Catholic Health Australia has appointed Jason Kara as its new chief executive officer to steer the peak advocacy body at a “critical time for the care sector”.
Mr Kara, who was Catholic Health Australia’s director of aged care, commenced as CEO this week.
Catholic Health Australia board director John Watkins said Mr Kara’s advocacy, policy and energy are an asset for the organisation.
“I am delighted to welcome Jason Kara as the new CEO of Catholic Health Australia,” Mr Watkins said.
“Jason has been an outstanding advocate for Catholic aged care and the most vulnerable in society. He will bring his experience and compassionate advocacy to the broader health, aged and community care sectors.”
Mr Kara is a highly experienced policy professional who has taken on significant roles in in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
He has worked as a senior executive in the public service focusing on housing and homelessness outcomes; has volunteered as an advisor building capacity in the disability sector in Vanuatu; and has served as a senior advisor in the Office of the NSW Premier.
He has also served as a board director for the Community Restorative Centre, a not-for-profit organisation tackling recidivism.
“Jason has fulfilled his current role with creativity and intelligence at a time of great change in the sector. He has built strong relationships across the CHA membership while advocating for a quality and sustainable aged care system,” Mr Watkins said.
“The board is pleased to appoint Jason to the role of CEO at a critical time for the care sector in Australia. He will continue to support our members to make a real difference to the lives of all in the community, but especially the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalised.”