Ian Yates AM, D Univ Flin

Ian Yates AM, D Univ Flin
  • Chief Executive
    COTA Australia


Ian Yates is Chief Executive of COTA Australia, the national peak body for older Australians. Ian has played national leadership roles in COTA since 2002 after being Chief Executive of COTA SA since 1989. He serves on a wide variety of federal government and aged care sector national bodies including the Aged Care Financing Authority, the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council, the Aged Care Sector Committee and the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce. Ian is a Sponsor Member of the National Aged Care Alliance, chairs the Alliance’s Aged Care Gateway Advisory Committee and Co-Chairs its Aged Care Roadmap and NACA Blueprint Implementation Group.
Ian is also a member of the ASIC Consumer Advisory Panel and of the Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). Other roles include Chair of the Management Committee of the Australasian Journal on Ageing; a Director of COTA’s membership services company and the Aged Rights Advocacy Service. He has held senior positions in public health governance in South Australia, and on the Flinders University Council for 20 years including seven years as Deputy Chancellor and Chair of both its Audit and Resources Committees and Alumni. Ian is Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. He was awarded Membership in the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2005.

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Current and future aged care reform—Core business for health or peripheral?


Saturday & Sunday 1–2 September  |  View program for more details


The current aged care reform process started in 2012 with the Living Longer Living Better package. Reform has continued, with Home Care Packages escalating in number and funds being put in the hands of consumers. In the 2018 Budget there’s a raft of 23 aged care reforms within the much broader “More Choices for a Longer Life” Package across government. Where are we headed and when will we get there? 1.3 million people receive aged care but what is “aged care”? and why does it exist separate from health care? Is it time for a fundamental rethink?

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