Our team are passionate about helping older people to live safely and happily in their homes. From our Assistants in Nursing in the field to our administration staff in the office, Home Nursing Group is supported by a team of people who work hard to offer genuine care. Get to know the Home Nursing Group team!
Home Nursing Group (HNG) was established in 1985, and since 2010 has been owned by Gorm Kirsch, an experienced Aged Care Executive. Gorm has a genuine love, respect and belief to look after older people in our lives and within the community.
Gorm has more than 25 years of experience in health care management, finance and policy, gained in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America from positions with both private and public organisations, including the UK National Health Service, the World Health organisation, Macquarie Bank and B&B Communities/Primelife.
Since 2002, Gorm has worked exclusively in the Australian Aged Care industry. From 2003 – 2006, Gorm ran the then largest for-profit nursing home business in Australia, which lead to the successful turnaround and sale of the business.
Gorm has extensive experience relating to Aged Care in both the community and residential settings, and community nursing in general. With his background in both the public and private sectors, as well as both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, he is well placed to appreciate and advise on the issues facing the community nursing industry.
Our 120+ staff serve over 2,000 elderly clients in the New England and Mid-North Coast regions. Gorm leads Home Nursing Group to deliver quality care, and the local business accomplishes this by hiring the best people; it’s about having the right people in your home doing what you want, the way you want.
Providing Home Care is not just about providing a service, it’s about bringing love and life to someone’s home.
Peta is the Care Manager of the New England Area directly managing the Registered Nurses, Care and Support Coordinators, Team Leaders, RAS Assessors, Allied Health workers, and the Jacaranda Social Club in Armidale. Peta coordinates the clinical training for care staff including annual competencies so that standards are maintained by staff to deliver a diverse range of services to clients.
Peta has worked as a Registered Nurse in a number of settings including general practice, Aboriginal health and community care. She is also a Diabetes Educator and accredited immuniser with an extensive background of primary health care before joining Home Nursing Group in 2015. Aged Care has quickly become one of her passions.
Peta, along with her team, delivers exceptional care to clients in their home with emphasis on the personal touch that local Care and Support Coordinators can provide to clients, carers and family members.
Peta and her family live locally. She is community-minded and understands the need for aged care services in rural areas and the adversity that is faced by clients to access health related appointments.
Andrea joined HNG in December 2015 in an administration support role. Andrea has worked many areas of the business including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll & Business Analysis and is currently the Finance Manager.
With over 15 years’ experience across finance, contract administration & customer service in a number of industries, over this time Andrea has been responsible for the management of both project based and business financial reporting as well as managing the continued delivery of quality products and services to customers.
With a keen interest in continuous improvement and the combination of finance and customer service skills, Andrea has been involved in the development and implementation of new tools and processes to support efficient and thorough finance processes with the aim to enable the continued delivery of quality care to our clients.
Joining Home Nursing Group in 2018, Kellie is a strong and confident administrator, who has managed both small and large teams from front of office to state wide liaison.
Aged Care is a new industry for Kellie, coming predominately from construction, she enjoys the challenge of learning new things and conveys this through daily interaction with colleagues and staff to gain an understanding of how best to support them in their roles.
Having worked in an assortment of roles from receptionist, team leader, office manager and high level executive assistant in both corporate offices and on construction sites, Kellie has worked for project builders, global conglomerates and everything in between, utilising her skills to bridge gaps in knowledge and geographic locations.
As Human Resources Manager for HNG, Kellie brings years of experience to the business with her knowledge of industrial and employment relations along with an understanding of work health and safety.
With this exposure, Kellie has a varied degree of awareness of the intricacies and complexities of human resources and brings to HNG the strategic expertise that is beneficial both to the employees and the business.
Kellie’s vision for her role and contribution to HNG is both personal and professional, to make HNG the best and fairest employer of choice and ensure all employees are productive, safe and rewarded for their efforts. Looking after the staff will lead to them looking after the clients.
Cheryl Constance has been with Home Nursing Group (HNG) since 2015 and brings with her over 20 years of experience in medical, surgical and perioperative nursing. Cheryl has extensive experience with staff management, clinical governance, quality in health care, and the delivery and management of education programs.
