Catholic Health Australia has announced the appointment of Jason Kara as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr Kara, previously the Director of Aged Care at the organisation, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this pivotal role within Australia’s care sector.
He takes over from Pat Garcia who left the organisation in July 2023.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is a significant player in the healthcare space, representing around 10% of hospital-based healthcare, 25% of private hospital care, 5% of public hospital care, 12% of aged care facilities, and 20% of home care and support for the elderly in the country.
Jason Kara’s appointment is seen as a boon for CHA, given his track record as an advocate for Catholic aged care and the most vulnerable in society. He has also contributed significantly to the public and not-for-profit sectors, with roles in the public service, volunteering in the disability sector in Vanuatu, and serving as a senior advisor in the Office of the NSW Premier.
In a statement, Catholic Health Australia Board Director, the Hon. John Watkins AM, said Jason’s advocacy, policy and energy are an asset for the organisation.
“Jason has fulfilled his current role with creativity and intelligence at a time of great change in the sector. He has built strong relationships across the CHA membership while advocating for a quality and sustainable aged care system,” Mr Watkins said.
Mr Kara started in the new role today.