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LASA appoints new policy and advocacy manager

LASA has appointed a new head of policy and advocacy as it continues to rebuild following the merger of its state offices last July. Dr Brent Davis brings to the organisation strong experience in public policy and accomodation having spent five years as the National Director of Industry Policy at Master Builders Australia. Prior to this he was the research manager of Modelling and Forecasting at the Australian Institute of Criminology. While LASA has declined to comment further on his appointment or other internal staffing movements, it is understood the association is seeking to ramp up its research capabilities, making Dr Davis’s appointment an important step in its new strategic...

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Wyatt urges indigenous people to consider careers in aged care

Minister Ken Wyatt is encouraging indigenous people to consider a career in aged care, not only for the opportunities it presents but to help change the way in which society regards elderly citizens. “I hope to leave a legacy where Australians look at their ageing mothers and fathers, their grandmothers and grandfathers and great uncles and aunties as still being a source of value for guidance, for wisdom and for support,” he said in an interview with the National Indigenous Times. “We come from a cultural background where we respect our elders and we listen to our elders and we acknowledge them because they are the ones who open doors; they have given us their advice and it has helped shape and maintain our communities for more than 40,000 years, in some places 60,000 years.” “I want to see what I see in other countries. When I go to South East Asia, I don’t see old people in retirement villages – I see them active. I still see families surrounding them. And I still see the contribution they make to their community and to the economy of their country.” “If my mum and dad were alive, I would have made sure (that) between my brothers and sisters we kept them active, kept them alive and kept them telling us the stories they would share with us, telling us about what happened when they were younger.” The Minister...

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Development of the Year awards finalists named

The Property Council has unveiled its State Development of the Year finalists as part of its national Innovation and Excellence Awards program. Retirement living was one of nine categories for which developments could be nominated and though just four retirement villages have been named amongst the 141 finalists. The number of finalists in the residential developments and master planned communities that market themselves strongly to retirees highlights the shift away from retirement village accomodation and increased focused on integrating retirees and older Australians into the general community. The finalists in the Retirement Village category are: Life Style Manor by Independent and Assisted Living (NSW) Wivenhoe Village by Wivenhoe Partnership / Mbark / Sisters of Good Samaritan (NSW) Mernda Retirement Living Development Village by Stockland (VIC) The Village Coorparoo by The Village at Coorparoo (QLD) The full list of finalists can be viewed here. A winner will be announced for each state at the respective awards evenings over the coming months and all finalists will go on to the national awards, taking place in Sydney on 5 May....

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