Australia’s first Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner is a former acting head of Northern Territory Health Department.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has named Janet Anderson as the Commissioner. She will start her role as the sector’s regulator next year.
Mr Wyatt said the appointment marked a significant milestone in the journey towards a better, safer aged care system.
“Highly respected and experienced health sector leader Janet Anderson will oversee establishment of the Commission, as it prepares to start intensified compliance monitoring from 1 January 2019,” he said.
“The new Commission will have a budget of almost $300 million over four years, employing dozens of additional senior compliance officers.”
Ms Anderson was First Assistant Secretary, Health Services, in the Commonwealth Department of Health 2012-2015, and Director, Inter-Government and Funding Strategies in the New South Wales Department of Health 2006-2011.
For the past two years, Ms Anderson has held the positions of Deputy Chief Executive and acting Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Department of Health.
In 2009, she was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding work in health policy development and reform.
Ms Anderson was only recently appointed as the new head of ACT Health, but stepped down from the role almost immediately.
She is currently working with the NT Government to implement recommendations from the royal commission into the protection and detention of children in the territory.
Ms Anderson will be assisted by aged care medical expert Associate Professor Michael Murray, who is working as the new interim Chief Clinical Advisor to support key establishment activities.
Associate Professor Murray has a broad range of management, clinical and clinical teaching experience in aged care as the medical director of Continuing Care and head of Geriatric Medicine at Austin Health, Melbourne.
He is also the President of the Board of Directors at the National Ageing Research Institute, Associate Professor at Melbourne University and Adjunct Associate Professor Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care and La Trobe University.
The permanent appointment of a clinical advisor to the Commission will be a matter for the new Commissioner.
The establishment of this agency is in addition to the recently announced royal commission into the aged-care sector.