As Australia’s bushfire season nears and the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements prepares to report, there is a common link between the unprecedented blazes that caused such devastation last summer and our fight against COVID-19.
While firefighters and local authorities have prepared for blazes for years, a horror influenza season three years ago scorched aged care and prompted a national review.
In 2017, more than 1,100 Australians aged over 70 died from the flu.
Of these deaths, many...
CEO, Leading Age Services Australia
As CEO of aged care industry peak body, Leading Age Services Australia, Sean Rooney is a recognised leader in the aged care industry. Sean speaks with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and providers of aged care services across residential care, home care and retirement living.
Sean has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations. He has led membership-based organisations and represented the interests of members on the local, national and international stage. Sean has practical experience at the nexus of the health and aged care sector, having been the CEO at the Australian Medicare Local Alliance.
Sean was the Executive Director of Sustainability & Climate Change in the ACT Government. He has also held executive roles at Sinclair Knight Merz where he managed the sustainability capability and at the CSIRO, where he held a number of roles including Director of Sustainablel Communities Research Program and CSIRO's Australian Government Business Manager.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the ANU, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne University and Post Graduate qualifications in Cross Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University.
Dedication and desperation have defined the role of aged care providers and their devoted workers in doing the best they can to protect and save their residents from coronavirus in Victoria.
Dedication is the bottom line of care, but desperation has too often also been the reality, as COVID-19 infection and quarantine decimated local workforces while in too many cases repeated requests for replacement staff went unmet.
I know of a home that was left with a single Registered...
The most vulnerable older Australians – whether in aged care or living at home - are being put at risk of COVID-19 infection and death by community members ignoring quarantine rules.
Revelations today that more than a quarter (130) of positive cases in Victoria doorknocked by ADF teams in the past 24 hours appeared to be flouting self-isolation rules were alarming.
Reports from Queensland of individuals who travelled from hot spot areas interstate and allegedly did not declare...
Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, says all cash savings from a Commonwealth plan to change home aged care administration must go straight to reducing the nation’s unacceptable home care queue.
Commenting on the release of an Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) report into the proposal, LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the changes could deliver a one-off Government saving of hundreds of millions of dollars.
“The current queue is appalling, with over 112,000 older Australians...