The SAI Home and Community Care team is led by two experienced and dedicated nurses who have over four decades of experience in healthcare and our support workers are managed by a core executive team with a vast array of professional skills and experience in Aged and Disability Care
Upali DeSilvaChief Executive Officer
Rita GaleaHR Coordinator & Staff Development Coordinator
Renee GilliganCare Manager
Rochelle WilkieCare Manager
Janice GrayRostering Officer
Michelle BalaamFinance Accounts Office
Ronel PhillipsRostering Officer
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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.
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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.
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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.
Rita has embraced her position as a Human Resource Coordinator and Staff Development Coordinator. Rita is responsible for hiring suitable carers and their induction. 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. 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.
As a local resident for the past 20 years, Kerryn has been fortunate to be part of a successful family owned business in the leisure industry. This has shaped and moulded her appreciation of a ‘good life’. She has been very active in the cycling fraternity alternating between road and mountain loving the outdoors in all facets.
Kerryn says, “My passion for living the best life has helped me transition into the world of care easily. With a solid background in finance I have been fortunate to work across many industries. Working for SAI Home and Community Care has been an absolute highlight. The amazing team bond we share and the wonderful support we provide enriches my everyday world that I am happy and very proud to share.”
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Renee has a diverse and interesting background across numerous fields and has traveled 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 our care manager and 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 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.
Rochelle is a care manager at SAI Home and Community Care. She grew up on the peninsula with her family. Her grandmother and her mother both worked as nurses which inspired Rochelle to enter this field too. Her care for people comes from early inspiration from her family, which truly reflects when you meet Rochelle.
Rochelle has worked closely in the Aged Care field for a number of years. First working as a PCA in the community early in her career, then studying Nursing and working in a Aged Care residential setting.
Rochelle says, “It feels a great amount of gratitude to work with SAI Home and Community Care who genuinely cares for its clients and promotes independence for them.”
Rochelle is easily approachable. Get in touch with Rochelle on (03) 8785 0999
Janice is a rostering office at SAI Home and Community Care. Janice has a very interesting career history of being part of video industry, store manager, sales and administration. After a break for her kids and her role as an administrator, her friend brought light to her next career path of becoming a carer. Janice’s love to help people and caring for them, made her enrol for her Certificate III in Aged Care. Her successful qualification and her experience working in a facility, helped her care for her mother fulltime.
Janice joined SAI Home and Community Care after passing of her mother as a home support worker. She joined our rostering team when an opportunity came up.
Janice says, “I joined SAI Home and Community Care in December 2017 for in home support, continuing with what I’m passionate about. When an opportunity of full-time position arose within head office; the heart and soul of this caring organisation, I jumped at the opportunity. I am now the Scheduling & Rostering Officer. I am responsible for rostering, providing the best suited carers to each of our clients and their needs, to ensure provision of client care and family support, being the first point of contact for clients, carers, case managers and families. I am proud to be part of such a warm, caring organisation”
Reach out to Janice on (03) 8785 0999
Michelle is our finance officer. She has over 20 years of experience in the same. After moving from South Africa in 1998, she started her Bookkeeping business in 2001. With her profound experience in accounting in different industries, she also has experience in caring industry, caring for her mother currently. Her parents moved to Australia in 2011 and after an unfortunate stroke, her father passed away in 2013. Since then, she is a carer for her mother. We are fortunate to have Michelle who not only has great experience in accounting, but also understand aspects of elderly caring.
Michelle likes to keep her knowledge updated and so she recently completed her Certificate IV in Bookkeeping successfully.
Michelle Says, “I enjoy challenges and find this job allows me to explore new areas and learn new systems. I enjoy working with such a great and caring team. I am very exited to part of SAI Home and Community Care’s team and I look forward to my upcoming challenges”
Michelle is a great problem solver. If you have any questions related to bills, finance related to SAI Home and Community Care, please reach out to Michelle on (03) 8785 0999.
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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.
Ronel is a Rostering officer at SAI Home and Community Care. She is originally from South Africa, and previously worked in administration in carpet industry.
Ronel has worked as a PCA with us for a number of years before joining our rostering team in house.
Her serving attitude and humbleness makes her care for people. Do not hesitate to call and chat with Ronel on (03) 8785 0999.
Leanne is part of SAI Home and Community Care from 2013 when she moved to the Peninsula from the Northern Suburbs. Leanne joined SAI as a Carer and is part of our office staff as an administrator currently. She worked as a PCA with us until 2018. Having the knowledge from working with our clients helps with Leanne’s ability to understand and assist our clients with their phone enquiries and needs.
Leanne’s background is in customer service and has experience working with big organisations in Australia. Her experience plays a major role in providing quality services to our clients in person and on phone.
Like all our staff members, Leanne is exited about the future and expansion of SAI Home and Community Care. Reach Leanne on (03) 8785 0999.