Ian Hardy was Chief Executive of Helping Hand Aged Care in South Australia from 1990 to 2019. One of the state’s largest aged care providers, Helping Hand built and piloted the first ‘ageing-in-place’ care facility in Australia and is well known for innovation in rehabilitation, hospital avoidance, mental health and social support services for older people.
He is a former member of the Boards of the Northern Adelaide Medicare Local, the Repatriation General Hospital in Adelaide and the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (Washington DC), and of the South Australian Ministerial Advisory Board on Ageing and the State Disability Advisory Board. He was a member of the Reference Group for the Commonwealth’s Hogan Pricing Review of aged care and of the Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Community Care.
In 2008 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). He undertook a Churchill Fellowship tour to investigate ‘consumer-directed’ aged care in the UK, Europe and Japan in 2008.
Between 2015-2018 he was a member of the Commonwealth’s Technical Advisory Group for the preparation of the new Aged Care Standards.
In 2018 Ian was appointed Chair of the Aged Services Industry Reference Committee.