Aged Care Sector Committee appointments

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has appointed three new members to the Aged Care Sector Committee.


Ms Jody Currie has been appointed to the Committee as an ex-officio member, representing the National Advisory Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care.


Ms Currie has expertise on the special needs of senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s aged care system, and is Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane.


Professor John Pollaers OAM has been appointed to the Committee as an ex-officio member as Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.


Professor Pollaers has expertise and outstanding achievements in supporting the aged care workforce sector and broader education, including as Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce (2017-2018.


The Chief Executive Officer of National Seniors Australia Professor John McCallum has been appointed to the Committee, following the retirement of the former CEO of National Seniors Australia, Ms Dagmar Parsons.


Professor McCallum attended Committee meetings throughout 2018 as Interim CEO of National Seniors Australia. He brings extensive experience as a health and ageing researcher and has led more than 20 research reports related to the quality of life for older Australians.


The Aged Care Sector Committee was established in 2014 and works with the Australian Government to develop and implement aged care policy.


The Committee’s membership comprises representatives from peak bodies, for-profit and not-for-profit providers, and consumer and workforce representatives.


More information on the Aged Care Sector Committee is available at the Department of Health's website -


27 March 2019.