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Industry experts discuss the governance challenges ahead following the release of the Royal Commission’s final report

ACSA has partnered with The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to present this hybrid event on aged care governance.

Join Mike Baird, CEO of HammondCare, Patricia Sparrow, CEO of ACSA and Liesel Wett, CEO of Australian Pathology & Chair of Goodwin Aged Care Services for a Directors’ Lunch at ZINC at Federation Square in Melbourne. The event will also be live-streamed nationally for those unable to attend the lunch in person.

The interim report of the Royal Commission into Quality and Safety in Aged Care highlighted the need for significantly improved governance in the aged care sector. Culture, stewardship, funding models and service delivery all came under the spotlight.

Following the release of the commission’s Final Report on 26 February 2021, we are bringing together a panel of industry experts to discuss the governance challenges ahead.

The speakers will explore:

  • The recommendations of the Final Report and implications for boards and directors
  • What the report means for the future of the aged care sector
  • Implications for funding models in both the for-profit and not-for-profit space
  • How providers and their governing bodies are responding
  • Ongoing governance lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic


Mike Baird, CEO, HammondCare

Mike Baird was appointed CEO, HammondCare, September 2020.

Prior to commencing at HammondCare, Mike was a member of the National Australia Bank executive leadership team from 2017 to 2020 as Chief Customer Officer – Corporate and Institutional Banking (2017-2018) and Chief Customer Officer – Consumer Banking (2018 – 2020). In these roles, Mike led NAB’s global institutional business, the retail banking business, including more than 700 branches, 7000 bankers, broker partnerships, direct banking, and the digital bank, UBank.

Prior to this, Mike was the 44th Premier of New South Wales, representing the electoral district of Manly in the NSW Legislative Assembly. Mike entered NSW state politics in 2007. He held several shadow ministries before serving as Treasurer from 2011 to 2014, and then as Premier from 2014 to January 2017, when he retired from politics.

During his time as both NSW Premier and Treasurer, the State recorded the fastest economic growth rate in the country, the lowest jobless rate, undertook the largest infrastructure program in the State’s history, delivered record level building approvals, and the budget went into surplus whilst retaining its AAA credit rating.

Patricia Sparrow, CEO, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA)

Pat Sparrow is a social policy leader and innovator with expertise in stakeholder engagement and management. She has specific and detailed expertise in ageing policy and aged care, having worked as, and with, a diverse range of stakeholders including consumers, service providers, workforce, health professionals, corporate organisations and Government. This unique ‘360 degree’ perspective ensures that Pat’s leadership approach is strategic and nuanced, inclusive and collaborative. No one is better placed to represent ACSA and its members as once-in-a-generation reforms of aged care take place.

Liesel Wett, CEO, Australian Pathology & Chair, Goodwin Aged Care Services

Liesel Wett

Liesel is Chair of Goodwin Aged Care Services in the ACT, the leading aged care provider and largest not-forprofit employer in Canberra.

Liesel also holds non-executive directorships with Doctors’ Health Services Pty Ltd and Pathology Awareness Australia.

As an experienced CEO and health strategist, Liesel is the CEO of Australian Pathology, the peak body for private pathology practices in Australia. Previously, Liesel held the position of CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the professional membership organisation for 18,000 pharmacists in Australia.

Who should attend?

The event is suitable for CEOs, Chairs and Directors of not-for-profit organisations in the aged care, disability and health sectors and other organisations responsible for the care of vulnerable people.

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Melbourne Lunch Venue:
ZINC at Federation Square, Cnr Flinders St & Swanston St


Directors’ Lunch in Melbourne
12.30pm to 2.45pm
(Doors open from 12.00pm)

National Online Streaming
1.00pm to 2.45pm NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, TAS
12:30pm – 2:15pm SA/NT
11:00am – 12:45pm WA

Registration is essential as places are limited:

Directors’ Lunch in Melbourne (includes full sit-down lunch and live panel)* 
ACSA Members: $135.00 incl GST
Non-members: $155.00 incl GST

Note: In compliance with venue COVID-19 protocols tables will will be set with 6 seats only. 


Online livestream only
ACSA Members: $50.00 incl GST
Non-members: $69.00 incl GST


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ZINC at Federation Square Cnr Flinders & Swanston St Melbourne VIC .
Swanston St &Flinders Street,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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