Our Staff

Working Together 

The staff team at Fernlea works to support our clients and their families, as well as the volunteers who work across our services. We work together to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and to identify new opportunities to extend and grow our services to meet local community needs.

  Management, admin and business support

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SUE MCIVOR 
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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NICOLE RILEY 
ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Nicole is an experienced administrator who provides admin support across all areas of Fernlea's work. Nicole’s main areas of responsibility include:

  • overseeing HR administration for staff and volunteers, including OHS

  • recruiting volunteers

  • maintaining Fernlea's property and equipment

  • providing admin support for the CEO

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PRUE DONALDSON
ADMIN & ROSTERING ASSISTANT

Prue is an experienced administrator who provides admin support to the Client Service Team.  Prue’s main areas of responsibility include:

  • providing admin support to the Nurse Manager

  • overseeing the rostering for in-home care

  • overseeing the rostering for volunteers in guest service

Sue’s background is in business

management, with tertiary qualifications

in Business Administration, including an

MBA. Having worked in both public and

private sectors, including running her own business, Sue has spent more than 25 years managing not-for profit organisations at

local, state and national levels. Prior to

her role with Fernlea, Sue was CEO of

Playgroup SA, Playgroup Australia, and

the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Sue has been a volunteer in the community sector for more than 30 years, including

as a non-Executive Director on the Board

of Connecting Up Inc. for 9 years and consumer representative on Cabrini

Health’s Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee for more than

six years.

Sue became interested in the impact of

life-limiting illness following her own and

her family's experiences, and joined Fernlea because she is passionate about building

robust and sustainable community

services. Sue has operational oversight

of all of Fernlea's services, as well as

working closely with the Board to

ensure the strategic plan is

implemented throughout

the organisation.

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EMILIJANA RUBIO 
FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR

Emi looks after finance-related matters across all of Fernlea's services. Emi’s main areas of responsibility include:

  • providing bookkeeping, payroll and financial administration services

  • preparing financial and statistical reports

  • providing internal IT support

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SASHA DE SILVA
 
FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

Sasha has a degree in communications

and many years experience working

in communications, marketing and

fundraising in the not-for-profit,

government and education sectors.

Sasha's main areas of responsibility

include:

  • implementing Fernlea's fundraising strategy

  • organising and administering Fernlea's fundraising events

  • engaging with Fernlea's donors

       and supporters

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PATRICK BERRY 
NURSE MANAGER

Patrick has extensive clinical and management experience, with particular interest in quality improvement, and patient centred care. Patrick’s goals include having a safe and supportive environment for all staff, guests, carers and volunteers. Patrick’s role includes:

  • managing the clinical staff and day respite volunteers

  • assessing client and carer needs, including developing, implementing and updating care plans

  • developing plans to improve clients enjoyment and quality of life through supporting social, emotional, physical and clinical wellbeing.

  • working to improve clients’ enjoyment and quality of life by supporting their social, physical, emotional and clinical well-being

  • promoting the culture of Fernlea and its services

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JANE JOSS 
NURSE ( PAKENHAM )

Jane is an Enrolled Nurse with significant experience in clinical care. Jane manages Fernlea's day respite services at Berwick. Jane’s main responsibilities include:

  • managing day respite staff and volunteers

  • managing the clinical need of clients

  • liaising with clients and their carers

  • promoting Fernlea's services

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GWEN MURPHY
PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT

Gwen is a qualified Personal Care Assistant (PCA) with experience in disability, aged care and palliative care. Gwen’s main areas of responsibility include:

  • providing high quality, person-centred care to Fernlea's clients

  • supporting carers in their role

     Client Service Team

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DAMIEN HANSOM
PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT

Damien is a qualified Personal Care Assistant (PCA) with other 30 years experience and has worked in lots of

settings from big rehabilitation facilities

to small independent living units & everything in between! Damien’s

main areas of responsibility include:

  • providing high quality, person-centred care to Fernlea's clients

  • supporting carers in their role

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BARBARA CURRUTHERS
ACTIVITIES & LIFESTYLE COORDINATOR 

Barbara develops and organises activities for our day respite guests. Barbara’s main areas of responsibility include:

  • creating and implementing a range of activities that suit clients' needs and abilities, and that enhance their quality of life and enjoyment

  • developing and updating client lifestyle plans

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LISA HESSEY
CHEF

Lisa is a qualified Chef with over

20 years experience working in commercial restaurants and aged care facilities. She has a passion for creating beautiful meals, especially delicious desserts and cakes. Lisa’s main areas of responsibility include:

  • creating nutritious seasonal menus that are varied and appealing, and meet the personal preferences and

       dietary needs of our guests

  • ensuring high food safety standards, including acting as Food Safety Supervisor under the Food Safety Act

   Fernlea Shop of Opportunities

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SHARON DONOVAN
MANAGER OF SHOP OF OPPORTUNITIES

Sharon is a former business owner with a background in business management, administration, marketing & bookkeeping. As the manager of Fernlea Shop of Opportunities, her main areas of responsibility are:

  • to maximise donations and sales through marketing, promotion and various strategies

  • continued planning and management of the Op Shop whilst working as part of a team to achieve the best possible results

  • contribute to a workplace environment that supports all volunteers and develops teamwork

  • provide support, maintain and increase volunteer staff skill levels