Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA) announced a formal partnership with the Global Ageing Network at its National Congress held in the southern hemisphere on the Gold Coast from 15-18 October 2017.
“This is a significant partnership that will ensure our Members directly benefit from the shared knowledge, professional development, educational resources and leadership opportunities arising from this important relationship,” LASA CEO Sean Rooney said.
“Our partnership with the Global Ageing Network provides all LASA members with access to the resources, networks and support of the Global Ageing Network. And this is provided to LASA members at no additional cost to their membership.”
The Global Ageing Network, currently Chaired by Australian Marcus Riley, from BallyCara in Brisbane, highlighted the opportunities for LASA members through this new arrangement
“GAN plays a role in an increasing number of countries to foster innovation and support the work of organisations to increase access, quality and choice for their communities,” Mr Riley said.
“A key focus for the Network is– as the name suggests – to connect people and organisations who share aligned values and priorities. This creates excellent opportunities for all types of organisations whether it’s for shared learning and exchange of information, business expansion or partnerships, or simply informal linkages that connect people.”
Mr Rooney said that in an era when the world’s population is collectively ageing, it is vital to embrace the opportunities and learnings that will emerge from beyond the narrow confines of borders and countries.
“We all know the unprecedented demand we are experiencing in Australia with meeting the needs of our rapidly ageing population, forecast to triple in the coming decades,” Mr Rooney said.
“Similarly, by 2050 the world’s ageing population will be larger than the younger population for the first time in history – reaching two billion people over the age of 60.”
Mr Rooney said the Global Ageing Network is an international organisation of service providers, businesses, scholars and others committed to addressing the challenges and opportunities of global ageing.
“This network provides the mechanism for collaboration and partnership for our industry worldwide,” Mr Rooney said.
“Inclusively, we share the common interest to ensure older people all over the world have access to the highest quality of care and services.
“The Global Ageing Network represents the interests of more than 26,000 age services organisations across more than 50 countries, caring and serving millions of people every day.”