LASA introduces innovation managers course

LASA has announced a new age services innovation managers program providing sector-specific training and accreditation.

Leading Age Services Australia has announced a new age services innovation managers program providing sector-specific training and accreditation.

Sean Rooney

In what’s considered the first of its kind in Australia, the program was designed in conjunction with LASA’s innovAGEING national age services innovation network to deliver content and case studies specifically relevant to the aged care sector.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney says while there’s been a proliferation of innovation programs in recent times, most are external to aged care and focused on innovation through a start-up lens.

“With ongoing sector reforms and pressures we feel that the time is right to deliver practical innovation training for the people who provide aged care services by experts who work within aged care services sector,” he says.

The program will be delivered through five modules covering business model design, empathy and prototype skills, leading innovation, marketing innovation, and a capstone project exploring technologies such as AI, data and natural language.

Participants completing all five modules are formally recognised as an Age Services Innovation Manager by LASA.


Merlin Kong, Interim Director for LASA’s Centre for Workforce Development and Innovation, says the program is hands-on and based on applying ideas and skills to sector challenges and case studies.

“The module workshops will draw heavily on our sector’s innovation experience and we’ll supplement this with broader innovation skills,” he says.

“The age services sector is ready for a formal innovation tool kit and we’re here to provide this.

“Our hope is to skill-up age services organisations to solve the cause of their challenges and not just the symptoms.”

Each module will be held over one-and-half-day workshops with post-workshop coaching sessions allowing for a tailored learning experience.

Module 1 begins on April. More information is available on the ASIM page and LASA’s website.

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