• 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

    From the CEO


    Times of change and renewal

    As I recognised ANZAC Day from home this year, I was reminded of the sacrifice of those brave men and women who have served in times of war. Nurses and the medical corps play an important caring role throughout these conflicts. The first ANZACs fought for our country in the first World War. Those who … Continued

    Further Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic Visitor Restrictions

    Following some recent confusing media announcements by the Prime Minister, other politicians, and the Chief Medical Officer, I write  a further update on the COVID-19 pandemic visitor restrictions at Resthaven. At present, the current visitor restrictions have not changed. No visitors are permitted within our residential homes, with the exception of visiting allowed at the … Continued

    Resthaven Appoints New CEO

    Earlier this year, long serving Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, announced his intention to retire from the CEO role. The Resthaven Board undertook a national recruitment process to find a suitable candidate to take on this key leadership position that Richard has held for 26 years, with more than 34 years in total at … Continued

    Governor takes time to thank Resthaven staff


    Message of support from South Australian Governor, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC

    On Friday 17 April, Former Resthaven CEO, Richard Hearn, was delighted to take a telephone call from the South Australian Governor, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, to appraise himself of how aged care aspects were coping and to thank all the aged care workers who are making such a difference to people’s lives. Richard … Continued

    Resthaven staff are prepared

    The Resthaven staff team is adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst undertaking the essential services provided to older individuals every day. We are very proud of their outstanding commitment. Resthaven has a COVID-19 management group, which meets regularly, to monitor the current situation and review our plan. Our staff are committed to … Continued