Working With Us

Working With Us

 

Our staff have helped make Brightwater Care group a leader in aged and disability care in Western Australia since 1901. We’re proud of our reputation for providing quality and personalised care to our residents and clients. 

If you share our values of care, learning, innovation and people, please consider joining our amazing team. We offer fulfilling careers and flexible employment options.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read what our staff have to say about working for Brightwater.

 

 

Wendy, Coordinator of Volunteer Services

Wendy, Coordinator of Volunteer Services

In a nice turn of events, Brightwater’s Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Wendy Delahoy-Bianchi, joined Brightwater 14 years ago as a volunteer.

Her employment began as a six week stint as a therapy assistant at our Madeley residential aged care site, which turned into a nine year posting. She then accepted a 12 month secondment to develop Brightwater At home services volunteer program, and was later appointed as our volunteer coordinator.
“I love the people at Brightwater – particularly the residents and clients and their inspiring life stories,” said Wendy.
“I also appreciate the flexible and supportive workplace, and the excellent training available to staff.”

James, Multi-skilled Disability Support Worker

James, Multi-skilled Disability Support Worker

James Blaye says empowering residents to reach their goals is one of the most satisfying aspects of his role as a multi-skilled disability support worker and lifestyle coordinator at our Marangaroo site.

“I feel like I’m making a difference in my interaction with residents. Every day I help residents identify what they can do for themselves. I might help them with personal grooming or accompany them to an appointment,” said James.
    “It is very rewarding to see an improvement in a resident’s condition, or to hear their laughter,” he said.
      “There is a lot of mutual respect and support between staff at Brightwater, and we have clear policies, procedures and guidelines that make our job easier.
      “We also have good access to training, for example cultural awareness training, that’s important in our workplace,” said James.

      Stephen, Administration Assistant

      Stephen, Administration Assistant

      Stephen Gwilliams is Brightwater At Home – Currambine’s administration assistant, with responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of client funding and accounts.

      Originally from Liverpool in the UK, Stephen has a varied background, which includes starting a jockey apprenticeship, completing a media production degree, and playing in a band. He says Brightwater is a positive and multicultural workplace, with great management.
      “I felt like I fitted in as soon as I started at Brightwater. Everyone is friendly and always keen to help each other out,” said Stephen.

      Marysia, Registered Nurse

      Marysia, Registered Nurse

      When Marysia Misan took her first look at Brightwater’s Kingsley residential aged care facility, she knew Brightwater was where she wanted to work.

      Seventeen years later, and now working at the Madeley site, the registered nurse hasn’t lost the passion for her job.
      “After emigrating from Poland, my first job interview in Western Australia was at Brightwater and my first impression was the lovely home environment of the facility and the warm welcome I received from staff,” she said.
      Marysia divides her time between nursing duties and on-site training, which includes Foodsafe, medication competency, dysphagia and fire and emergency training, as well as new staff orientation. She also coordinates Madeley’s respite admissions as well as the palliative care and vaccination portfolios.
      “I highly recommend Brightwater as an employer. Staff are given good support and training, and if you’re a loving, caring person, then a nursing role at Brightwater is a great career choice,” she said.

      Belinda, Social Worker

      Belinda, Social Worker

      Belinda Veary is a social worker at our Brightwater Oats Street rehabilitation facility for people who have experienced an acquired brain injury (ABI).

      Her role is to provide a broad range of practical and emotional assistance to clients and their families. This includes providing information, support and advocacy about navigating the ‘system’, finances, decision-making matters, funding, access to services and emotional adjustment.
      “I was attracted to the particular nature of the social worker role, but I also appreciated that Brightwater’s organisational values are well-matched to my own personal values,” said Belinda.
      “We have a positive, pro-active and uplifting work culture at Oats Street and our team is passionate, supportive and collaborative. That is really great for our clients as it supports their rehabilitation process.”

      Maureen, Administration Assistant

      Maureen, Administration Assistant

      Maureen Dixon has been part of the Brightwater team for 25 years, starting as a carer before becoming an administration assistant at Joondalup residential aged care. Her duties include rostering, ordering, conducting audits, preparing for accreditation and supporting staff. She also enjoys liaising with residents’ families.

      “I feel passionate about supporting our residents, particularly those with dementia who aren’t always able to advocate for themselves. The working environment at Brightwater is team focussed, and the supervisors and staff will always go the extra mile for each other,” says Maureen.

