I applaud the recent formation of the first peak body for consultants who operate in the age, retirement and disability sectors. The Association of Age Service Professionals is not a regulating body as such but a peak body that encourages members to operate with professionalism, integrity and behave ethically. I am proud to be on the committee of this body that will set benchmark standards to bring the industry to a higher standard of excellence.
With the formation of this Association consumers will be able to easily identify consultants who meet the standards of excellence when they are looking for help with Aged Care. Consumers can be confident of our members’ commitment to the sector/s they operate in and that they actively remain up to date on all changes in the sector. Members of this Association are valued in their own industry as competent professionals who will deliver a quality service to their clients.
Health professionals and providers in the sector can now confidently refer their clients to members of the Association, knowing that they will receive the correct advice. As the industry evolves and reforms continue to be rolled out the Association of Age Service Professionals will grow into a strong body of professionals, supporting each other for the betterment of the industry and advocating for their clients as one voice. This can only lead to improvements in the Aged Care sector and I look forward to a new chapter opening up with the formation of the new Association.