Caring for you...

Our values define who we are. They are the fundamental and shared beliefs that will enable us to achieve our mission and vision.

Support Carers - Carers of all ages are recognised, respected and valued as individuals with their own needs.

Individuality - Everyone has the right to express themselves and be included in their service planning and evaluation.

Empathy - Our services are inclusive and people are treated with dignity.

Advocacy and information - Being informed is key to making the right choices. We support access to information and advocate for those in need of our services.

Our Culture

Our team follow guiding principles to help us work together more effectively and get things done!

Customer Service Focus - Makes engaging with Carer Support easy, memorable and beneficial.

Consistency - Team work to ensure anyone engaging with us is supported in a consistent way.

Efficiency - Reduce duplication and get it right the first time, every time.

Agility - Change is inevitable and key to our success, we respond and adapt as we need to.

Responsive - Transparent and timely communication to achieve your goals.

Sustainable - Well designed and updated internal systems and processes with you front of mind so when you contact us, you have the best experience possible.

Accountable - We are accountable for our activities that we provide and seek your feedback so we can keep doing better.

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Enjoying a lunch at one of our Carer events

Our History

Carer Support was created 30 years ago by Pat Smytherman. It started off with a few like-minded people, who shared a passion for supporting carers, meeting at Pat’s home. Through Pat’s commitment, the vision grew and evolved into a significant, influential organisation that is recognised nationally as being a leader in delivering quality support to carers and their families. The carer support model that Pat developed still guides what we do and how we value, respect and support carers today.

Our People

Carer Support is a small but powerful team, led by our CEO Amy Liaw and Board members. Our dedicated service delivery team develop and oversee all our services, and work with key strategic partners to deliver our events and activities.

Board Members

Gay was the Member for Reynell for 17 years until her retirement in 2014. Gay has been involved in governance since being a board member of the WEA in the seventies and a member of the Governing Council of Flinders University for ten years.

As a member of Parliament Gay was recognised for her extensive involvement in the many organisations in her community.

Gay’s parliamentary career included being the first woman to hold the position of Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker. She particularly enjoyed the work of the many parliamentary committees she was involved in including the Select Committee on Work and Family Responsibilities.

At a time when part time study was unusual she gained a BA while working full time in the public service and as a union official. Her focus on Economics and Social and Economic History have assisted her understanding of the complex nature of our community.

Adam Kennedy, B Com, B Eco, Grad Dip Marketing, MBA

Adam is the director and general manager of his own recruitment and human resources company. He is also Chair of an international food company.

Adam has worked in many roles in the private sector as well as leading a National Not for Profit organisation.

Adam now brings his extensive experience and qualifications to the role of Treasurer at Carer Support.

Mark McShane has worked across the private and government sectors in numerous senior roles including over 20 years in local government most recently as Chief Executive Officer. His experience also includes recruitment and management consulting to these sectors while working overseas and in Australia.

Mark’s experience and capabilities include organisation governance, human resource management, strategy development, and performance measurement and reporting. A broad-based skill set has been further enhanced by Mark’s time as a Chief Executive Officer at the City of Mount Gambier. Since ceasing full time work in 2019 Mark has been engaged in consulting and executive contract work.

Supporting his professional experience Mark has Bachelor Degrees in Education, Business and a Masters in Human Resource Management.

Natasha is the owner and partner of a South Australian law firm and has practised law for almost 20 years with extensive experience in commercial law, commercial litigation, building and construction law , not for profits and employment law. Natasha has a genuine passion for good governance, strategy and innovation and has utilised her extensive legal experience on several boards in differing areas to demonstrate this.

Natasha’s attention to detail and excellent strategic and corporate governance skills have been proven through the Non-Executive Director and Chair roles she has, and does, hold. These skills see her leading the way as a governance champion ensuring organisations that she is involved with are well protected and trained through governance protocols, that their strategic direction and goals are clear and achievable and that stakeholder relationships are continually strengthened.

Natasha is passionate about ensuring that the rights, choices, health and wellbeing of all are positively maintained so as to ensure a better life for everyone. Natasha brings a positive attitude, strong business and commercial acumen and governance leadership.

Helen is proud to have been involved in the Disability Sector in South Australia and Northern Territory as a Chief Executive and Executive Manager for 20 years, where she have led organisations through periods of change to improve service delivery and outcomes for clients, building the strength of the team through mentorship and encouragement, and delivering organisational and financial outcomes for the Board.

With 9 years experience as a Director in the Australian Public Service, she developed a strong understanding of Industrial Relations and Compliance, which has led her to become an Auditor, undertaking audits on behalf of the NDIS. As an Auditor, she is bound by professional ethics, and the NDIS Code of Conduct.

In addition, Helen currently consulting to a number of large disability organisations across Human Resources, Industrial Relations and as a Mediator and Facilitator.