Baptcare celebrates International Women’s Day

Baptcare celebrates International Women’s Day

At Baptcare, we are proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day to highlighting the history and impact that women have within our organisation.

The Baptcare story was started by an inspiring group of Baptist women, who in 1945, came together to during a time of war to raise £4,000, to open Australia’s first Baptist home for older people, Strathalan, which is still in operation today.

To this day, we continue the mission this inspiring group of women started and are proud that our Board is now represented by our first female chair, Robina Bradley.

An inspiring woman in her own right, who after embarking on a career in nursing successfully combined her career and her Australian travel ambitions, which led her to working in Alice Springs, helping Aboriginal Communities access healthcare within this region before making the move to policy which has spanned a series of roles across health, working on major projects in change and improvement, including commissioning prison health services for the Victorian Government from Pentridge Prison to Port Philip Prison Health Services (and being the first accredited prison health service in Australia), and later General Manager of Northern Health – Aged Care Residential.

This International Women’s Day we are proud that our Executive Leadership team has 50% female representation, 71% of manager roles are occupied by females and that our workforce is made up of 83% of women.

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Baptcare joins National Redress Scheme

Baptcare Victoria and Tasmania has joined the National Redress Scheme to provide acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. The Scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia. Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts and can provide people with access to: counselling;a payment; anda direct personal response from the institution (for example an apology) for people who want it.The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. Baptcare has now joined the Scheme, which means that if there are people who were abused in the care of Baptcare, they can apply to the Scheme for redress. Baptcare also represents the following defunct institutions: Abercare (Price Street, Essendon), Abercare (Buckley Street, Essendon), Abercare (Niddrie), Abercare (Keilor), Abercare (Moonee Ponds), Westside Children’s Home, Heathmont Family Group Home, Boronia Family Group Home, Baptist Social Services, Baptist Community Care Ltd. We believe it is vitally important to endorse and join this Scheme, supporting people who have experienced abuse. People can apply now using an online or paper form. Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process. For more information, visit or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377. -ENDS- About BaptcareBaptcare is a purpose driven organisation focused on delivering the best of care to people of all ages, cultures, beliefs and circumstances. Through our social enterprise model, we deliver better outcomes for more than 13,000 people in our community, combining the best commercial practice with a social a heart. Baptcare has more than 3,000 dedicated staff across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia to deliver the best of care to people in Residential Aged Care, Retirement Living, In Home Care, Family and Children Services, Affordable Housing and Disability