• COVID-19 Vaccination Information for our Communities

    COVID-19 Vaccinations for Resthaven Residents The vaccination for residents of Residential Aged Care Facilities is being coordinated by the Australian Government and delivered by organisations contracted to the Commonwealth Department of Health. The vaccine being provided to residents through this program is the Pfizer vaccine (the AstraZeneca vaccine is being administered through GP programs). Both … Continued

    Time to show you care about aged care

    After more than two years of thorough investigation, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety delivered its final report to the government on Friday 26 February 2021. It reveals that many older people are not receiving the care that they need and deserve, and that the Australian community expects. Over the past two … Continued

    For once our elders are being put first

    As the Australian government prepares to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to people living in aged care homes, disability specific accommodation, and to our frontline workers, the inevitable discussion of choice is being raised. It makes perfect sense to want to protect our loved ones from any future risk or harm. The Therapeutic Goods Administration … Continued

    A Watchful Wait

    The first few months of 2021 will be a testing time for the aged care sector, waiting for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Recent clusters of COVID-19 in the Eastern states have highlighted the importance of remaining vigilant. For the front-line workers in aged care, this means continuing with visitor screening at residential aged … Continued

    Reflecting on my first six months as CEO

    People have asked me what motivated me to apply for the role of CEO for an aged care provider at a time like this. With a Royal Commission into aged care quality and safety already under way, years of chronic underfunding of the sector and major reform on the horizon, it certainly looked like a … Continued

    Time to dust off the bucket list

    As we near the end of what has been a year like no other, with the continuing threat of COVID-19, it is good to reflect on the annual traditions that we continue to recognise. In November each year, we honour and acknowledge all those who died or suffered in wars or armed conflicts. This Remembrance … Continued

    Royal Commission

    The final hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was held on Thursday and Friday last week. More than 10,000 submissions have been received from the public and multiple hearings, workshops, community forums, meetings and roundtables have been held across the country. The Royal Commission has published eight background papers, fourteen … Continued

    What are the stories that define us?

    One of the great joys of working with older people is listening and learning from them when they share the stories of their past. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is not always the significant world events that matter to them the most, rather the personal stories of triumph, survival and resilience. Some share their sporting successes … Continued

    Older people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect

    Protecting the most frail, vulnerable, older individuals who need specialised and complex care and support in residential care is a major concern for our society, not just aged care providers. As our population ages, the need for these services will continue to grow, and it is imperative that we meet this demand with high-quality care. … Continued

    Who will pay for aged care?

    In its latest consultation paper, Financing Aged Care, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has invited submissions about the future financing of the aged care system. It is an important discussion and one that the sector has been waiting for since the Royal Commission commenced. The paper begins with a quote from … Continued

    Invaluable workers overlooked

    I have great admiration for the people who work in aged care, particularly those with the opportunity to provide direct care and support to those in need. This important work makes a difference to people’s lives every day. Retaining staff in the sector can be difficult, especially when wages do not compare favourably with other … Continued

    From the CEO

    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 … Continued

    Welcome, CEO Darren Birbeck

    Today, Monday 1 June, we welcome Darren Birbeck to the role of Resthaven Chief Executive Officer. Darren’s appointment follows the retirement of Richard Hearn after 34 years with Resthaven, 27 of those as CEO. Darren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration, is a Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants … Continued

    ‘Farewell’ – From the CEO

    Today, I farewell Resthaven after 34 years, 27 of those as CEO. I wish to acknowledge my appreciation of the valued relationships and kindred spirit of the many individuals I have had the good fortune to work with over time. I wish incoming Resthaven CEO, Darren Birbeck, all the best, and trust his experience will … Continued

    Consider health and support needs

    Thus far, the response to COVID-19 in South Australia has been exceptional in limiting the transmission of the virus. This achievement reflects the hard work of all those working in health and aged care services, the key leadership of state health authorities, who have responsibility for the overarching public health response, and the implementation of … Continued

    Resthaven Turns 85

    The 11th of May was the day in 1935 that Resthaven was officially opened by Lady Isabel Kidman, wife of the prominent pastoralist, Sir Sidney Kidman. So it is that this year, Resthaven celebrates 85 years of working together with older people and their carers in South Australia. Richard Hearn Resthaven Over the years, many … Continued