MEET OUR STAFF

At Jimbelunga our staff care and that’s important. We provide a team of fully qualified and supportive medical, nursing, allied health and support professionals.

Set amongst 6 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, the Jimbelunga community is unique in its dedication and delivery of care to our residents in all aspects throughout the journey of ageing.

Our staff-to-resident ratios are among the best in country with a focus on providing specialised care, assistance in daily living and support.  These staff ratios include:

  • 1:6 mornings
  • 1:9 afternoons
  • 1:15 overnight

Our team provides around the clock nursing care and provides access to a wide range of allied health professionals. Our physiotherapists and podiatrists attend the centre weekly and psychology sessions are available as well as dental, speech pathologist, dieticians, occupational therapists, ophthalmology and audiology services.

Our people are what really makes Jimbelunga unique. From the moment you arrive you will experience the caring, friendly and professional atmosphere.

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Belinda Davies

Operations Manager | Aged Care

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Belinda Davies

Operations Manager | Aged Care

What do you love about your role?

Being able to contribute and ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive the best possible care in residential care. I love coming to work every day and seeing the positive changes in the residents as a direct result of great care. I love the feeling of love and laughter you get every time you walk through the door at Jimbelunga.

Who inspires you?

My Mum inspires me every day to take care of those who are unable to care or speak for themselves. She is the best nurse and advocate I know.

What prompted you to get into this industry?

I started in aged care when I was 14 as a personal care worker. When I finished my nursing degree I moved into the hospitals however I always stayed working in aged care at some capacity because I have always had a passion for aged care particularly in the areas of dementia and palliative care.  As a Wemba Wemba woman, I have always wanted to be able to make a difference in Aboriginal peoples’ health and lives. Working for ATSICHS Brisbane is the first time in my career I feel I’m able to truly contribute and use my experience, education and passion to make a positive difference for my people.

Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day?

Every day I believe I make a difference. Whether it is by working with others to increase services, assisting relatives and residents through the difficult transition of going into care, ensuring there is enough qualified staff to care for them, or simply having a dance or laugh with someone as I am walking down the hallways. Their smiles, hugs, thanks, happiness and improved health are all a daily reminder of the way in which anyone that walks through the door of Jimbelunga can make a difference to those that live here.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

When I’m not at work I enjoy time with my friends and family. I have three children who keep me busy.

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Renee Cole

Director of Nursing

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Renee Cole

Director of Nursing

What do you love about your role? 

All of it, the good and the bad. People find it rewarding if they are able to assist with bringing a new life into the world. I find it to be an honour to be a part of a person’s life in the end. Getting to know them, their story, their family and friends and allowing people to have a dignified and respectful death. Residential care is about caring holistically for a person, being vulnerable as those you care for can also be. Being able to assist and guide the staff to make good clinical decisions based on best practice.

Who inspires you? 

I cannot name only one person or thing, there are many people who inspire me every day. My mother, my family, staff and residents of ATSICHS, our beautiful country… the list is endless.

What prompted you to get into this industry?

I am a caring person, I decided that working in residential care, I can make a difference. The residents are more than just a passing face that I would normally meet in the acute sector. I would like to feel that my time in a resident’s life no matter how long or short has had a purpose or positivity to them and their families. Having a connection with Indigenous people that are genuine, respecting culture and tradition is important.

Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day?

Having a resident come and sit in my office as they were feeling a little down, listening to them, sharing words and a gentle touch on their hand makes them feel that we care for them. That resident then told me a joke, stood up and thanked me and went about her day. (It’s the small things in life that can make the world of difference).

What are your hobbies outside of work?

My four children and grandson keep me busy. I love listening to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach, sewing and watching my daughter dance. I also love going to the movies.

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Teena Thomas

Clinical Manager

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Teena Thomas

Clinical Manager

What do you love about your role?

My role is to provide clinical support to the staff and mentor the staff new to the aged care industry to achieve the high standards of care to our residents that also meets best practice and in return, I receive love and recognition from my residents and staff.


Who inspires you?

Mother Teresa


What prompted you to get into this industry?

Working in aged care is like being with my family. This is my home away from home.


Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day?

Every single day is different in an aged care and bringing a smile on the residents’ face makes my day.


What are your hobbies outside of work?

Reading and spending time with my two kids.

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Lyle Weise

Environmental Services Manager

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Lyle Weise

Environmental Services Manager

What do you love about your role?

I love that I’m doing something positive and rewarding every single day.

Who inspires you?

My father.

