I love the friendly atmosphere at Queen Victoria Care. All residents and staff feel at home, and it is such a welcoming environment. There is such a rich history here that we are all a part of. I am very passionate about working in the aged care industry for the past 25 years, and Queen Victoria Care only helps grow that passion further.
I am proud to have been part of the Aged Care industry since 1998 and have accumulated a wealth of knowledge over this time and as an operational manager in hotel services. My background is that of a chef and I am accustomed to working with both large organizations and smaller ones. I have always had a passion for food and the environment that the ones in my care reside. I love working as part of a committed team to provide quality service and care and to promote Queen Victoria Care at every opportunity.
I get to work with a team of dedicated professionals who want to enrich the lives of the vulnerable within our community and incorporate the best high-quality care and services that each person deserves. I value QVCare is very inclusive and has a supportive nature and structure and is not afraid to embrace change and considers each change as an opportunity to be creative and atypical to the norm. I am privileged that QVCare has accepted me into the family and has given me an incredible opportunity to increase my knowledge and widen my skillset to be able to continue to achieve my professional career path goals and share those aspirations with QVCare family.
I was born in Tasmania and grew up in Hobart. I am married with two children (daughter and son). I have four grandchildren. From a young age I have always had a passion to support and advocate those in the community that are vulnerable and are not confident to speak up for themselves. I love socialising with family and friends and experiencing the taste of all different favours of food. I love the nature and like going hiking when I can. I also love travelling and I have been fortunate to be able to travel across several countries and continents. Mostly Australasia and Asian. I love music (all sought) and gardening. One of my hobbies is showing my indoor and outdoor plants at garden/flower shows.
Most of my career has been within the Health Sector. With Aged Care being the predominate industry. I started in Aged Care in the early 1990’s. My first role was in the catering services then I expanded my career path to an Extended Care Assistance. In the early 2000’s I was seconded to work at the Health and Community Service Union for a 3-month period. Within that time, I applied for a vacant position as an industrial organiser and was successful in the appointment. Within my role, I advocated and represented union members. Also, during my appointment as an industrial organiser, I had an opportunity to further my career by undertaking additional education in a train the trainer course and completed several other courses including a diploma in Leadership and Management. In mid-2016, I decided I needed a change from Industrial Relations and returned into Aged Care with a goal to do more proactive work.
Entering back into Aged Care, I commenced my position as a Training and Continuous Improvement Officer. Over a course of 7 years, I increased my skills and knowledge to become a Quality and Compliance Officer, then the Quality and Compliance Manager. Over the past two years, I have been working towards achieving my career further by re-enrolling in another diploma based on Governance, Quality, Compliance and Risk which I have almost achieved completions.
Michael was born in Tasmania, from a young age Michael studied in the Arts, with Music as his main focus. He went on to study a Bachelor or Arts at the Tasmanian Conservatorium and wrote a thesis on the"Related Arts" and their therapeutic benefits for individuals.
Michael also studied textiles, which is a great passion of his, he was awarded a Craft Australia Study Grant and travelled to Europe with wonderful opportunities at hand to design and exhibit for companies in the UK, Italy and France.
For the past nine years Michael has been working in the Age Care Sector as a Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator and Manager which he finds very rewarding, Michael enjoys creating a platform that promotes the wellbeing of individuals through the holistic approach using therapeutic techniques. He believes his life experiences have led him to this path, where sharing knowledge and giving individuals the opportunity to express themselves is something everyone deserves no matter how old you are!
Michael has a passion and expertise for the development and implementation of Dementia Specific Programs play a vital role in supporting self-expression. “It should always be about the client”. As Michaels background is Therapy based, he works on Sensory related projects with the aim of promoting interaction and self-esteem, as a result he has experienced many positive outcomes in the Dementia space both with individuals and groups.
I love that QVCare always feels like home. We are a community that supports each other in any way possible.
I started in Aged Care back in 2017 as an Administration Assistant at a little facility in Sandy Bay, then moving into the HR space in 2019, developing and growing my skills in the HR space since then.
During my time in the Aged Care Industry I’ve: Assisted in rolling out the Aged Care Quality Standards in 2019. Completed Cert 4 in Business. Found a passion for recruitment, making sure we find the right person for the job. I want to make sure all staff are given the right training for their roles and feel supported in every way that I can.
I am thrilled to officially become a part of Queen Victoria Care. I am genuinely fond of the wonderful culture and the friendly staff that I have encountered here.
Just a little bit about me, before relocating to Tasmania six years ago, I had accumulated seven years of valuable experience in Auditing in Vietnam. Initially, my intention was solely to pursue my Master's degree at UTAS; however, I quickly became captivated by the natural beauty and unique charm of this state. As fate would have it, I seized an opportunity in the Aged Care industry and have been actively involved since 2020.
Recognizing that Queen Victoria Care has faced its fair share of challenges, I am confident that the new management structure in place will fuel our evolution and contribute to creating an even better organization. I am genuinely excited about the prospect of collaborating with all of you as we work towards achieving our shared objectives