Silverchain Foundation launched to improve health care access and equity

(l-r) University Club of Western Australia Chair Peter Toll, Silverchain Foundation inaugural Chair and host of event Heather Zampatti, WA Health Minister and panellist Amber-Jade Sanderson, Chair of HBF and CEDA and panellist Diane Smith-Gander AO Silverchain Group Chief Executive and panellist Dale Fisher AM, Silverchain Group Board Chair Anne Skipper, Silverchain Foundation Executive Director Bronwyn Perry.

This week marked the official launch of the Silverchain Foundation, an initiative aimed at revolutionising health care access and equity in Australia. The launch event, held in Perth, brought together health and business leaders to discuss the future of care in the country.

Heather Zampatti has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Silverchain Foundation.

The event, part of the University Club of Western Australia’s Breakfast by the Bay series, featured an expert panel that included WA Health Minister the Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson, Silverchain Group Chief Executive Dale Fisher AM, and Chair of HBF Ltd and CEDA Diane Smith-Gander AO. The panel highlighted the urgent need for innovative care models amidst increasing pressures on the healthcare system.

“With an ageing population and ever-increasing demands on the Federal Budget, Australia is on the cusp of a care revolution, led by local innovation and new models of care. The care system is under significant pressure and there is an urgent need for change.”

Heather Zampatti, Chair of the Silverchain Foundation.

Ms Zampatti highlights the importance of the latest Intergenerational Report, which points to the ageing population, digital transformation, and rising demand for care services as critical forces shaping society’s future. She emphasised that the diverse expertise of Silverchain Foundation’s new Board reflects a collective commitment to rethinking health and aged care delivery.

“We know there is a substantial and growing need to deliver health care and aged care differently, and Silverchain has been working on real solutions for many years,” Ms Zampatti added. “These investments across research, innovation, scholarships, and client support are long-standing and are part of Silverchain’s 130-year legacy,” Ms Zampatti added.

Adjunct Professor Dale Fisher AM, Silverchain’s Chief Executive, stressed the necessity of partnerships between government and non-government organizations to alleviate pressure on tertiary hospitals and enhance in-home care.

“With the expertise that we have in Australia, it makes sense for businesses and governments to form stronger alliances in order to create a strong culture of innovation, focused on smart home care.”

“Australians are rethinking health and aged care. The rapid changes in demand, technology, consumer choice, and policy have disrupted the dominant bricks-and-mortar approach. Attention is turning to the possibilities of in-home and digitally enabled care where people have greater choice,” Adj Prof Fisher added.

She highlighted the role of generous donors in enabling Silverchain to invest in the future of home care through partnerships with universities and care innovators globally.

Joining Ms Zampatti on the Silverchain Foundation board are Russell Lester, Tim Larkin, Anne Skipper AM, and Brent Cubis, bringing together a wealth of experience from various sectors to drive the Foundation’s mission forward.

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