Tuesday 04 September 2012, 10:16 am
In a very exciting announcement, LASA is pleased to advise the creation of two new management positions to be based in the Canberra national office. They are:
> Kay Richards as the National Policy Manager, and
> Justine Caines (OAM) as the National Government Relations & Communications Manager
In announcing these two key new management positions, Gerard Mansour, national LASA CEO said:
“There has never been a more important time for our aged and community care industry. It is extremely pleasing to be able to strengthen the LASA national office with the appointment of two highly skilled, passionate and dedicated professionals.
â€śThese two new positions will contribute most significantly to the continuing growth of Leading Age Services Australia – All age services, speaking as one. The new roles, filled by highly competent professionals in Kay and Justine, will enable LASA to continue to grow as the national peak body for all providers of care, services and accommodation for older Australians.”
Kay Richards, National Policy Manager
RN, CIC, Cert IV Workplace Training, BHSc (Nursing), Grad Dip HSM, MHSM, FACN, AFACHSM, MAICD
Kay has a diverse and lengthy experience in the health and aged care industry in a variety of roles from clinician to senior manager, educator,
advisor and policy consultant.
Kayâ€™s experience in the aged care sector includes positions with RSL LifeCare as General Manager and prior to that with ACAA-NSW as Manager Member Services. This role provided the opportunity to represent the aged care industry in a number of State and Federal forums.
As a Board Director for the Australian College of Nursing, Kay is able to remain in touch with her nursing roots and is an Accreditation Assessor with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
Kay has a very broad understanding of key national policy issues related to aged and community care as well as passion for the aged care industry.
Kay has presented at national and international conferences and consulted both in Australia and internationally on performance and quality improvement and will commence her new role on September 24th.
Justine Caines OAM, National Government Relations & Communications Manager
Justine has played a leading role in providing frontline advocacy for national organisations in the federal arena for over a decade. In this time she provided ‘big picture’ vision for major campaigns whilst executing targeted government relations and participating in legislative reform, often in highly charged environments.
Justine has 18 yearsâ€™ experience working in and around politics which includes as an adviser to MPs. Her dedicated advocacy was acknowledged in January 2011 when Justine was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, received for service to the community in womenâ€™s health, maternity care and education. Respected for her strategic focus and pragmatic approach, Justine communicates clearly and effectively.
Her broad policy background and experience will allow Justine to move into this key national role within the aged and community care industry. She has already worked across a wide range of areas, including consumer healthcare and education to consumer credit and renewable energy. Justine has also created and delivered grass roots communications campaigns of national significance. Justine will commence on September 5th.