What prompted you to get into this industry?

I moved into aged care because I thought I could make a difference in people’s lives.

Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day?

I had only been at Jimbelunga for two weeks when I was introduced to a beautiful resident.  During the course of our conversation, I discovered that she was feeling down.  But as we continued to talk and discuss where she grew up and her life growing up, she began to smile and laugh. After I left the room I was told that this lady promptly got dressed and joined in a group activity.  

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Mystery 4WD drives, golf, the beach.

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Sandra Eastwood

Lifestyles and Activities Coordinator

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Sandra Eastwood

Lifestyles and Activities Coordinator

What do you love about your role?

Putting a smile on a residents’ face and helping them to live their life to the best they can.

Who inspires you?

My family inspired me from a very young age to work in aged care, looking after people.

What prompted you to get into this industry?

I was an Enrolled Nurse for many years, working in aged care. I often helped the Diversional Therapist and I liked that side of aged care and decided that it was something that I would like to do.

Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day? 

I have lots that I could share. A special time that I think is special, a resident had had a stroke before coming to Jimbelunga and she was upset that she couldn’t knit or crochet anymore. I told the resident that I would help her to relearn how to knit and crochet. After sitting and showing her how to do these she slowly started and she was so excited to think she could knit and crochet again. She made some mistakes to start with but she practised. Now she sells her finished items and over the past few years she has entered items in the Beenleigh Show and has been rewarded with a prize. This resident tells everyone that I helped her to knit again. Making people happy and for them to enjoy life, makes me happy.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Spending time family (being a Nan), reading.

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Sharen Suman

Clinical Support Officer

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Sharen Suman

Clinical Support Officer

What do you love about your role?

The diversity that it involves. It means that I don’t’ do the same thing every day and has allowed me to meet many different people within the facility and the entire organisation.

Who inspires you?

My parents, as Italian immigrants they paved the way for my life here in Australia.

What prompted you to get into this industry?

I started in the industry 27 years ago when I did two weeks work experience in a small facility for school in NSW. I loved it so much I have made a career out of it.

Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day?

When I spend 1:1 time with them, so they feel special.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Fan of the Brisbane Broncos since 1988, love having coffee and catch up with my friends, spending time with my family.

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Melinda Woloschyn

Receptionist

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Melinda Woloschyn

Receptionist

What do you love about your role?

Talking to everyone.

Who inspires you?

My Husband, for all that he does for myself and our family.

What prompted you to get into this industry?

I always wanted to nurse, to help and give back. I have 14 years’ experience in aged care.

Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day?

When a resident comes to admin and either needs to talk or needs something and I can help them.

What are your hobbies outside of work? 

Cake decorating

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Kevin Brown

Head Chef

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Kevin Brown

Head Chef

What do you love about your role? 

Being able to put a smile on our residents face, plus giving them well-balanced and nutritious meals which they can enjoy.

Who inspires you? 

Firstly my family, then residents and staff at Jimbelunga.

What prompted you to get into this industry? 

My first job interview after leaving school at the age of 16 was in hospitality. After completing my apprenticeship I have worked in a variety of places but for the past 17 years, I have worked in aged care sector as it gives me a great work-life balance.

Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day? 

I believe interaction with residents is very important.  Being able to share stories with them and more importantly listen to them, being able to smile, joke and laugh always makes you go home knowing you had a great day.

What are your hobbies outside of work? 

Family, movies, walking to keep healthy.

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Bradley Hearn

Groundsman

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Bradley Hearn

Groundsman

What do you love about your role?

I get a lot of job satisfaction because of the feedback I receive from the residents and staff and visitors.

What prompted you to get into this industry?

After 42 years in the bowling club industry, as a greenkeeper, I was looking for something a little different. My brother and my nephew both work for ATSICHS Brisbane and enjoy their work, so I thought I would apply for a job.

Share a moment when you made a difference to a resident’s day?

Just finding the time to stop and have a chat with residents and sometimes explaining what I am doing seems to make their day.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I love playing my guitar, I like to travel, bushwalk,  going to the Sunday markets with my sisters and cousin, spending time at home with my family and my fur babies, two cats and a dog and also the movies.

Work for us

Would you like to join our dedicated team of professionals at Jimbelunga Nursing Centre?

We employ a diverse range of clinical and non-clinical staff across our nursing centre in nursing, medical, allied health, administration and support services.

To enquire about job vacancies at Jimbelunga Nursing Centre email our People and Culture team at peopleandculture@atsichsbrisbane.org.au or phone 3240 8900.