      Nicky, Senior Psychologist

      Nicky, Senior Psychologist

      Originally from Newcastle in the UK, senior clinical psychologist Dr Nicky Brosnan said she quickly felt part of the team when she joined Brightwater’s Oats St rehabilitation service. “My role involves working with clients and their families to help establish their needs and hopes for the future. I also attend team meetings and reviews,” said Nicky.

      “I value the opportunity to do presentations on acquired brain injury (ABI), for example to the NDIS and the University of Western Australia,” she said.

      “The Oats St team is fabulous – everyone is friendly and respectful, and our ideas and thoughts are listened to by management.”

      Tim, Manager Disability Accommodation Services

      Tim, Manager Disability Accommodation Services

      Manager of disability accommodation services, Tim Lo, says Brightwater has provided him with rewarding career opportunities as well as amazing friendships. With a background in occupational therapy, Tim worked in Singapore and WA’s South-West before joining Brightwater. He started as the care manager for our Ellison, Marangaroo, Manning, Maylands and Balcatta sites in 2008.

      His next role was allied health consultant, then operations manager for disability services, before being appointed manager of disability accommodation services. He leads and manages the team that looks after supported accommodation across Brightwater.“As well as managing staff and resources, I’m responsible for ensuring the financial viability of sites and support services, especially during the transition to NDIS,” Tim said.

      “My other projects include exploring a new disability accommodation model with a housing provider and working with the Mental Health Commission to provide supported accommodation for people with psychosocial disabilities.”

      Tim says his job is very dynamic, particularly given the current changes in the disability sector, but the absolute highlight is working with committed and passionate colleagues. “We have an inclusive, collaborative and accountable workplace culture, and our staff always focus on what’s best for the client,” he said.

      Tracy, Client Coordinator, Brightwater At Home – South

      Tracy, Client Coordinator, Brightwater At Home – South

      Tracy Mackintosh says liking people and problem solving have been the keys to her success as the client coordinator of home care packages for our Brightwater At Home South Office. Tracy says her previous work managing tenancies and clients in the social housing sector provided her with strong transferrable skills to managing services and clients in her current role.

      “An important part of my role is undertaking client reviews and determining if extra services are needed. I like how my role is varied and there is a need to be flexible,” she said. Tracy said her manager and colleagues had made her feel welcome and supported since she joined the Brightwater At Home team. “I love what I do and I highly recommend Brightwater as an employer.”

      Wendy, Community Integration Coordinator, Oats Street

      Wendy, Community Integration Coordinator, Oats Street

      With her employment spanning 26 years’, Wendy Foote is one of the original staff members from our Oats St disability service. The community integration coordinator, Wendy supports clients as they progress through their rehabilitation.

      She prepares applications to the Housing Authority and the Disability Services Commission and liaises with these and other agencies during the client discharge process.

      “Brightwater offers a flexible and friendly workplace, where open, two-way communication is encouraged,” said Wendy. “I really enjoy working with people with acquired brain injury (ABI). I’m conscious that at any given moment, it could happen to any one of us.”

      Zain, Occupational Therapist, Brightwater at Home

      Zain, Occupational Therapist, Brightwater at Home

      Zain Tan says you can’t get more variety as an occupational therapist than that offered by Brightwater At Home. This service provides a wide range of practical support to clients to help them to continue to live at home.

      “It’s not like working in a hospital or even a disability care facility, with Brightwater At Home you get to see the whole spectrum of a client’s recovery process,” said Zain. “I work with a wide variety of clients and I also liaise closely with their families,” he said.

      “I enjoy the one-on-one contact with clients and the opportunity to see the full progress of their rehabilitation. “We have a cohesive team of allied health professionals and we support each other well. It’s great to work with like-minded people.”

      Zain’s role involves assessing a client’s physical capacity and their home environment and then trying to eliminate any mismatch between the two. For example, it could involve addressing shower or kitchen access issues by offering the client physical training, securing equipment and/or arranging home modifications.

      He also monitors the progress of his clients and investigates further funding opportunities for them. “I’m all about problem-solving, reassuring my clients and managing unreasonable fear. Truthful communication with clients and their families is essential. I always try and be cheerful and non-judgemental in my interaction with clients, and they seem to appreciate that.”

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