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Major aged care provider merger announced

Two of Australia’s leading aged care providers – BaptistCare NSW & ACT and Baptistcare WA – are to merge to create one of the largest not-for-profit operators in the country.

In a joint statement announcing the move, Baptistcare WA chief executive officer Amanda Vivian and BaptistCare NSW & ACT CEO Charles Moore said the merger would enable the combined organisations to deliver more sustainable care.

“Aged care is evolving and highly complex,” they said, “and we believe the time is right to merge our organisations.”

Both providers deliver a values-based approach to aged care and, between them, have more than 125 years’ experience in the industry.

“Strategically, this merger allows two like-minded, well-governed organisations to join forces and be stronger as one,” said Ms Vivian and Mr Moore.

Mr Moore will lead the newly merged organisation as its chief executive officer.

Ms Vivian, meanwhile, will be appointed to the new role of executive director Western Australia where she will lead the operations in WA and be part of the executive leadership team of the consolidated organisation.

The transition to one single entity will occur over the next couple of months.

All employees will stay in their roles with no change to the care and services provided in each state.

“It is vital we retain the valuable employees we have in both WA and NSW and the ACT,” said Ms Vivian and Mr Moore. “The sector is desperate for great people to provide care to older Australians, and we are thankful for the incredible teams we have.”

The merged organisation will have a combined revenue of $520 million, a workforce of more than 5,000 people, 750 volunteers, 33 residential aged care facilities, 9,000 home care customers and 25 retirement villages.

Taken from Australian Ageing Agenda Media Release on 14 March 2023.

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