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 Director, drawn from the ranks of Geelong's professional 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 palliative care is on quality of life, symptom management and comfort.

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Diana Taylor

Board Chair

Born and raised in Geelong, educated at Deakin University, Diana has blue and white running through her veins. She is a lawyer and business consultant who is company director and part owner of the Geelong-based CT Management Group. Diana became the first woman appointed president of the WRFL and the first woman to join the VFL tribunal. She was then chosen to become a director of the Geelong Football Club, a position she still holds today. Diana is also chair of the Anam Cara Geelong Foundation.

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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.

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Jennifer Cromarty

Director

Jennifer is the director of strategic communication consultancy tandemVox. She has worked in public relations since 1994 and has expertise in communication planning, project management, government relations, reputation management, policy development and digital strategy.

Jennifer graduated with distinction from RMIT with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and was made a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia in 2013. She sits on the boards of Barwon Health and the Barwon Sports Academy and is also a member of the Pivot Summit Inc Committee, IPAA Vic Geelong Advisory Committee and President of Creative Geelong Inc. Jennifer is the newly appointed CEO of the Committee for Geelong (March 2019) previous to this a director of strategic communication consultancy tandemVox.

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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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Kerry Dmytrenko

General Manager

Prior to being appointed General Manager Kerry was our Health Operations Manager. Kerry has been a Nurse for over 3 decades, a vast majority of these years have been spent caring for people with a life limiting illness.

Kerry trained at Geelong Hospital and has a number of Post Graduate Degrees including a Masters of Nursing – Palliative Care and Masters in Health Management. Kerry is also an endorsed Nurse Practitioner.

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Barry Fagg

Campaign Chair – New Anam Cara House Geelong, Project.

Kerry Dmytrenko

General Manager

Leonie Cairns
& Marian Barley

Community Outreach Nurses

Tessa Davis

Day Palliative Care Manager

Business Administration Manager

Vacant

Caroline O’Donnell

Quality, Safety and Risk Manager

Sue Reyment

OH&S Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator

Training Coordinator

Vacant

Julie Forte

Activities Coordinator

Jenny Reeves

Financial Administration Officer

Alana Whitten

Communications and Fundraising Manager

Brett Morris

Housekeeping

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 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. 

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 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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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

Ian Potter Foundation
Bisinella

O’Shannassy Family
Barry & Jan Fagg