• Employee Stories

    Donna Haar’s ‘life-changing’ career in aged care

    Resthaven Northern Community Services Coordinator, Donna Haar, loves what she does in aged care, however, she hasn’t always been in the sector. Donna explains, ‘15 years ago, my “office” looked slightly different!’ ‘I worked as a factory supervisor in regional South Australia. I thought I would be doing that for my whole working life, but … Continued

    Donna’s Home Support Worker role

    Since leaving her insurance job to join Resthaven as a Home Support Worker, Donna Felce hasn’t looked back. Donna, who made the bold career move only a short time ago, says, ‘I spent 15 years in insurance – before that, payroll and banking.’ ‘My daughter was doing a nursing degree, and we talked about the … Continued

    Nursing in the Community Week: ‘Incredibly Rewarding’

    As one of South Australia’s largest aged care providers, Resthaven has an active presence in the community—proudly supporting more than 12,000 clients to continue living independently in their homes for longer. Resthaven Executive Manager Community Services, Sue McKechnie, says ‘It is very important to acknowledge and thank the 88 nurses working across Resthaven Community Services … Continued

    Resthaven’s first Exercise Physiologist, Hillary Williams

    Flinders University graduate, Hillary Williams, is starting her career off strongly, as Resthaven’s first ever Exercise Physiologist, adding to Resthaven’s existing suite of allied health and wellness services for older people. Not one to shy away from ‘firsts’, Hillary was part of the first cohort to complete the new exercise physiology degree at Flinders University … Continued

    Claire’s working holiday in the Fleurieu Peninsula

    Claire Fox, Personal Care Assistant at Resthaven Craigmore, recently took up a unique opportunity to experience life in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Having only worked in aged care for one year, Claire is all about taking new opportunities. ‘I was a dairy farmer in Victoria for 20 plus years, and felt it was time for a … Continued

    Garth reflects on 40 years of service

    This year, Resthaven Westbourne Park Housekeeping Services Assistant, Garth Rowe, celebrates 40 years of service with Resthaven Westbourne Park. He shares his reflections with us. Garth says, ‘I was studying at music school, and one of my friends, who was also studying there, told me there were some evening shifts going at Resthaven. So I … Continued

    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