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ABOUT US 2020-02-21T03:56:26+00:00

About Us

Celebrating 14 years of service

Our Story

Delivering quality care since 2006

Our founder, Damon Ashton started in the healthcare industry in 1993 managing group homes for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (formerly the Spastic Centre of NSW). He progressed to management positions within the industry but soon became frustrated with the low levels of compassion and service delivery from many providers. In 2006 Damon made the decision to change how care was being administered to our most vulnerable members of the community – People with disabilities, frail and aged and those with acquired and often lifelong injuries.

Care1 has quickly grown to employ a professional and reliable team of disability services workers and nursing staff, providing a high level of care to the community for over ten years.
Get to know our team

Our Team

Get to know our team

Damon

Director Client Relations

Damon is the founder and Managing Director of Care1. Damon originally commenced his career in the healthcare sector while studying in 1992. Damon enjoyed long associations with The Cerebral Palsy Alliance (formerly the Spastic Centre of NSW), The Australian Quadriplegic Association and the Home Care Service of NSW. These incredible organisations introduced him to some amazing people and some great ideas that helped shape the quality company Care1 is today.
Damon has an interest in photography, was a junior surf boat champion (back in the day) and enjoys supporting the Care1 crew to ensure quality outcomes for our clients.

damonashton@care1.com.au

John

Operations Manager

John has been working as the Operations Manager for Care1 since August 2019. John has a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in VET, and has other training qualifications. John holds various community services accredited qualifications, and is a JP. John started working in the disability sector with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 1991 and supported people with a disability for 13 years in a hands on capacity. After 6 months in child care, John then commenced work with a labour hire company and was General Manager of this organisation when he decided to take a career shift into training. John was a contract trainer for 5 years providing training all around Australia facilitating training in various humanities qualifications. John worked for 6 years in a National Registered Training Organisation as a senior trainer, content specialist and trainer engagement manager

John is an enthusiastic sports supporter and enjoys walking and hiking.

johnseeds@care1.com.au

Jim

Accounts

Jim has been involved in family run businesses over a long period and has gained an in-depth knowledge of the challenges associated with running small to medium sized enterprise.
As an Economics Alumni from Sydney University, Jim has also worked with various community-based clients covering a breadth of industries as an in-house financial and taxation consultant.
Jim was past Treasurer of Newport Junior Rugby Club, has passion for anything Rugby and Cinema anecdotes and trivia. The office folk are sure to not upset Jim, because he is the person responsible for paying employee wages.

jimkoumi@care1.com.au

Aurora

Quality, Training & Risk Manager

Aurora has worked for Care1 since 2013, initially as a Care Coordinator, and is now filling the role of Quality, Training & Risk manager. Before coming to Care1, she worked extensively in a range of direct support roles specialising in disability, mental health and youth work, while utilising her skills as a national trainer. This combined hand-on and practical experience has laid a strong foundation for Aurora to carry out her current role of promoting quality services.
Aurora enjoys travelling, needlecraft, and spending time with her family.

auroralukass@care1.com.au

Angela

HR & Recruitment Manager

Angela is our Human Resources Manager she joined Care1 in July 2019.

Angela is a Human Resources professional with over 12 years’ extensive generalist experience across multiple industries. Angela implements practical HR solutions and aims at creating the best employee experiences.

angelagatama@care1.com.au

Marisa

Senior Care Coordinator

Marisa has worked in the healthcare sector for 9 years in the UK and almost a year with Care1. She spent time working in both ‘direct care’ roles supporting elderly clients with dementia in a residential setting. Marisa then went on to peruse her love for supporting people with profound learning disabilities. Since coming to Australia Marisa has honed her expertise, working as a care coordinator with Care1…and loving it.
Marisa has a passion for travel, especially to sunny spots across the globe and enjoys a good TV boxset.

marisalucente@care1.com.au

Beth

Care Coordinator

Prior to working at Care1, Beth has worked in the care industry for the past 12 years in various roles including, admin, customer service, and coordination. Beth has worked for Care1 since January 2020. Beth likes travelling, exercising and watching Rugby league.

bethcopeland@care1.com.au

Paul

Care Coordinator

I am originally from London and have been living in Australia for over 7 years. Previous to Care1, I was an employment consultant for school leavers with intellectual difficulties, teaching classes of teenagers how to find employment and support themselves independently. I have also worked as a carer for people who have autism and Aspersers, dementia, down syndrome and a wide range of intellectual difficulties. I always feel happier doing a job that I feel is making a difference to peoples lives.

I like traveling, seeing friends, going out and walking.

paulsheldon@care1.com.au

Carolyn

Care Coordinator

I have always had a strong passion for helping others and really enjoy learning from all people with special needs.

My background is in music & nursing, working in the disability and aged care sectors within varied roles from Person Centred Care Trainer, to Management, Community Support Worker & Volunteer Respite Worker positions.

I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful people sharing interests in poetry & song writing, making positive connections through poetry groups and music programs.

It is great opportunity working within Care1, making a positive difference in a team environment working towards helping people achieve their personal best.

The journey may not always be easy for others, often facing many challenges to reach their chosen goals but the greatest reward is to help make people happy trying to get there….

carolynmcelroy@care1.com.au

Ashleigh

Care Coordinator

Prior to working with Care1, Ashleigh completed her Bachelors of Social Science whilst working in various customer service roles. Ashleigh started with Care1 as a support worker in 2018 and  transitioned into the Care Coordinator role in September 2019.

Ashleigh enjoys exploring the out doors and binge watching netflix.

ashleighskelly@care1.com.au

Liam

Administrator

I have been a part of the Care1 team since 2016 in an administrative role. Working at Care1 has provided me with the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. As well as helping instill a passion for helping people that I didn’t know I had when I initially entered the industry as a fresh faced 19 year old. Outside of work I enjoy sport (enough to spend a week’s wages on a premier league game), going out with mates on the weekend (my hairline may beg to differ but I am still young… sort of), working out (and then proceeding to smash a pack of Tim Tams) and spending time with family (less so with my teenage sister).

liamcurrie@care1.com.au

Who We Are

Our mission and purpose

Our Values

Care1’s values form the basis of our work:

  • Responsive: Sensitive and flexible to the unique needs of our clients.
  • Respect: Treating people with consideration and dignity by embracing diversity.
  • Integrity: Fair, honest, trustworthy, committed and accountable.
  • Innovation: Improving services to match the changing needs of our clients.

Our People

Care1 is committed to providing the highest quality staff. Central to this is our ongoing screening of all care staff to ensure the care you receive is from qualified, reliable and honest professionals. These checks include:

  • Working with child reach
  • Industry related reference check
  • National Police Check
  • Qualification verification
  • Current nurses registration (where applicable)

Accreditations & Affiliations