Director Policy and Systemic Advocacy, OPAN
Samantha Edmonds commenced as the Manager Policy and Systemic Advocacy in March 2020, following some consultancy work for the Older Persons Advocacy Network. She has extensive knowledge and experience in policy, advocacy, human rights, and a strong commitment to inclusive aged care. She holds a Masters Degree in Politics and International Relations and is on the Board of the International Federation of Ageing. Previously she chaired the Aged Care Diversity Sub Group. Her background is in health policy and social justice. She is passionate about ensuring the voices of older people are heard and making diversity core business in aged care.
Tackling Worker Racial Discrimination
Racism against workers in aged care is a deeply concerning issue that not only harms the dedicated individuals providing crucial care to our elderly population but also compromises the quality of care received by vulnerable seniors. This not only undermines the morale and wellbeing of the diverse aged care workforce but may also hinder worker attraction and retention and the development of a truly inclusive and compassionate caregiving environment.