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Mrs Janet Lawrence

Founder & Director of Australian College of Care Workers, Board Member

Janet is a  Registered Nurse  and a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing (formerly known as the Royal College of Nursing) since 1987. Over 40 years she has gained both national and international experience in nursing and has obtained further qualifications in her field of expertise – aged care and education.

From Janet’s experiences in Nursing she developed a passion for raising the Standards of Care in Aged Care. She dedicated her professional career at a very early age between acute nursing and aged care nursing, ensuring that the elderly in care are treated with respect, dignity, given choices and receive safe care. Through her passion and interest in aged care she worked as:

A Director of Nursing
External Quality Assessor
Director and Secretary for Professional Development Consultants
Clinical Care Coordinator
Member of the Commonwealth Administrator and Adviser Panel – Department of Health and Ageing / Department of Social Services
Board member for a not-for-profit Aged Care Organisation – Footscray.

She is currently a CEO / Director of Studies  delivering courses in the areas of Aged Care, Nursing, Mental Health, Disability, Community Services, Business and more. Furthermore, since 1996 she has been an Independent Aged Care Nurse Consultant, Nurse Educator​ and is also an Aged Care Expert Witness.

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education Student (Thesis Submitted May 2019), Victoria University
  • Master of Nursing (Gerontology)
  • Graduate Diploma Health Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing) Major Nursing Administration
  • Diploma of Business
  • Diploma of Nursing Education
  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • Diploma of Training Development and Design

Mr Bruce Craike

Director / Chief Executive Officer at NHCM Pty. Ltd., Board Member

Bruce Craike has more than 37 years’ experience in the residential aged care sector. He is genuinely driven in his desire to support and facilitate the provision of high-quality care environments for vulnerable people in our society who rely on the support of disability and aged care services. Bruce was initially recruited into the care sector for his demonstrated exceptional leadership and managerial skills.

In order to fulfil his passion to continue working in aged care, Bruce established NHCM Pty Ltd; an aged care management company which specialises in all areas of residential care; from design and construction through to operational imperatives such as human resourcing and financial planning. NHCM has provided services to the private sector and not for profit sector (church and charitable organisations) in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. These facilities have varied in their capacity, from caring for 20 residents up to 178 residents. His company has been involved in the establishment of more than 10 new facilities. The latest facility supports 240 residents in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Bruce is currently focusing on industry enterprise agreements negotiations with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and the Health Services Union (HSU). He is also interested in aged care worker recruitment and workforce development in relation to care worker educational standards to improve quality and safety within the residential care sector.

  • RMIT Graduate
  • Board Member: Commonwealth Advisory Board for Aged Care Planning and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Aged Care Financial Administrator
  • Management Team, Aged Care
  • Director – Industry associations, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)
  • Technical Manager: Pilkington ACI

Dr Nisha Bhatnagar

Director / Senior Educator Disability and Aged Care, Board Member

Nisha has worked as a teacher and trainer in the education sector for more than 30 years. Through professional and volunteer engagement, she has dedicated her vocational life to working with socially vulnerable individuals and groups, locally and internationally.
Nisha is a passionate advocate for enhancing the capacity of cross – cultural communication in education, the workplace and community to further cohesion in culturally diverse societies. She is a recipient of The Victorian Multicultural Award (excellence in the Victorian community) and The Federation of Indian Women’s Association of Australia Award (working with women in need).
Nisha is currently committed to designing and implementing excellence in disability and aged care educational initiatives to improve outcomes for care workers and their clients.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Inclusion in Education)
  • TAE Teaching and Evaluation
  • TAA Teaching and Assessment
  • Masters in TESOLP.
  • G Diploma in TESOL
  • Master of Special Education
  • P.G Diploma in Special Education
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Arts (English Literature)
  • Bachelor of Arts (English Hons.)

