The concept of the Aged Care IT Vendors Association (ACIVA) was born out of a belief that businesses that provide technological solutions to the Aged Care Industry of Australia needed a voice, separate from other health and IT organisations. Previously this voice had been provided by such organisations as Aged Care Association Australia and Aged & Community Services Australia. A slow realisation occurred that these organisations had views that were sometimes divergent to or conflicting with the views of businesses providing technological solutions to the Aged Care Industry of Australia.
It was also realised that the clients of businesses providing technological solutions to the Aged Care sector of Australia had a number of regulatory and/or government bodies that they needed to report to. This reporting, and changes to this reporting, often has a significant impact on the businesses providing technological solutions to the Aged Care Industry of Australia and their clients. It was realised that while some organisations were communicating with the regulatory and/or government bodies about this impact, a single solid voice regarding the business impact may have far greater effect.
The Aged Care IT Vendors Association (ACIVA) was formed in 2009 and incorporated early 2010, a not-for-profit organisation, incorporated in NSW. The association represents the aged and community care sectors and vendors at various national forums regarding strategic developments and e-health. ACIVA members are aged and community care software vendors, industry benchmarking software, financial software, call-bell, hardware, networking, infrastructure and industry partners. Members are committed to furthering the interests of aged and community care in national forums to ensure e-health and access to the personally controlled health record (PCEHR) becomes a reality for the aged care industry in the very near future.
ACIVA has formal professional association with the following organisations:
• Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA)
• Aged Care Services Association (ACSA)
• Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council (ACIIT)
• Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA)