Ian Hardy has been Chief Executive of Helping Hand Aged Care in South Australia since 1990. 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.
Ian has spoken at health and ageing conferences throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Singapore and Spain, and lectured at universities in Ravensburg, Vienna and Berlin.
In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal and in 2004 was the recipient of an “Individual Award for Excellence” given by Aged and Community Services Australia. In 2005 Ian was awarded the honorary title of University Fellow by the University of South Australia, and in 2007 a Federal Minister’s Award for Excellence in Leadership and Management in Aged Care.
In 2008 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to the community, particularly in the area of aged care as a leading contributor to the development of better services, and for support for opera” – the latter reflecting his 12-year chairmanship of the SA-based touring opera company “Co-Opera”. He has recently returned from a Churchill Fellowship tour to investigate “consumer-directed” aged care in the UK, Europe and Japan.