Dr Craig Bellamy

Board Member /Researcher, Academic Education Designer

I work at the intersection of the humanities, education, research, and digital technology. My passion is utilising the potential of digital technology to innovate, educate and inform. I have initiated and implemented community building strategies for digital technology at the state, national and international level including strategic competitive funding, conference coordinating, and national committee formation and coordination. I have developed and managed software projects and online courses and curated collections of open source data. My master’s and doctoral degree in digital humanities (history) brings a historian’s perspective to my work and my post-doctoral employment brings significant experience in digital research methods and an important appreciation of pedagogical design. Throughout my career, I have pursued a parallel approach where I undertake hands-on, applied work while also doing traditional, critical work. I have highly developed skills in:

1) Teaching and blended and online learning and pedagogy
2) Digital humanities practice and theory
3) Project/program management and competitive funding
4) Social media, deliberative and decision-making software
5) Report writing and research (qualitative and quantitative)

Craig currently works as Lecturer / Senior Educational Designer at Charles Sturt University.

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD, Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia (RMIT University)
  • Master’s Degree, History (and hypertext), with Honours (University of Melbourne)
  • Bachelor’s Degree, History, Distinction (University of New South Wales)
  • Bachelor’s Degree, History (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • BA, History and Sociology (La Trobe University)

Helen McLean

Quality & Compliance
  • Highly experienced
    • People, IR, Compliance and Call Centre Executive
    • Community Engagement Leader
    • NDIS Expert
    • Successful Disability and NFP CEO
    • Coach and Mentor
    • Quality Auditor
    • Mediator
  • Empowering, resilient leader and change maker in complex organizations
  • Business transformation, modernizing brand position and service delivery to be best practice and nationally recognized (Guide Dogs Marketing, Fundraising, Bequests and Finances; Girl Guides asset utilization, revitalised camp programs and grounds, Sustainable Finances and new Fundraising Model)
  • Integrated approach to financial management and business advancement (Guide Dogs Puppy Love program, Sale of the Century Charity concept; Multiple Sclerosis 53% productivity increase over 6 months)
  • MBA, Quality Auditor, Accredited Mediator, HR/IR Expert

Tony De Domenico OAM

Advocate for Funding and Government Grants, Board Member

Anthony Joseph “Tony” De Domenico, OAM (born 29 December 1950) is an Australian politician and was a member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly elected to the multi-member single constituency Assembly and later elected to represent the multi-member electorate of Brindabella for the Liberal Party. De Domenico was initially elected the second ACT Legislative Assembly in 1992 and elected to represent Brindabella in the Assembly in 1995 general election. De Domenico resigned from the Assembly on 30 January 1997 to take up a position in the private sector and, during his parliamentary career, served as Deputy Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Urban Services and Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
Between 2000 and 2003, De Domenico was based in Milan, Italy, as a trade commissioner; and since 2004, has been Executive Director of the Victorian Division of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.[3] Before his election, De Domenico was President of the Canberra Chamber of Commerce.

Current Roles / Directorships

  • Director, National Housing Finance Investment Corporation (NHFIC)
  • Chairman, Abalone Victoria (Central Zone) Limited.
  • Director, Prahran Markets Pty, Ltd.
  • Director, Common Equity Housing Ltd.
  • Chair People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Director, Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • President, Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2013-2018)

Honours/Awards

  • Medal in the General Division, Order of Australia (OAM) June 2018 (Urban planning, research and development in Victoria)
  • Life Member, Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Melbourne)
  • Corporate Life Governor – Royal Life Savings Society Australia (ACT)
    Life Member UDIA (Vic).

Mohamed serves as an IT Consultant and Administrator of Australian College of Care Workers. He has been working with us since the start of our organisation, overseeing IT Infrastructure, including websites, domain, emails, server management and providing IT support.

Mohamed joined Australian College of Care Workers in 2016 to lead and manage IT, development of the care workers website and membership portal.

Prior to Australian College of Care Workers, Mohamed  held senior a position as IT Executive Disaster Recovery and Database Administrator at Ooordeoo Telecom Company. He also worked as a Staff Sergeant in IT Department of Maldives Police Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • ITIL V3 Certification