As Quality and Safety Manager at Home Nursing Group, Cheryl is responsible for all HNG clinical operations, implementing high standards of nursing care and ensuring practices meet all relevant industry benchmarks. Cheryl finds one of the most rewarding aspects of her role is assisting people to reach their full potential, whether they are staff achieving career goals, or clients achieving their ambitions of staying in their home and living life to the fullest.
Prior to her role with Home Nursing Group, Cheryl was the Operative Theatre Manager at Armidale Private Hospital for 12 years. In addition to ensuring the efficient management of a busy unit, her work with the hospital’s Quality Programme contributed to some excellent results for the hospital under the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) accreditation framework.
In 2011 Cheryl was nominated for the Ramsay Health Care ‘Clinical Leader of the Year’ and was ranked in the top three finalists. Cheryl continues to excel in clinical management and leadership here at HNG, with her sound management practices and principles, to deliver the highest quality of care to our customers.
Home Nursing Group welcomed Jo to the team in August 2014 to manage the healthcare software used within the organisation.
In September 2017, Jo lead the implementation of an organisation wide mobile application used by our Care Staff. This was a major positive shift within HNG and both the mobile app and healthcare software Jo has worked on, have allowed the business to operate more efficiently whilst continuing to deliver exceptional care to our clients.
Jo’s background is in finance and administration within the primary healthcare sector.
Now leading the HNG Business Team as Chief Business Officer, which includes the functions of Finance, Office and Asset Management, Information Technology and Communications and Digital Innovation. The team supports the entire business and work towards assisting the business to operate effectively and efficiently in the competitive home care market.
Jo enjoys the challenges to adapt as the age care industry continues to change and supports the team at HNG to assist out clients to remain in their own home for as long as possible.
Armidale is Jo’s home town, and together with her husband they enjoy all that the New England Tablelands has to offer. Jo also enjoys travelling to visit her children and the growing number of grandchildren.
Nicole is a Registered Nurse who joined Home Nursing Group in March 2017.
She has a background in community nursing where she has spent over 20 years providing care to the elderly community, with special interest in providing care to people with dementia and their carers, and chronic disease management of the elderly.
Nicole has worked in community care, palliative care and wound management in Brisbane, and in dementia and general community care in Port Macquarie, as well as specialist rooms, and Meals on Wheels.
Nicole has worked within the Port Macquarie, Taree and Coffs Harbour community for many years and has built up a wealth of local knowledge about what issues the Aged Care community face in the region.
Nicole is excited to be part of HNG and in particular the Mid North Coast team, to coordinate the dedicated field staff in delivering exceptional care to clients in their home. She continues to be amazed by the office support team who are highly experienced with helping people to navigate the world of Home Care.
Brad Cann has spent 20 years in IT occupying positions mostly in rural and remote parts of Australia, supporting as many as 300 users on site. He has worked in a wide variety of industries including mining, engineering, accounting, dental and various medical sectors.
Brad is now the ICTO and looks after all our Servers, Desktops, Mobile phone fleet and anything requiring electricity, as well as supporting our staff of 130 across 5 separate sites.
Brad has moved down from sunny Queensland with his wife and 3 children. Outside of work, Brad enjoys cruising on boats for holidays and has a love of all things science and technology.
Katinka’s passion for customer service started 20 years ago when working at the Box Office at the Sydney Opera House. She has since gained extensive experience in managing the Box Office Department for the Sydney Theatre Company, the Belvoir St Theatre and finally at the Sydney Festival.
In 2014, Katinka relocated to the New England region for love, a tree change, and a chance to establish a better work/life balance, which she feels she has successfully accomplished.
Katinka started out at Home Nursing Group (HNG) organising the field staff rosters for the Armidale region, and over the past few years developed her skills and knowledge to include the Aged Care industry, and was promoted to Customer Service Manager of the Intake and Scheduling teams.
Katinka loves working at HNG as she enjoys being able to help clients maintain their independence and remain in their own home.