David Robinson laments that it has taken the Aged Care Royal Commission and COVID-19 to put aged care under the national spotlight, but says the advocacy being done by CHA is second to none.
He is stepping down from the CHA board after serving for four years and says he is proud of CHA’s initiative in running the Fight for Better Aged Care campaign in the recent Eden-Monaro by-election.
“Aged care has been ignored for too long by the government and has been poorly treated and funded. Our campaign in Eden-Monaro showed that there is strong support in the community for better aged care for senior Australians.”
David is also chair of Catholic Healthcare and says the work being done by CHA’s aged care policy team is also instrumental to securing a better future for aged care. “We are providing expert advice not only to the Royal Commission but to key government ministers. CHA is incredibly effective at lobbying at the highest level.”
CHA’s Mission Leadership Program is another area he says has proved successful since its inception in 2017, so successful in fact it’s now being expanded to other faith-based organisations.
“By undertaking this program, Catholic health and aged care leaders and executives become better formed in the spirituality of Catholic identity. They are able to engage in discussions offsite and listen to leaders and mentors over a two year period. This course provides them with the knowledge and foresight that they can then pass onto others throughout their respective organisations. It is really pleasing that this program can now move outside of health and aged care.”
David will continue in his role at Catholic Healthcare until he retires in 2021.