Our People.

The volunteers at Anam Cara House Geelong are our gold. From all walks of life, they fulfil many roles including Office & Administration, Day and Overnight Palliative Care, Housekeeping, End-of-life Care and Transport.

Anam Cara House Geelong is governed by the voluntary Board of Directors, drawn from the ranks of Geelong's professional associations.

The large volunteer base at Anam Cara House Geelong complement the Directors and professional staff by undertaking a wide range of duties – from general administration and housekeeping to fundraising and companionship for guests. The Board provides legal, financial and marketing expertise to lead our not-for-profit organisation in the fulfilment of its mission, and our professional staff provide excellence in administrative support and person-centred palliative care.

The focus of person-centred palliative care is on quality of life, symptom management and comfort.

Diana Taylor

Board Chair

Diana has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, director, business owner and consultant.

Diana completed her law degree at Deakin University and now operates her own business, Diana Taylor Legal Consulting, specialising in workplace relations, training, sport, strategic planning and governance.

Diana has over 22 years’ experience in Australian Rules Football administration. Diana became the first female president of a men’s AFL metropolitan football league, the Western Region Football League, and was the first woman appointed to the VFL Tribunal. In 2010, Diana became a director of the Geelong Football Club and in December 2019 was appointed as the Club’s Vice President.

Diana also has extensive board experience and is the chair of the State Government entities GOTAFE and the Geelong Authority. Diana is also a trustee on the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, a Deakin University Law Advisory Board member and a member of the AFLW Competition Committee.

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Robert Threlfall

Board Deputy Chair

Rob is a highly skilled executive with over 20 years senior experience in finance management, business strategy & planning, HR, governance and infrastructure funding and delivery. Rob is a CPA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rob recently left the Geelong Cats after 15 years and now runs his own consulting business – AQtive Business Consulting.

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Colin Edmondstone

Finance Director

Colin is Finance Director of Sapphire Holdings Group Pty Ltd & Sapphire Care Pty Ltd. Colin has a Graduate Diploma of Business Studies (Accounting) & a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accounts & Chartered member of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Jennifer Cromarty

Director

As the CEO of the Committee for Geelong since 2019, Jennifer has led advocacy and policy priorities on behalf of members and developed strong, collaborative relationships with government and key stakeholders.

 

Jennifer’s career has included significant policy and program development for local, State and Federal governments and has advised commercial and not for profit organisations on strategic government relations. This included a stint as the Deputy Executive Director for the Australian Retailers Association.

 

In 2015, Jennifer founded not for profit, Creative Geelong Inc with the aim to promote and support the local creative industries sector. She is a Board Director of community hospice Anam Cara House Geelong, is a member of the Barwon Regional Partnership and is Chair of the VRCLP Secretariat which oversees the management of nine regional community leadership programs across the state. In 2013 she was recognised as a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

 

Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Jennifer’s family moved to Geelong, where she grew up in the CBD. Jennifer is married with two adult daughters and is a dedicated Geelong Cats fan.

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Dr Frank Scheelings

Director

Dr Frank Scheelings is a Geelong based medical practitioner in private practice. He is a member of the Medicare Local GP Alliance- Palliative Care BSW.

Aaron Shrimpton

Director

Aaron is a lawyer working in the areas of planning, environment and local government at Harwood Andrews. His role involves advising statutory and private clients in statutory and strategic planning matters, as well as appearing as an advocate before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. His particular areas of interest include planning agreements, heritage planning and administrative law.

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Dr Sarah Leach

Director

Dr Sarah Leach is a highly-respected and experienced leader in the health services industry. Her experience in management and consultancy in healthcare, community and welfare services has spanned over 30 years across Victoria, and particularly in the Barwon South-Western region in Victoria.

She has held senior roles in nursing, health and community sector service management and service development, health and business consultancy, and health sector education. She has also held extensive board and committee membership positions in both the health and community sectors. Currently, Sarah is a Board Director of Western Alliance, the Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre, and Active Geelong Limited

Jimmy Buck

Director

Jimmy is Chief Advancement Officer at Deakin University with experience leading higher education and medical philanthropy programs. Jimmy is a Regional Council Member and Laureate of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Deakin University Community Bank and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Boston University); Master of International Studies (University of Sydney); Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics (Deakin University)

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Adrian Hart

Foundation CEO (temp)

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Barry Fagg

Campaign Chair – New Anam Cara House Geelong, Project.

Adrian Hart

Foundation CEO (temp)

Caroline O'Donnell

Quality, Safety and Risk Manager

Marian Barley

Community Outreach Nurse

Brett Morris

Housekeeping

Chris Hudgell

Finance and Operations Manager

Kerry Dmytrenko

Director of Clinical Services

Jenny Reeves

Financial Administration Officer

Tessa Davis

Day Palliative Care Manager

Philanthropic Fundraising Manager

Vacant

Rosie White

Training Coordinator

Alana Whitten

Communications and Fundraising Manager

Julie Forte

Activities Coordinator

Sue Reyment

Facilities and Administration Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Vacant

Our Volunteers

Anam Cara Geelong is reliant on a team of volunteers from all walks of life. The volunteers at Anam Cara Geelong are our GOLD.

Volunteers fulfil many roles, including Office & Administration, Day and Overnight Palliative Care, Housekeeping, End-of-life Care and Transport.

We provide all volunteers with a 12 module training course delivered over 5 weeks; it is a Palliative Care Victoria endorsed training package to equip volunteers with the necessary skills and information required to for their volunteer role at Anam Cara House Geelong. A Certificate of Completion is awarded to each participant.

Please call us Monday to Thursday between 9am and 3pm on (03) 5222 5831 or email v.coordinator@achg.org.au

Having a choice is what the people of Geelong deserve.
Our guests are given dignity and the highest-level of comfort and care when it matters most.

Our Supporters

Anam Cara House Geelong is so thankful to the corporates, trusts and families who contribute financially and/or with their time to our not-for-profit organisation.

To be able to deliver our critical palliative care services now and in the future, we are heavily reliant on support from the people, businesses and organisations of Geelong. There are a range of ways you can support and partner Anam Cara House Geelong including financial gifts, in kind goods or services, volunteering and promotion of our not-for-profit organisation. 

Our Supporters

Anam Cara House Geelong is so thankful to the corporates, trusts and families who contribute financially and/or with their time to our not-for-profit organisation.

To be able to deliver our critical palliative care services now and in the future, we are 100% reliant on support from the people, businesses and organisations of Geelong. There are a range of ways you can support and partner Anam Cara House Geelong including financial gifts, in kind goods or services, volunteering and promotion of our not-for-profit organisation. 

Who we are

Anam Cara House Geelong is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing person-centred care for people living with a life-limiting illness. Support is extended to families and carers.

How you can help

Anam Cara House Geelong is reliant on a team of volunteers, donations, business and community partnerships, and other forms of support. Learn more about how you can help Anam Cara House Geelong.

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Who we are​
Anam Cara House Geelong is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing care for people affected by life-limiting illness. Support is extended to families and carers.​
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How you can help​
Anam Cara House Geelong is reliant on a team of volunteers from all walks of life, donations, business community partnerships and other support. Learn more about how you can help Anam Cara House Geelong.
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News
Keep up to date with what’s happening at Anam Cara House Geelong, including the progress of our exciting new home opening late 2022!
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Proudly supported by

Howard Glover Trust

Deakin University

Brian and Jennifer O'Shannassy & Family

Lino and Marina Bisinella & Family

Frank and Shirley Costa & Family

Ian Potter Foundation

Barry & Jan Fagg

GMHBA

City of Greater Geelong