Hello, my name is Darren Birbeck, and I am proud to begin in the role of Resthaven CEO from today, Monday 1 June.
It has been a privilege to work with Resthaven in both a board and an executive capacity over the past four years. There is something special about Resthaven. I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful organisation.
The aged care sector has reached a pivotal time in its history, with more people than ever before requiring some level of services and support.
I am encouraged by the discussions and findings of the Royal Commission to date; however significant commitment by the sector and government is required to achieve the level of societal change needed.
The road ahead is a challenging one, but we have the opportunity to implement the positive reforms and innovative models of care and services needed to redefine the future of ageing in this country.
Resthaven is well placed to take advantage of these opportunities due to its strong financial position and commitment to providing quality care and support for older people and their carers.
With a proud history spanning 85 years, it is important that we honour this legacy while adapting and evolving to ensure that we are in the best position to meet future challenges.
I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of Richard Hearn, who has provided inspired leadership over the course of his outstanding career. He is a man that I respect and admire. Congratulations Richard on your retirement.
In these extraordinary times I would like to acknowledge Resthaven’s dedicated and hardworking staff and volunteers, who make such a valued contribution to people’s lives every day. I also feel extremely fortunate to work with a talented and passionate executive and leadership team.
I look forward to working with the Board to ensure that Resthaven continues to have such a positive influence on the lives of the people we serve.
Resthaven Chief Executive Officer
1 June 2020