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Four new members appointed to Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing

24 June 2013

Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance today announced the appointment of four new members to the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing (MACA).

“The service and expertise the MACA provides to me as Minister for Ageing is an invaluable resource,” Mr Constance said.

“With the vacancies now filled, I am looking forward to working with the new members whose wealth of experience and perspective will add even greater depth to the Committee.”

MACA is the official advisory body to the NSW Government on matters of interest to older people.

“Each member has impressive experience which includes working with Aboriginal communities, aged care expertise, as well as extensive knowledge of economic modelling and community development,” said the Chair of MACA, Kathryn Greiner.

The four new members approved for appointment by Cabinet are:

  • Adjunct Professor Michael Fine
  • Mr Craig Layer
  • Professor Deborah Schofield
  • Mr Rod Young

The new members will attend their first MACA meeting on Thursday 27 June 2013 at Parliament House.

For more information on the NSW Ministerial Advisory on Ageing visit:

Biographies of the new members of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committtee on Ageing

Mr Craig Layer

Mr Layer, a descendant of the Wanaruah people of the Hunter Valley Region, has extensive experience working and volunteering for Aboriginal organisations in specialist roles that deal with Aboriginal people and their needs around employment, health, education and economic development.

Craig currently works as an Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer at the Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre. In this role, Craig acts as a facilitator for Aboriginal people wishing to start in business, develops partnerships with Aboriginal community groups and stakeholders, and provides practical assistance to existing Aboriginal businesses and new starters.

Mr Rod Young

Mr Young, based in Wollongong, is the former CEO of Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA) and has extensive experience in policy formulation and delivery across the aged care continuum.

Rod was instrumental in the formation of the Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC).

The Council recently conducted an industry planning day designed to help to drive the deployment and utilisation of assistive technologies, home based monitoring, sensor devices, telehealth and video conferencing uptake.

Rod continues to have an active engagement in the aged care industry, undertaking work for various organisations including Accenture, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Hynes Lawyers and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).

Professor Deborah Schofield

Professor Schofield is Chair of Health Economics at the University of Sydney School of Public Health. Professor Schofield’s work has focused on the interaction of health, workforce participation, Australia’s ageing population, chronic diseases, and health care costs and expenditure. Her career has spanned the Australian Government public service, academia and clinical practice. She is highly respected nationally and internationally for her landmark work in economic modelling that forecasts and explains interrelationships among these factors to inform national decision-making and policies.

Adjunct Professor Michael Fine

Adj Prof Fine, from the Central Coast, has 30 years research and teaching experience in the fields of ageing, care and community development. He is currently the Vice-President of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Old Age of the International Sociological Association. Prior to commencing at Macquarie University, Adj Prof Fine was Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, which was responsible for a number of important research studies in the areas of aged care, disability and social policy.

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