LASA launching NEXT GENeration of aged care leaders

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) is launching the NEXT GEN initiative to attract the best and brightest young leaders and professionals to steer the age services industry into the future.


LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the industry needs young leaders to ensure the growing numbers of older Australians receive the best possible care, support and service.


“The combination of increasing demand for age services, the emerging need for renewal and growth of the current workforce, and the desire for new ideas, technologies and models of care to meet the changing needs of the growing numbers of older Australians, make the NEXT GEN initiative a program of national importance for the age services industry.”


Mr Rooney said there is also a need to improve the perception of aged care as a career option for people under 35 years.


“Next Gen is designed to promote the changing face of aged care and profile the aged care industry as dynamic, innovative and potentially life-changing,” Mr Rooney said.


“As new models of aged care emerge, this requires a broader range of expertise and skills – including experts in data science, artificial intelligence, technology, architecture and design, hospitality, engineering, property development, human resources management – as well as the more traditional professions of legal, clinical and allied health, finance and accounting, board and governance, leadership and executive management.”


Presently there are around 365,000 working the in age services industry. The Productivity Commission estimates that by 2050 the aged care workforce will need to have grown to 1.3 million. An estimated 60 per cent of the existing workforce will reach retirement age over the next 15 years.


Currently many providers of age services around Australia report challenges in attracting and retaining staff to meet current and future demand.


Mr Rooney said the Next Gen Young Leaders forum in Perth on 15 May 2018 is the first event under the NEXT GEN initiative.

NEXT GEN Young Leaders (L-R): Lize Coetzee – Audiogist/Manager Ear Science Institute Australia (Lions Hearing Clinic), Todd Paterson – Architect/Director (KPA Architects); Sam Singh – Lifestyle Manager (Berrington Care); Paul Forrest – Physiotherapist/Manager (Xtra Home Care); Teelia Peploe – Business Operator/Director (St Louis Home care); Laura Sutherland – Recruitment Specialist/Director (3D Recruit); Samantha Bowen – Entrepreneur/Director (Acorn Network); Daniel Lee – Consultant/Advisor (Ansell Strategic); Chloe D’Souza- Solicitor (Jackson MacDonald); Richard Holland – Security Expert (Blueforce); Karlie Ford – Corporate Photographer/Owner (The Scene Team); Kelly Gray – Business Founder/ Author (MyCare MyChoice)

“This program is about attracting and developing the next generation of age services leaders,” Mr Rooney said.


“This will be achieved by engaging and showcasing young leaders in our industry and designing and delivering programs to actively support their professional development and career progression.”


The Forum has been developed, and will be driven and facilitated, by young professionals. It is based on an open conversation between current and emerging leaders.


Mr Rooney said the forum targets all young professionals, current leaders, emerging leaders and Board Directors wanting to make a positive difference in the lives of older Australians.


“They may already be working in the aged care industry or be an ambitious young professional seeking a dynamic new career path,” Mr Rooney said.


The Forum will be launched by the Federal Minister for Aged Care Hon Ken Wyatt MP.


View the Next Gen flyer -


26 April 2018.