The SAI Home and Community Care team is led by two experienced and dedicated nurses who have over four decades of experience in health care and our support workers are managed by a core executive team with a vast array of professional skills.

Upali DeSilva

Upali DeSilva

Chief Executive Officer
SAI Home & Community Care

Upali is a Registered Nurse, Division 1, with extensive experience in Residential and Community Health. Since completing his Psychiatric Nursing in 1973, Upali has been involved in the establishment of the first Community Mental Health and Crisis Teams in Victoria.

Upali’s career highlights include working as the Acting Principle Nurse for the Health Department and commissioning three new Psychiatric Hospitals and one community centre. In consolidating his management experience, Upali has worked as Program Manager at Kingston Centre and as Director of Nursing, and Owner, operator at Chelsea Manor & Bentleigh Manor Aged Care Facilities.

Together, with his wife Nina, Upali has built and operated two successful Residential Aged Care facilities, winning numerous awards for excellence in care provided to clients, along with a Ministers award for staff training and education. Upali is committed to research and innovation in all aspects of care and treatment.

Upali has travelled widely to examine, and view first hand, the operation of health services in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Israel, Sweden, China and South Korea. Upali is also a member of the International Psychogeriatric Association. A keen hiker, Upali has succeeded in the challenges of climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp and completing the Kokoda Trail.

His passion is to enhance the lives of people who are aging and people living with disabilities. Upali strongly believes in providing information to clients, empowering them to choose the assistance they require, and to work together with them to ensure they achieve their individual goals.

Upali’s research interests include Assistive Technology for Elderly and Disabled, & Slow Stream Rehabilitation and Non-Pharmacological and Psychosocial Interventions for People with Dementia.

In establishing SAI Home and Community Care, Upali hopes to enrich the care experience for clients, and their families, by providing dedicated care and working in partnership with them, not only to maintain a quality lifestyle and independence within their own home, but to serve them with respect and dignity.

Nina DeSilva

Nina DeSilva

Chief Executive Officer
SAI Education Institute

In her role as Chief Executive Officer of SAI Education Institute, Nina works alongside of the educational team to ensure the utmost level of quality delivered through courses offered by SAI Education Institute. She also oversees the training and orientation undertaken by our team of carers to ensure that our clients receive the best possible care available.

Nina completed her Psychiatric Nursing in 1971, followed by Mental Retardation nursing in 1973 and later completed her General Nurse training in 1985. She worked for several years as a Psychiatric Mental Health Community Nurse and established a rehabilitation unit in North Side Clinic- Sydney. She was offered and accepted a position as a Director of Nursing of a Drug and Alcohol Hospital in Melbourne for 2 years and was successful in guiding the hospital through its very first accreditation process.

In 1990, Nina decided to become self-employed and thus embarked in her very challenging career of Aged Care. She and her husband Upali, owned and operated a 50 bed Supportive Residential Service; caring for frail aged and people with psychiatric disabilities. Together they worked very hard to build this facility to become the flagship of a “pensioner only” accommodation. Later they built a 45 bed hostel/ low care facility known as Bentleigh Manor. This was later followed by a bed low and high care facility known as Chelsea Manor. Nina was very much a “hands on operator “and is highly respected and regarded by all those who worked with her.

After 22 years of working in Aged Care, Nina and her husband Upali, took a well-earned break for two years and then established SAI Home and Community Care and SAI Education Institute. Nina has always been passionate about teaching and educating caring, knowledgeable carers/ students. She believes in empowering her students and offering ongoing support in a nurturing environment. Nina believes in providing students with the necessary skills to become “leaders of the future”.

Nina looks forward to imparting all her knowledge and experience through SAI Education as well as assisting students and staff to confidently become the workforce of tomorrow.

Sandi Grace

Sandi Grace

Manager
SAI Home & Community Care

With an extensive professional background in executive management, lecturing, customer service, public relations and marketing for an array of non-profit organisations that specialised in community care and medical research, Sandi holds a unique collection of professional skills that will enable her to lead the SAI team into the future.

