By Nick Guggisberg
Participants in the Leadership Illawarra Program visited IRT to learn about the range of services it provides, and the features of their Ross St residential aged care and independent living facilities. In addition, IRT provided the participants with an overview of their strategic planning and business management processes.
The visit started with a tour of the facilities followed by the presentations. During the visit we learnt about some of the challenges in the Aged Care Sector. The sector is currently undergoing significant change with changes to the way services are funded and how people access aged care services. The key features of these changes are that:
Following the site tour, senior management gave a comprehensive presentation on how the organisation operates, future challenges and key strategic goals. These are summarised below.
National Sales Manager – Greg Fisher explained the IRT growth strategy aimed at meeting future and changing needs within the aged care sector.
National HR Manager - Richard Walsh discussed the importance of Towards 2020 Strategic Goals – Our People to meet the changing requirements of the aged care sector.
Head Stakeholder Engagement - Alison Errey discussed the IRT Groups Four pillars of strategic engagement:
We were interested to hear that business has doubled in last 6-7 years, and is predicted to double again in same time period going forward. Alison also talked about the work being achieved by the IRT Foundation in supporting community research projects that improve older people’s lives.
General Manager – Craig Smith provided an overview of the history of the IRT Group and answered questions from the group.
The visit ended with a networking session with the senior staff. The cohort was extremely grateful for the comprehensive information provided during the visit and as a result now have a much better understanding of the challenges facing the aged care sector in the coming years.
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