up the position of CEO of Vision 2020.

Patricia Sparrow has held numerous roles in aged care over the past two decades, including many years with ACSA, finally as Deputy CEO, before becoming Director, Aged Care Reform at COTA Australia during the exciting period of the ‘Living Longer Living Better’ reforms. Pat then moved on to become Aged Care Advisor to successive Federal Ministers with responsibility for Aged Care, continuing to progress reform, before returning to ACSA as CEO in August 2016.

“Over the past 20 years Pat has been a strong voice and leading thinker in many of the important reforms in aged care,” said Ian Yates, Chief Executive, COTA Australia.

“During the current pandemic she has been a compassionate and sensible voice for protecting residents of nursing homes and was a key partner with COTA and others in developing the really important Visitors Code for Residential Aged Care.

“COTA congratulates Pat Sparrow on her new role and thanks her for a long legacy of improvements in aged care that will improve the lives of older Australians. We hope she maintains some links into the aged care reform process.”

ACSA has also announced that Pat Sparrow will be replaced by Paul Sadler as Interim CEO. Paul is a former Chair of ACSA, CEO of Presbyterian Aged Care, was the Chair of the National Aged Care Alliance’s CHSP Reform Advisory Group, CEO of the former ACSA NSW/ACT organisation and Manager of HACC and Ageing Policy in the NSW Government.

“We look forward to our continued strong working relationship with ACSA under Paul’s leadership. His 30-year history of helping steer the sector as it implements reforms ensures that ACSA and its members are well served at this critical point in time for the sector,” concluded Mr Yates.