Who is
Carers SA?

Carers SA provides support to family carers across South Australia.

Carers are at the heart of everything we do. We want your contribution to be valued and your voice to be heard. You should know we’re with you, every step of the way. We support you through offering advice, information, training, counselling and respite.

What do we do?

Carers SA has a key role in empowering family carers, by providing quality services and programs to support
their needs, and the needs of the people they care for.

We are the voice of carers, so that their contribution to the South Australian community
and economy is recognised.

Carers SA encourages partnership with government and the health and community sectors to enhance service provision and improve the conditions for family carers through policy development, research and advocacy.

Our strategic objectives are for carers to enjoy improved health, well-being, resilience and financial security and have access to high quality, affordable services for themselves and the person they care for so that they have, within their caring role, a work-life balance.

Our History

Looking back at what started in 1988 as an idea, then in 1989 became a grassroots movement of carers and service providers, we now see an organisation that has grown and evolved to become a state wide organisation.

Meet the Team

Carers SA utilises the talents and skills of a dedicated board, an experienced management team, a knowledgeable staff group, and key volunteers to underpin our work with, and on behalf of, caring families.

Executive Managers

  • David
    Militz

    CEO

    David’s experience in the not-for-profit sector spans senior management positions across homelessness, aged care, families and youth, in both regional and metropolitan regions. David joined Carers SA in March 2014 as Executive Manager Community Services and was appointed as CEO in April 2017. David has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Recreation, Planning and Management and is currently completing a Master in Business Administration.

  • Jo
    Cottle

    Executive Manager Finance & Corporate Services

    Jo is a Chartered Accountant and joined Carers SA in 2015. She previously worked as an auditor in Big 4 firms and as a Financial Controller for a large corporate company. She has a strong passion for the not for profit sector and brings a wealth of finance, risk, Human Resources, IT, operational and administration knowledge to the organisation.

  • Amy
    Orange

    Acting Executive Manager Community Services

    Amy joined Carers SA in 2013 as a Program Manager and now oversees the carer services team across the organisation. Amy has over eight years of experience in the not for profit community service sector, and holds qualifications in psychology and business administration. Amy is driven by her passion for social justice and equal opportunity, and enjoys coming up with innovative solutions to address complex social issues.

  • Anthony
    Fogarty

    Executive Manager Strategy & Operations

    Anthony joined Carers SA in March 2017. An experienced executive manager with more than 15 years in the not for profit sector, he specialises in change management, business development and operational and strategic planning. He has a passion for developing high performing teams, ensuring quality services meet user needs. Anthony has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Planning.

  • Sue
    DeSilva

    Office Manager Finance & Corporate Services

    Sue joined Carers SA in 2001 after working in the not for profit sector for nine years. She has an Associate Diploma in HR and WHS as well as a solid background in Financial Management. Human Resource Management is the focus of Sue’s work along with her other portfolios of IT, Premises and Vehicle Fleet Management.

Program Managers

  • John
    Merrett

    Acting Program Manager Community Services

  • Pam
    Donnelly

    Program Manager Commonwealth Respite

  • Katrina
    Easton

    Program Manager Advisory & Counselling

Team Leaders

  • Anne
    Stratton

    Joint Regional Team Leader Western Metro

  • Marta
    Hughes

    Joint Regional Team Leader Western Metro

  • Cephas
    Stanley

    Regional Team Leader Northern Country

  • Jo
    Caruana

    Regional Team Leader Eyre

  • Lianne
    Brewin

    Regional Team Leader River Murray Mallee

  • Sue
    Tucker

    Regional Team Leader Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

  • Terry
    Mangelsdorf

    Team Leader Respite

  • TBA

    Regional Team Leader Mt Gambier

Our Board

  • Lyn
    Woodforde

    President

    Lyn is a past and current carer and has been an Ambassador of Carers SA since 2007. She has represented Carers SA on numerous Mental Health Reference Groups and is a ministerial appointee to the Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee. Lyn was appointed to the Board in 2010, became Vice President in 2012 and has acted as our President since 2013.

  • Phil
    Martin

    Vice President

    Phil has over 30 years experience in disability service provision and management having worked in Government and non-Government organisations aiming to enhance the lives of people living with a disability and their families. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Diploma Public Sector Management and is a FACID (Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors). He was appointed to the Board in February 2014.

  • Susan
    Antoun

    Treasurer

    Susan is a Certified Practicing Accountant, member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Governance Risk and Compliance Institute and is a qualified stockbroker. She is currently Head of Compliance and Operations at Taylor Collision having previously worked as an Audit Director at a second tier accounting firm and began her career at the Auditors Generals. Susan has served on a number of not for profit boards and was appointed to the Carers SA board in June 2017.

  • Jenny
    Davies

    Board Member

    Jenny Davies is a former university lecturer with qualifications in social work, urban and regional planning. Jenny was elected to the board in November 2014 and appointed as Vice President in 2015.

  • Lynne
    Carter

    Board Member

    Lynne is an Executive Manager with Westpac Banking Corporation and has a background in financial services with over 20 years experience in strategic and operational leadership roles. Lynne currently cares for her elderly mother who is recovering following a stroke. She holds Diploma in Business Management; Certificate in Counselling and is an AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) Graduate. Lynne was appointed to the Board in November 2014.

  • Jan
    Wallent

    Board Member

    Jan has a nursing background, moving from a general nursing to senior management positions supporting the disability and aged care sectors, prior to her retirement in 1999. She has also spent much of her life caring for various members of her family suffering from illnesses and disabilities, and in 2010 received the Joy Noble Medal for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Jan was appointed to the Board in July 2014 and has acted as Carers SA’s nominee on Carers Australia Board since November 2014.

  • Dani
    Cuff

    Board Member

    Dani has over ten years of human resources, recruitment and senior account management experience within large national and global organisations. She is one of two founding Directors of Harrison McMillan an Adelaide based recruitment firm and has been a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Dani holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Certificate IV in Front Line Management and a Bachelor of Science. She was appointed to the Board in April 2017.

  • Ralph
    Tuxford

    Board Member

    Appointed October 2017.

  • Kerrie
    Akkermans

    Board Member

    Appointed October 2017.

Governance

Carers SA is a not-for-profit incorporated association with a mixed income base including funding by the SA and Australian Governments. We are part of a national network of Carers Associations and a member of Carers Australia, the recognised national peak body representing and advocating on behalf of family and friend carers throughout Australia.

Download our most recent Annual Report and Strategic Plan to find out more.

Past Carers SA CEO, Rosemary Warmington AM

Former Carers SA CEO, Rosemary Warmington AM shares her insights on the caring landscape in South Australia. She also provides some very valuable history as to how Carers SA got to where it has today.

 

Service Excellence

Carers SA has achieved Certificate level accreditation of Australian Service Excellence Standards, which is an internationally accredited quality improvement program initiated by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion. This demonstrates our commitment to quality service delivery.

Contact Us

Contact our friendly team for advice on
1800 242 636

Or use our contact form.
CONTACT CARERS SA

If you would prefer to read about how we can help before getting in touch,
download our ‘Supporting Family Carers’ brochure

DOWNLOAD HERE

Media Contact

Journalists or media professionals wanting further information, a comment or an interview should speak with our CEO, David Militz.

Please contact Anna Booth, Marketing and Communications Officer.
Email: Anna.Booth@carers-sa.asn.au
Phone: (08) 8291 5600
Mobile: 0458 198 651

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