• Aged care occupational therapy a ‘dream career’ for Melayni

    In a case of coming full circle, graduate, Melayni Bovaird-Cations used a Resthaven scholarship to complete her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at UniSA – and is now working as an Aged care Occupational Therapist at Resthaven Murray Bridge, Hills & Fleurieu Community Services at 37 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. After high school, Melayni had worked … Continued

    New Manager at Resthaven Mitcham

    A new Manager, Hannah Coelho, has been welcomed at Resthaven Mitcham. It follows the transfer of previous Manager, Mandy Micallef, to Resthaven Bellevue Heights, to oversee a major site redevelopment at the home. Hannah, who commenced at Resthaven Mitcham in June, may be a Manager now, but she understands the nuances of the aged care … Continued

    Sylvia encourages employee engagement

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome Sylvia Powell to Resthaven, in the role of Executive Manager People and Culture. Sylvia commenced in August. Sylvia’s most recent position was General Manager People and Culture for Eldercare, a position that she held since May 2016. Prior to that, she worked with the University of South … Continued

    Working in aged care gives Sam career opportunities

    Sam Pratt, Resthaven Mount Gambier Care Coordinator, is one of the thousands of dedicated aged care employees who support older people across the Limestone Coast to live their best lives. Sam, who started as a Personal Care Assistant with Resthaven Mount Gambier in 2014, completed her nursing studies at the University of South Australia Mount … Continued

    ‘Lots of career opportunities at Resthaven’

    Resthaven Westbourne Park Clinical Nurse, Finela Laluces, 27, has gone from strength to strength in the six years since she began working with Resthaven. Originally from the Philippines, where she worked as a nurse, Finela underwent two years of further study upon arrival in Australia in 2014. ‘I started as a Personal Care Assistant as … Continued

    ‘In aged care, every day is a new day’


    Jasmine Fox, Enrolled Nurse; A story of career progression.

    Resthaven Westbourne Park Enrolled Nurse, Jasmine Fox, has worked for Resthaven for eighteen years – and she still loves her job now just as much as when she started. ‘I started as a Housekeeping Assistant at Resthaven Marion, serving breakfast and lunch,’ she says. ‘I then worked in a relieving role for a while, before … Continued

    A ‘ministry of presence’ for Chaplain, Nina

    Dr Nina Corlett-McDonald, one of Resthaven Leabrook’s Coordinating Chaplains, describes working together with older people ‘as a privilege.’ Before coming to Resthaven, Nina worked in ‘a more administrative role,’ but, she says, ‘I wanted to be with people again; I really did feel a pull.’ ‘It is such a privilege to be invited into someone’s … Continued

    Clinical Excellence at Resthaven

    Resthaven’s Clinical Services team works hard to support the care needs of around 2,000 older people living at Resthaven residential aged care homes and in their own homes across South Australia. For this reason, the Resthaven Senior Manager Clinical Services role is of critical importance to the wellbeing of staff and consumers alike. Luckily, the … Continued

    Flexibility and Empathy in Palliative Care

    Resthaven Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Peter Jenkin, says that ‘flexibility and empathy are just as important as technical skills when it comes to providing good end of life care’. Peter, who has worked as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Resthaven for almost nine years, reflects on several occurrences in the early 1990s, which steered … Continued

    Two Staff, 82 Years of Service at Resthaven Marion

    Resthaven farewelled two very long-serving Resthaven Marion staff members into retirement, who, between them, have completed 82 years of service to the Resthaven Marion community. Jo Ford and Mira Trett, both of the housekeeping team, have served 38 years and 44 years respectively. What an amazing achievement! Manager Residential Services, Stephanie Steensma, says, ‘Both Jo … Continued

    Transitioning Nurses Celebrate Graduation at Resthaven

    On 20 February, Resthaven celebrated the graduation of the ‘Transition to Professional Practice Program’ (TPPP) class of 2019. The Resthaven TPPP aims to provide mentoring and practical support to graduate nurses as they transition into a professional aged care environment, building confidence in their skills, and enabling them to provide high quality care to older … Continued

    Holli is making a difference

    It’s been an exciting couple of years for Resthaven Western Community Services Enrolled Nurse, Holli Gilbertson. Holli, who started with Resthaven in mid-2018, originally started out working in hospitality, as she ‘loves working with people.’ As she also loves working with older people, she decided to change career paths. ‘I did a certificate III in … Continued

    From Finance to Aged Care – Julian’s career story.


    Encore Career with Heart

    After 25 years in the finance industry, Julian Sporne (Assistant Manager, Resthaven Community Respite Services), needed a change of focus from dollars to people. ‘In 2014, I had a complete change of career and became a Home Support Worker with Resthaven,’ says Julian. ‘It was a huge culture shift for me to work in the … Continued

    Resthaven Diversity Training

    Resthaven recently trialled group training sessions for staff and volunteers in ‘Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training’. ‘Resthaven’s Diversity Action Plan is a response to the Australian Government Aged Care Diversity Framework, released in 2017’, says Lynn Openshaw, Manager Service Development. ‘As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and in response to … Continued

    Employment Opportunities in Aged Care

    Career opportunities in aged care are ‘unlimited,’ says Registered Nurse, Emma Read; she would know, having gone from an RN working through an agency to Clinical Nurse ACFI within the space of just eight years. A UniSA graduate (Bachelor of Nursing), Emma’s first interaction with Resthaven was in 2011, working some shifts as an Agency … Continued