• Employee Stories

    Lesley Reflects on 45 years of service

    Resthaven Malvern Housekeeping Services Assistant, Lesley Wimbles, this year celebrates an amazing 45 years of service with Resthaven – however, she only ever meant to be in the role for six weeks! Lesley is pictured above in 2017, receiving her 40 year award from former Resthaven CEO, Richard Hearn. She will be presented with her … Continued

    Kezia gains aged care experience

    UniSA Occupational Therapy student, Kezia Norton, is thoroughly enjoying working in the role of Resthaven Craigmore Lifestyle Coordinator whilst she takes a year-long break from her studies. The six month contract position, covering a period of maternity leave, was the perfect opportunity for Kezia to gain aged care experience during her study break. Kezia explains, … Continued

    Amanda finds dream job at Resthaven

    Amanda Pritchard has spent the last four years working her way up the ranks at Resthaven Marion, having recently accepted her dream position as Clinical Nurse on site. With a bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing from Flinders University, Amanda came to Resthaven with the goal to progress her career. ‘I started out filling shifts in … Continued

    Leadership opportunities at Resthaven

    This International Women’s Day, we look to one of Resthaven’s female leaders, paving the way for other young women to progress their careers. Belinda Willshire recently took over the role of Manager Residential Services at Resthaven Leabrook, however, she is not new to the Resthaven family. ‘I worked as Care Coordinator at Resthaven Murray Bridge, … Continued

    Julie celebrates 30 years with Resthaven

    In January, Resthaven Westbourne Park Lifestyle Assistant, Julie Venables, reached her 30-year milestone with Resthaven. Having started in 1992 as a kitchen hand, Julie would never have guessed that she would still be enjoying what she does 30 years later. ‘I started looking for employment when my two children went off to school – I … Continued

    Nursing student thankful to have found Resthaven

    Having commenced her career as a Personal Care Assistant at Resthaven Leabrook in 2009, Bindia Arora has progressed from a university student, to a nearly fully qualified professional in the industry. Studying a Bachelor of Nursing on a part-time basis, Bindia came across Resthaven after expressing interest in the aged care industry. ‘I began doing … Continued

    Home Support Worker’s television debut

    Resthaven Northern Community Services Home Support Worker, Michelle O’Dea, uses her love of people to care for older people in their homes, and this year, she made her television debut! Michelle features in Resthaven’s new television commercial and print media. The campaign, ‘Welcome Care’, is a notion Michelle is all too familiar with through her … Continued

    A rising star employee at Resthaven Craigmore

    Having started her role as an Enrolled Nurse with Resthaven more than six months ago, Eloise Head has proven herself to be a rising star at Resthaven Craigmore, inspiring others along the way. Sylvia Powell, Executive Manager People and Culture, took notice of Eloise, explaining ‘Eloise is motivated, positive and collaborative. She will always chip … Continued

    Resthaven thrives in career progression

    Since beginning her career with Resthaven four and a half years ago, Sarah Porker has felt supported and encouraged to grow within the organisation, recently being appointed to the position of Continence Nurse Advisor. ‘I started with Resthaven Northern Community Services as a Registered Nurse Coordinator, working with Home Care Package clients in wound care … Continued

    Home Support work brings Michael ‘out of his shell’

    Working as an aged care Home Support Worker has brought Michael Waller ‘out of his shell’ – and it’s all thanks to a regional traineeship through Resthaven and Career Partners Plus. The Skilling South Australia project is an initiative of the South Australian Government. Michael says, ‘Before I worked in aged care, I just had … Continued

    From Student to Registered Nurse – Alexey’s Journey

    Flinders University nursing graduate, Alexey Pasynkov, loved his final nursing placement at Resthaven so much that, when he graduated, he applied to work at Resthaven – and was successful! Alexey, who is now a Registered Nurse (RN) at Resthaven Port Elliot, says, ‘At the end of 2020, I did my Flinders University nursing placement at … Continued

    After 15 years, Community Services Manager Liz steps down

    After 15 years in the job, Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services Manager, Liz Southall, is stepping down as manager as she transitions to retirement – leaving this career opportunity open to the right person! Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, Sue McKechnie, says, ‘Whoever takes over from Liz will have big shoes to fill, that’s for … Continued

    ‘Aged care is a dynamic sector to work in’, says Annie

    Annie McColl lives out the benefits of working in aged care every day, through her extensive knowledge in the ever-growing sector. Having worked in the industry for thirty years, Annie has gained varied experience and knowledge in the aged care industry, currently working as Care Coordinator at Resthaven Leabrook. ‘I am involved in different areas … Continued

    Men on the Move and About Town

    On Thursday 17 June 2021, Resthaven hosted a special event for Resthaven clients and staff. The event was part of the annual Maintenance and Gardeners Development Day, which coincides with Men’s Health Week each year. Resthaven Marion Community Services social groups for men, ‘Men on the Move’ and ‘Men About Town,’ were invited to the … Continued

    A career in aged care? Yes!

    Meet Brock Muller, 25, who challenges the stereotypical attitude that aged care is not a workplace for young people. Brock has worked as a personal care assistant at Resthaven Mount Gambier for three years, and brings with him youthful enthusiasm and a willingness to learn from the older people he supports. Brock says, ‘I believe … Continued

    Home Support Worker Desma makes a difference

    Desma Jenke, Home Support Worker with Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services, is making a difference in the lives of older people across the south east, supporting them to live independently in their own homes, or enjoy a short stay in Resthaven’s Naracoorte respite cottage. Desma, who has worked in the role for around eight years, … Continued

    The ‘immense personal satisfaction’ of an aged care career

    Working in aged care will give you ‘immense personal satisfaction,’ according to Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services Home Support Worker, Katrina Miller. ‘I’ve been in the south east for 25 years,’ she says, ‘And for most of it, I worked in a wine manufacturing laboratory.’ ‘But honestly, it was boring, and I realised that I … Continued

    World’s Greatest Shave at Ridgway House

    On 22 April, staff, volunteers and clients got together at Ridgway House for Assistant Manager, Julian Sporne’s, highly anticipated hair colouring day for the World’s Greatest Shave. The idea came from a conversation between Home Support Worker, Bec Marshall, and Julian earlier this year. ‘I have a different hair colour most weeks, and when I … Continued