Melissa Centofanti – Chief Executive Officer
Melissa is usually in the office every day.
Melissa directs all operations of the association. She also assists the Board in setting the strategic, governance and risk framework within which the association delivers its services to relevant stakeholders.
A major part of Melissa’s role is to represent, and advocate for, ACS SA & NT’s membership in all issues affecting aged and community care services at local, state and federal government levels.
In addition, Melissa ensures that the ACS membership is kept well informed and that the association is responding to members’ needs. Melissa regularly liaises with key external agencies and other stakeholders as required. A significant part of her role is to provide input to aged care reform, policy and directions at both state and national levels.
Peta Braendler – Community Care Manager
Peta is usually in the office Monday-Thursday.
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Peta is responsible for ensuring that member organisations of ACS, which provide community and home aged care services, are provided with information, advice and other support in the conduct of their services.
A key aspect of her role is to liaise closely with several standing and special purpose steering committees dedicated to addressing community care issues on behalf of the wider ACS membership. She ensures that members’ interests are promoted and that they have a high quality flow of information concerning policies, views and activities that may affect their operations. She also coordinates symposiums and other events which provide the latest intelligence regarding community care issues for ACS members.
Peta regularly liaises with key external agencies and other stakeholders as required. A significant part of her role is to provide input to aged care reform, policy and directions at both state and national levels.
Derek Dittrich – Residential Services and Retirement Living Manager
Derek is in the office every day.
Derek is responsible for ensuring that ACS member organisations, which provide residential and/or retirement living services, are provided with information, advice and other support in the conduct of their services. Liaison with individual members and ACS committees is an important part of this role. Another key aspect of Derek’s role is to participate in industry committees representing ACS and more broadly, at a national level – ACSA, advocating for the aged care and retirement living sectors. He also coordinates symposiums and other industry events which provide members with information and intelligence on matters that are topical for the sector.
Susantha Athurugiri – Learning and Development Manager
Susantha is usually in the office Monday to Thursday.
Susantha develops and manages the ACS training and events program, which is aimed at enhancing staff knowledge and capacity within the sector. He analyses and reviews sector needs to ensure that the program is constantly updated to meet the changing needs of the membership. Together with other staff members coordinates the ACS symposium program for members.
Philip Allan – Workforce Project Officer
Phil is usually in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Phil’s role includes management of workforce issues, policy analysis and development, and management of the ACS legislative update service. He works with the ACS Workforce Committee and undertakes policy work for the ACSA National Office.
Rosie Mangan – Sector Support and Development Officer
Rosie is usually in the office Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Rosie engages, collaborates and supports the Commonwealth Home Support Program (formerly Commonwealth HACC) sector, identifying need and addressing issues raised by the sector through input on policy and reform. Rosie’s role includes input into workforce issues including policy analysis and development whilst supporting the ACS Workforce Committee.
The main focus of the project is working with providers to improve their sustainability through increased strategic re-evaluation amidst challenges resulting from the reforms. The project is keen to explore innovative ideas around how this might be achieved including greater coordination of activities through formalised regional collaborations. As RRR Project Officer, Lesley travels extensively throughout country South Australia and remote Northern Territory. She summarises the initiatives that improve service delivery and advises other services who may be labouring under the changing reform, giving alternative ways of providing services or improving business practices in line with government requirements. She is directed by two reference groups who assist with the oversight of the project. The Reference Groups act as an important conduit to RRR providers ensuring a comprehensive appreciation of the issues and concerns as well as providing broad direction, advice and priority setting which are reflected in Lesley’s development of actions plans for work activities in South Australia and the Northern Territory. The project runs for 2½ years and the ultimate responsibility for the project rests with the ACS through its Board of Management and CEO.
Eileen King – Management Support Officer
Eileen is usually in the office Monday-Thursday.
Eileen has wide-ranging responsibilities, including assisting management with the development of member symposiums and seminars. She coordinates the running of industry educational symposiums/seminars and assists with other ACS special events the association runs on behalf of its membership. Eileen also provides secretariat support for the ACS Finance committee.
Gretta Koch – Communications Coordinator
Gretta is usually in the office Monday to Thursday.
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Gretta’s main role is to develop and maintain the internal and external communications tools of the organisation to the highest possible standard. She currently works with a national team to create, develop and launch new communications for Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA).
Gretta has a strong interest in workplace health and wellbeing, and organises the ACS Health & Wellbeing Symposium. She also coordinates other healthy workers initiatives on behalf of ACS including the WellBeing newsletter, and is developing and presenting resilience training for rural, regional and remote members.
Other aspects of Gretta’s role include providing ACS staff with editorial/design assistance as required, responding to member inquires and liaising with various external providers.
Vicky Kurbis – Finance Officer
Vicky is usually in the office every day except Wednesday. Email: email@example.com
Vicky manages all financial matters for the association.
Janette Bridger – Executive Assistant
Janette is usually in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Janette provides organisational and administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer which includes managing and maintaining diary appointments and the supervision of associated travel arrangements. As a member of the core business operations of the Association office, Janette liaises with staff regarding office administration to ensure smooth coordination of correspondence from and activities undertaken by the Chief Executive Officer. She is also responsible for coordinating Board meetings and the associated administration requirements. Janette is also involved in creating articles and other content for inclusion in the WellBeing Newsletter.
Joyleen Thomas – Manager, Better Practice Project
Joyleen is responsible for the overall management of the Better Practice Project and works closely with CHSP & State funded organisation to provide training and development initiatives. The goal is to strengthen person centred practice across the ageing and community care sector.
Dana Lavenant – Project Coordinator, BPP
Dana’s role is to work with organisations to tailor workshops to meet their learning requirements in keeping older people at the centre of their lives. Training and creating engaging sessions where staff, volunteers, carers and older people can broaden and build their capacity for imagining possibilities.
Vicki Smith – Project Officer, BPP
Vicki is in the office Monday–Thursday.
Vicki supports the Better Practice Project team by providing administrative support to ensure the continuity and reliability of BPP processes.
Ali Ayliffe – Project Coordinator, Better Practice Project
The Project Coordinator is a member of the BPP team and is involved in resource development and training to foster good practice in supporting older people and people with disabilities.