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Who we are
We are a leading not-for-profit organisation with a mission to provide older Victorians, their families and carers with a full range of quality community-based services and residential homes and apartments. To reflect our Anglican heritage and commitment to social justice, we contribute a social dividend which sees any profit reinvested into growing and expanding services and initiatives, including our dedicated research and advocacy agenda, which provides broader benefits to people within our communities.
We are proud to have:
A proud history
Benetas has been providing aged care services in Victoria for 70 years. Benetas was established in 1948 when a small group of volunteers from the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne responded to an urgent need to provide care and support to older Victorians.
Respect: We take the time to understand and value each person and respecting their choices
Responsibility: We act with integrity toward our clients, their families and carers, our supporters and the broader Anglican community
Community: We strive to build strong relationships and communities of interest among all stakeholders by working together in an open, involving way
Spirit: We build a positive, energetic culture dedicated to creating fulfilling life experiences for older people
Amalgamation with Macedon Ranges Health
Macedon Ranges Health, supported by Benetas, provides allied health, NDIS and community based services to the Macedon Ranges region and surrounding districts.
Benetas officially amalgamated with Macedon Ranges Health on 1 July 2017. Benetas and MRH share a vision of giving every person we care for a positive, fulfilling experience of ageing, and the opportunity to age well in communities of choice and support.
Read more about Macedon Ranges Health
We understand that adjusting to moving into an aged care home, accepting a care package in your own home, coping with illness and approaching the end of life can be challenging.
Benetas encourages all our staff and volunteers to bring a pastoral sensibility to their role, to listen to and be truly present to our clients. At times you might feel the need to speak to someone, so across our residential services Benetas’ specialist team of nondenominational Pastoral Care Practitioners are there to provide individualised and ongoing spiritual and emotional support.
The faith dimension
Across all of our services the faith dimension of a person’s life is supported through connections with denominational visitors and volunteer companions who foster an ongoing relationship with our clients’ chosen faith tradition and provide Church and Chaplaincy services.
Research and Opinion
At Benetas, we listen to the experiences of older Victorians, share their voices and strive to improve the wellbeing of all older Australians through advocacy and research.
We aim to produce research that can be used to improve aged care services and models of care. Findings are shared with the industry and government at all levels to help inform policy directions.
Dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion
Benetas is a purpose driven aged and community services organisation with a Christian and social justice heritage.
We are committed to supporting Diversity and Inclusion for both the people we serve and the people we engage throughout our services.
Meet our team
Sandra Hills OAM - Chief Executive Officer
MBA; GDipHumanServMgt; GCertHlthServR&E; BA (Psych and Soc)
Sandra Hills joined Benetas in 2009 with career experience in local and state government and the not-for-profit sector and has qualifications spanning nursing, psychology, research and business management.
Neil Fawcett - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
With extensive experience in a range of senior financial management roles across numerous industries, Neil brings a wealth of knowledge to the Benetas Executive Team.
Veronica Jamison- General Manager, Community Health and Care
MHRM; GradDipBus (Man), BA (Psych & PHL), FACHSM
Veronica joined Benetas in April 2019, with extensive experience in the aged care industry and over 30 years in the health and community services sector. She has proudly grown from humble beginnings to playing key roles in a number of organisations.
Nicola Reynolds - General Manager, Customer, Insights and Marketing
MBus; GDipInnovation and Entrepreneurship; BA
Nicola joined Benetas in February 2016, bringing with her more than 25 years’ experience in senior roles in business and marketing strategy, across aged care, higher education, public transport and data marketing sectors.
Samira Richards - General Manager, People, Culture and Diversity
BSc and PGDip (HRM)
Samira started at Benetas in January 2018, coming to us with over 20 years’ experience in management and leadership roles.
Dr Catherine Joyce - General Manager Quality, Outcomes and Research
BA(Hons); MPsych; GCert Higher Ed, PhD.
Catherine has been with Benetas since 2016, and has been General Manager of Quality, Outcomes and Research since June 2019. She was previously Manager of Research and Innovation at Benetas, and has worked in a range of research and policy roles in the academic, government, and not-for-profit sectors.
Bruce Webb - General Manager, Strategy, Infrastructure and Housing
Bruce has been with Benetas since 2011, and has been General Manager of Strategy, Infrastructure and Housing since August 2019.
He was previously in the role of Business Development Manager, playing an integral role in Benetas’ two major amalgamations with Grace Bruce and Macedon Ranges Health.
Verity Leith - General Manager, Residential Services
Cert (General Nursing); CritCareCERT; B(Ed)
Verity joined Benetas in September 2019, with extensive experience in executive management roles within the industry, including previous positions at Estia Health and Blue Cross as regional and executive manager, respectively.
Michael Urwin - Chairman
B.A. (Hons), Dip.Ed. (Melb), FACE
Former Brighton Grammar School Headmaster, Michael Urwin is an active member of the Anglican Church, a member of the Diocese of Melbourne Archbishop Council and is the Vicar’s Warden at his local parish, St Silas in Albert Park.
B.Comm, Cert. Actuarial Techniques (IFoA)
Helen has broad experience in investment management, superannuation and best-practice approaches to sustainability management and reporting.
FCPA, FFin, MAICD, MBA., BCom, GradDip(SIA), Cert IV TAA
Susan brings to Benetas a range of skills in risk and finance, and many years of experience in governance as a board member with Heritage Bank, as well as running risk management and training workshops with her business.
Dr Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh
Dip Appl Sci (Nursing), Renal Cert, BA, MA, PhD, RN
Dierdre is also the Director of the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care (ACEBAC) at La Trobe University.
M Pol Admin, Grad Dipl Business (health admin), Dipl Physio (UK)
Deborah Law is a specialist in service and workforce reform, currently working for the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, an independent think tank, focusing on the prevention of chronic disease.
Associate Professor Michael Murray AM
(M.B. B.S., MPH, FRACP, Clinical Associate Professor)
As the Divisional Medical Director of Continued Care, Head of Geriatric Medicine and Medical Lead of Patient Flow at Austin Health, Associate Professor Michael Murray brings to Benetas extensive experience in the health and aged care industry.
BTheol; DipMin; CertBowenFamSystems
The Venerable Helen Phillips is currently Vicar of Mornington and Mount Martha Anglican Church and Archdeacon of Frankston.
BCom, CA, GAICD
Sean Balding is currently the Chief Operating Officer of boutique insurer Eric Insurance, with over 30 years’ experience in financial consulting.
B.A Law, B.HIS&Classics,
Julia Pryor currently holds the role of General Manager of Risk, Superannuation and Investment Platforms at National Australia Bank (NAB). Ms Pryor brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board and broader organisation.
Reports & Publications
We regularly produce publications and documents such as strategic plans, annual reports, submissions to government reviews and more. Benetas representatives are also regularly invited to present at external conferences, sharing the experiences of our clients, families, staff and organisation with industry peers.
Below are some of our recent documents available for download.
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