Statement from Chair of the Board of Directors:

Resignation of CEO Patricia Sparrow and the appointment of
interim CEO Paul Sadler

Release date: 12 Aug 2021

Aged and Community Services Australia’s (ACSA) Board of Directors has thanked its outgoing CEO Patricia Sparrow for five years of dedicated service, her extraordinary commitment to its members and the older people they serve.

Ms Sparrow has resigned and will depart ACSA on 10 September 2021 to take up a new position as the CEO of Vision 2020.

Mr Paul Sadler, former President of ACSA and CEO of Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT has been appointed interim CEO.

Quotes attributable to Chair of the Board Ms Sara Blunt:

“Patricia successfully led ACSA through important structural changes, but more importantly she played a pivotal role in leading Australia’s not-for-profit aged care providers through the most challenging and turbulent time for our sector in history.

“Patricia’s knowledge, hard work and leadership have left us stronger than ever before, despite the tremendous difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic, the intensity of the Royal Commission and the big structural and regulatory changes that have come as a result.

“Amongst Patricia’s most important achievements are her powerful advocacy through the Royal Commission and pandemic, bringing together a complex federated body of representatives while maintaining national unity, several specific regulatory and public health reforms, and perhaps most significantly and her leadership role in achieving significant reforms including an unprecedented increase in government funding.

“While we are sad to see Patricia go, the Board have been aware of her intentions to move on at the appropriate time following the conclusion of the Royal Commission for some time. We appreciate her commitment to a smooth transition and know that this is the right time for all involved.

“We are very pleased to announce Mr Paul Sadler as interim CEO. Paul comes to ACSA having been a President of ACSA, led the previous NSW representative body and as the highly experienced CEO of Presbyterian Aged Care NSW/ACT from 2007 - 2021.

“Paul is one of the nation’s most experienced leaders in aged care. His experience and knowledge in leading ACSA is critical as we continue to work through structural reforms and navigate the pandemic.

“Paul and Patricia will work closely over the coming weeks to ensure we continue to go from strength to strength after her departure.”

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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