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.

About Us

Carers SA’s vision is for an Australia that values and supports carers.

Our mission is to work to improve the health, wellbeing, resilience and financial secuity of carers and to ensure that caring is a shared responsibility of family, community and the government.

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 Values are:

  1. Inclusivity – All carers are treated with respect, dignity and as a person in their own right. Carers SA people are respectful of diversity whether that be as an individual or caused by geography.
  1. Empathy – Carers SA people are open, approachable and are always willing to provide assistance to carers, the community and each other.
  1. Integrity – Carers SA people always act with honesty, accountability and transparency when engaging with carers, the community and each other.
  1. Professional Excellence – Carers SA people strive to provide services of a high quality to carers and other customers. They are progressive in their thoughts and actions and aim to be leaders in the sector.
  1. Collaboration – Carers SA people work with carers as partners, focusing on individual strengths with the aim to enhance positive outcomes. All external partnership opportunities are investigated and pursued to best serve the communities we work in and with.

These values represent how Carers SA and its people will engage with carers, each other and the broader community.

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 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.

  • Sharon
    Tentye

    Executive Manager Local Service Delivery

    Sharon is an experienced Executive Manager with over 10 years’ experience working at Senior and Executive level , managing services in metropolitan, regional and remote locations across Australia. Sharon re-joined Carers SA in June 2018. Sharon believes leadership starts with relationships - excellent relationships with stakeholders, consumers, clients and staff. Change is a constant in our evolving society and Sharon is committed to being involved, guiding teams and being an active change agent.

  • Anthony
    Fogarty

    Executive Manager Regional Delivery

    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.

  • Shaun
    Monis

    Executive Manager Human Resource Process Improvement

    Shaun has 20 years’ experience in operational, human resources and development leadership roles within the commercial sector. He is passionate and committed to applying his expertise in leadership, coaching, continuous improvement and facilitation to deploy solutions to drive strong people and business performance. Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Human Resource Management and a Cert IV in Training & Assessment.

Program Managers

  • John
    Merrett

    Acting Program Manager Community Services

  • Kay
    Stillwell

    Program Manager Commonwealth Respite Centre

  • Libby
    Ferguson

    Acting Program Manager Advisory & Counselling

Team Leaders

  • Anne
    Stratton

    Regional Team Leader Western Metro

  • Cephas
    Stanley

    Regional Team Leader Northern Country

  • Jo
    Caruana

    Regional Team Leader Eyre

  • Michael
    Scordo

    Regional Team Leader River Murray Mallee

  • Sue
    Tucker

    Regional Team Leader Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

  • Terry
    Mangelsdorf

    Team Leader Respite

  • Sandi
    Seymour

    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

    Ralph has been a full time family carer for twenty-one years and had been a member of Carers SA since 2007. Ralph looks forward to building better supports for carers through his advocacy as a member of the Carers SA Board. Appointed November 2017.

  • Kerrie
    Akkermans

    Board Member

    Kerrie has been a carer for a family member for the past fifteen years. Kerrie is the CEO of Girl Guides SA and has worked in high level management positions for other not-for-profit organisations. Kerrie's qualifications include, a Certificate of Professional Legal Studies, Diploma of Property, Diploma of Management, Bachelor of Communications and a Bachelor of Arts. Appointed to the Board November 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.

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.
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If you would prefer to read about how we can help before getting in touch, download an outline of “Our Services” brochure.

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Media Contact

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

Please contact Tania Starr, Executive Assistant.
Email: Tania@carers-sa.asn.au
Phone: (08) 8291 5626

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