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About Us

If you provide personal care, support and/or assistance to family or friends who have

  • A disability
  • A mental illness
  • Dementia
  • A long term health condition
  • An illness that is terminal
  • An alcohol or drug related dependence or
  • Someone who is frail due to age

Then you are a Carer and you can access the support services that Carers SA offers.

People become Carers in different ways. Sometimes they start helping someone out bit by bit. Sometimes it happens suddenly, because of an accident or illness. Carers can be any age. Parents, grandparents, partners, siblings, children, friends and neighbours may all take on a caring role at some point in their life.

Carers SA is a state-wide organisation, with skilled and professional staff working across country and metropolitan South Australia.  Carers SA also provides a number of services to young people (aged 5-25) in a caring role.

Carers SA delivers the federally funded Carer Gateway in South Australia. Carer Gateway is an Australian Government initiative which provides services and support to unpaid Carers across Australia. Services include Carer Support Planning, Peer Support, Counselling, Tailored Support Packages, Coaching, Young Carer Services and Emergency Respite.

Carers SA is the lead Carer Gateway provider in South Australia and also provides a range of supports for Carers including Carer Breaks and one on one support, as well as continues to play a strong advocacy role on behalf of Carers to ensure the Carer voice is heard and represented.

Carers SA also provides a range of supports for Carers including Carer Breaks and personalised services funded by the State Government – Department of Human Services.

These services support Carers from all backgrounds and cultures.
These services are delivered at no cost to you.

Carers SA’s Helping Carers Care

Our Purpose: Addressing the challenges for current and future Carers so they can care for others.

Vision: To be recognised as the key ‘Carer organisation’ in South Australia.

Our Values

Our values, listed below, represent how we will engage with Carers, each other and the broader community.

Inclusivity

All Carers are treated with respect, dignity and as a person in their own right.

Empathy

We are open, approachable and are always willing to provide assistance to Carers, the community and each other.

Integrity

We always act with honesty, accountability and transparency when engaging with Carers, the community and each other.

Professional Excellence

We strive to provide services of a high quality to Carers and other customers. We are progressive in our thoughts and actions, and aim to be leaders in the sector.

Collaboration

We 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.

Meet The Team

Our dedicated board, experienced management team, knowledgeable staff and essential volunteers work on behalf of more than 250,000 Carers across the state.

Executive Team

David Militz

CEO
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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.

Sharon Tentye

Executive Manager Service Delivery
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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.

Helen Brown

Executive Manager Strategic Engagement
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Helen is the Executive Manager, Strategic Engagement at Carers SA with oversight of the community and Carer engagement; and marketing and communications portfolios at Carers SA.

With a background in Psychology and over 20 years experience spanning across a range of leadership, consulting and project management roles throughout Government, non-government, and private business sector, Helen brings vast knowledge, skills and experience in strategic planning, policy development, change management, stakeholder engagement and community development.

Helen has led diverse and large teams including experience with volunteer and membership based organisations. Her experience is vast and has included management, including teams and program areas with a focus on children, youth and family services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, migration support, emergency services, social inclusion initiatives for vulnerable adults, and the design and implementation of Australian and international wide child safeguarding policy frameworks.

Joanne Cottle

Executive Manager Finance & Corporate Services
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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.

Abi Wheeler

Executive Manager - People, Safety & Quality
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With a consistent record of delivering fit for purpose solutions that drive improved business performance, Abi has over 18 years of experience in the HR sector, with roles across recruitment, HR general management and organisational development. More recently coming from a large global manufacturing company as Group Manager, Employee Experience, Abi has a passion for inspiring, engaging and enabling collaborative people and business focused solutions across all areas of business. Abi holds a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Leadership and is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration.

Program Managers

Michael Scordo

Program Manager Local Service Delivery

Sarah Hylton

Program Manager Carer Support Planning

Carers SA Board

Phil Martin

President
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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.