Her community spirit has been recognised with numerous local, state and national awards and she has received nominations for the Pride of Australia Medal and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in honour of her many volunteer commitments that have made a significant contribution in the diverse areas of families, children, special needs, hearing impaired and domestic violence.

Sandi is passionate about the local community and has been a highly respected community leader with strong connections to numerous community groups and leaders for many years which continues to this day. Sandi is strongly committed to caring for the community and upholding the strongest of ethical and empowerment values in any organisation she works with which is why she has chosen to work at SAI.

Sandi is the Manager at SAI Home and Community Care and actively oversees the management of the corporate team, all clients, care workers and volunteers to ensure that SAI maintains its commitment to making a difference in the aged care and disability sectors.

Renee Gilligan

Renee Gilligan

Client Services Coordinator
SAI Home & Community Care

Renee has a diverse and interesting background across numerous fields and has travelled widely. Her experience includes several appointments in administration and experience working in an aged care facility.

Prior to working in our corporate team, Renee gained hands on experience in home and community care by working as a carer for our company since commencement. Renee is happy and friendly individual who is greatly respected by our clients and staff alike.

Renee is responsible for the development of all rostering to provide the best suited carers to each of our clients. Great care is taken to match carers with clients and we try very hard to ensure continuity of care. Renee is involved in the initial meeting and assessment all new clients and assists with the development of their care plans and individual needs. Renee is also responsible for the recruitment of carers to support the needs of our clients.

Renee is thrilled to be part of a team that is so strongly committed to contributing to the local community in a way that successfully allows the elderly and people with disability to maintain their independence and remain in their own home.

Rita Galea

Rita Galea

Staff Development Coordinator
SAI Home & Community Care

With a strong background in aged care, Rita worked closely with Nina and Upali for many years as a Team Leader in a dementia specific aged care facility. During this time Rita completed her Division 2 Nursing.

Bringing Rita into the team to build SAI Home and Community Care was an easy decision. Rita is an integral part of the team and has seamlessly transitioned into her new role.

Rita is responsible for overseeing the education of all of the carers that visit our clients. Great care and pride is taken to ensure that our workers are trained to the highest level possible. Rita provides clinical care to clients as needed to ensure they receive excellent quality of care from a highly trained nurse. As part of our corporate team, Rita oversees the management of our medical records information system. Another key component of the role is the implementation of all Human Resource Management activities for our carers.

Rita is looking forward to continuing the exciting expansion of SAI Home and Community Care which ensures that the elderly and people with disabilities are cared for in a manner that is respectful and nurturing. She is also keen to monitor the continued growth of the education opportunities available to our carers.

Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson

Administration
SAI Home & Community Care

With a background in banking, finance and administration, Jo is perfectly suited to keeping our office in perfect running order. Jo is highly organised and more than capable of undertaking any task which makes her an asset to our team.

Responsible for greeting and assisting all our visitors as well as answering many of our incoming calls, you will meet Jo over the phone or in person when you contact SAI.

Jo regularly updates all of our forms, policies and procedures so we welcome any feedback that you might provide.

Jo is looking forward to the continued growth of SAI Home and Community Care.

Heshani Perera

Heshani Perera

Finance Officer
SAI Home & Community Care

Heshani has a background in personal care having worked for various home and residential care facilities prior to pursuing a career in finance. She has been working with SAI Home and Community Care since its inception.

Responsible for managing all finance related tasks for our organisation including client accounts and the issuing of monthly statements. Heshani is also fully responsible for all payroll related duties.

Heshani enjoys being a part of the professional and vibrant team working at SAI Home and Community Care and is more than willing to assist clients and their families as well as employees with any questions they might have.

Jocelyn Hesketh

Jocelyn Hesketh

Bookkeeper
SAI Home & Community Care