Sadler joins Meals on Wheels

Former aged care provider and peak chief Paul Sadler has been appointed chair of the board of meal delivery service Meals on Wheels Australia.

Former aged care provider and peak chief Paul Sadler has been appointed chair of the board of meal delivery service Meals on Wheels Australia.

Mr Sadler’s previous roles include chief executive officer of aged care provider peak body Aged & Community Services Australia – and interim CEO of the entity that replaced it the Aged Care & Community Providers Association – and CEO of aged care provider Presbyterian Aged Care.

He moved into consulting upon leaving PAC a little over two years ago after 14 years in the role. Other roles over 35 years in the aged care sector include national chairperson of ACSA and several seats on industry and university boards, and advisory bodies for the federal government.

Mr Sadler said he was excited to be starting with the iconic organisation, which has been supporting older Australians with delicious and nutritious meals for 70 years.

As shown in the organisation’s 2022 social impact report “Meals on Wheels and its team of volunteers are also critical in supporting social connection and improving wellbeing,” he said in a statement.

Mr Sadler, who has been involved in meal deliveries in the past, said he was looking forward to continuing to support and improve the home aged care sector in his new role.

“Meals on Wheels services are the backbone of Australia’s home care system. I’m a strong advocate for the quality nutrition and social connection that Meals on Wheels provides.”

However, the value that volunteering with Meals on Wheels brings to society is often overlooked, including by the government’s Draft National Strategy for the Care and Support Economy that made no mention of the volunteer effort, he said.

“I am truly looking forward to the coming months and years working with Meals on Wheels stakeholders, customers, volunteers and communities alike, to further extend the incredible work – and reach – of Meals on Wheels.”

Main image: Paul Sadler

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