Adrian Hinton

Treasurer
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Adrian retired in July 2018 after over 43 years with Deloitte where he undertook a range of roles including being a Principal in their Audit & Assurance group. Adrian’s qualifications include, a Bachelor of Economics, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in Australia and New Zealand. Appointed to the Board May 2019.

Susan Antoun

Board Member
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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 Collison 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.

Jody Martin-Rankin

Board Member
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Experienced manager highly skilled in the development and delivery of business operations, strategic planning, project management, and leadership.

More than 25 years professional experience in Human Services with a commitment to innovation that deepens social impact and facilitates cultural change through collaboration and planning.

Proven senior-level experience in complex decision-making, policy direction, financial and personnel management, research and development. Committed to the highest levels of professional and personal excellence.

Jody was appointed to the Board to fill a casual vacancy in February 2023.

Sharon Wachtel

Board Director
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With extensive and diverse executive leadership experience in Government, community service and project management, Sharon has achieved success in leading people and organisations. As well as identifying the issues of importance in complex situations and implement adaptive future looking responses.

Building strategic relationships both external and internal based on trust and respect and develop networks to drive business outcomes and development of organisational culture.

Sharon’s approach to leadership is bring out the best in others, identifying common interests and shared goals and creating an environment where diverse people thrive.

Sharon was appointed to the Board to fill a casual vacancy in February 2023.

Sonya Weiser

Board Member
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Sonya Weiser is the Director and Principal Consultant of Wiser Technology Advice, a division of the family business Weiser Australia Pty. Ltd. Sonya has a wealth of experience in board and committee roles, with significant background in the information technology industry and management consulting.

Her extensive involvement in volunteering demonstrates Sonya’s belief in giving back to the community, through membership of not-for-profit boards, volunteer roles in Rotary and other organisations, and professional services provided to not-for-profit organisations. Sonya’s is an active member of the Rotary Club of Adelaide, contributing to numerous committees, and is a mentor in the Rotary Club of Adelaide’s mentoring program.

Sonya was appointed to the Board in November 2021.

Tony Simmons

Board Member
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Tony has substantial experience in providing financial advice to high net worth individuals and small – medium sized business owners and regularly advises on financial planning matters ranging from personal risk insurance advice to next generation succession.

His private wealth experience is complemented by over 30 years experience in the provision of taxation, accounting, business and strategic planning advice to a range of business and professional clients.

Tony also provides expert comments for articles that appear in the media including the Advertiser, the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, AFR and Courier Mail. In recent times, and has authored articles for various publications including most recently in-business magazine, Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine and the Pharmacy Guild.

Tony’s expertise includes:
• Transactional support services
• Financial planning and superannuation advice
• Strategic financial services advice
• Self-Managed Superannuation Fund establishment and compliance
• Personal risk insurance advice
• Financial advisory services to small to medium family businesses and professional practices.

Tony was appointed to the Board to fill a casual vacancy in August 2022.

Paul Kitsi

Board Member
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During the past 40 years, Paul has gained extensive knowledge and experience in accounting, audit, investigation, research, team management, achieving budgets, interpreting legislation and brief preparation while working in the private sector, and for the state and federal governments. He has completed studies in finance, business, management, statutory compliance, and investigations.

As a Carer continuously for over 25 years, he has cared for 4 family members, 3 at the same time for several years and during the last 7 years fulltime and part time, for 1 member. During this time Paul has experienced many obstacles and challenges that Carers face daily, advocating with numerous agencies especially in the medical system and is keen to offer his assistance to improve the lives of Carers and the person they care for.

Paul was elected to the Board at the AGM in 2023.

GOVERNANCE

Carers SA is a not-for-profit incorporated association with a mixed income base including funding by the South Australian 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,

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 of Human Services. This demonstrates our commitment to quality service delivery.

Media Contact

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

Please contact Alida Parente, Marketing and Communications Officer.
Email: alida.parente@carerssa.com.au
Phone: (08) 8291 5600