Our team are passionate about helping older people to live safely and happily in their homes. From our Assistants in Nursing in the field to our administration staff in the office, Home Nursing Group is supported by a team of people who work hard to offer genuine care. Get to know the Home Nursing Group team!
Home Nursing Group (HNG) was established in 1985, and since 2010 has been owned by Gorm Kirsch, an experienced Aged Care Executive. Gorm has a genuine love, respect and belief to look after older people in our lives and within the community.
Gorm has more than 25 years of experience in health care management, finance and policy, gained in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America from positions with both private and public organisations, including the UK National Health Service, the World Health organisation, Macquarie Bank and B&B Communities/Primelife.
Since 2002, Gorm has worked exclusively in the Australian Aged Care industry. From 2003 – 2006, Gorm ran the then largest for-profit nursing home business in Australia, which lead to the successful turnaround and sale of the business.
Gorm has extensive experience relating to Aged Care in both the community and residential settings, and community nursing in general. With his background in both the public and private sectors, as well as both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, he is well placed to appreciate and advise on the issues facing the community nursing industry.
Our 120+ staff serve over 2,000 elderly clients in the New England and Mid-North Coast regions. Gorm leads Home Nursing Group to deliver quality care, and the local business accomplishes this by hiring the best people; it’s about having the right people in your home doing what you want, the way you want.
Providing Home Care is not just about providing a service, it’s about bringing love and life to someone’s home.
Cheryl Constance has been with Home Nursing Group (HNG) since 2015 and brings with her over 20 years of experience in medical, surgical and perioperative nursing. Cheryl has extensive experience with staff management, clinical governance, quality in health care, and the delivery and management of education programs.
As Chief Operations Officer at HNG, Cheryl is responsible for all HNG clinical operations, implementing high standards of nursing care and ensuring practices meet all relevant industry benchmarks. Cheryl finds one of the most rewarding aspects of her role is assisting people to reach their full potential, whether they are staff achieving career goals, or clients achieving their ambitions of staying in their home and living life to the fullest.
Prior to her role with HNG, Cheryl was the Operative Theatre Manager at Armidale Private Hospital for 12 years. In addition to ensuring the efficient management of a busy unit, her work with the hospital’s Quality Programme contributed to some excellent results for the hospital under the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) accreditation framework.
In 2011 Cheryl was nominated for the Ramsay Health Care ‘Clinical Leader of the Year’ and was ranked in the top three finalists. Cheryl continues to excel in clinical management and leadership here at HNG, with her sound management practices and principles, to deliver the highest quality of care to our customers.
Kyra Moss joined Home Nursing Group (HNG) 3 years ago, bringing with her over 12 years of management and project management experience in the health and social sector. With a background in journalism, community services and education both in Australia and overseas, Kyra has for the last 9 years been working in the primary care sector in Australia with extensive experience in workforce recruitment and human resources support, for primary care, and more recently Aged Care with the Home Nursing Group.
Kyra worked in a range of roles including as a Journalist in Thailand, Project Development Officer in Nepal, and a High School Cambridge Exams English Teacher in India. More recently in Australia, she has worked in the management of regionally based education delivery for Health Professionals and medical workforce support, delivery of APNA education for practice nurses, eHealth and telehealth projects for primary care.
As the Chief People and Culture Officer for HNG, Kyra feels privileged to be working in an innovative space of change and growth to support sustainable structural change within the organisation and our ‘passion for people’. In her role, she aims to develop systems to grow staff and support an organisational culture of staff engagement and training.
Passionate about supporting the growth of the sustainable care services in regional areas by growing organisational capacity, she brings with her a robust understanding of change management and skills needed for the effective support of staff.
Neil has been with Home Nursing Group since the end of 2015. His primary responsibility is to manage the clients’ accounts and all financial aspects of HNG. The HNG finance team is made up of four close-knit people who Neil supervises also.
Neil is a diversely experienced self-employed Bookkeeper. Over the last 10 years he has worked with clients of a wide and varied nature, which include manufacturing, service, education and design businesses. He’s proven his skills to work within the community aiding businesses with their planning and decision making.
With his extensive experience from previous employments, he is able to manage the fianances of a business within the Aged Care sector and the complexities and challenges it brings. He thrives on challenges and always look for ways to broaden his knowledge and learn new skills.
Although growing up on the coast and living in Sydney to complete his Associate Diploma in Accounting, Neil has always been drawn to the country and loves residing in Tamworth. He enjoys breeding Angus Cross Hereford cattle, fishing and being on the land.
Nicole is a Registered Nurse who joined Home Nursing Group in March 2017.
She has a background in community nursing where she has spent over 20 years providing care to the elderly community, with special interest in providing care to people with dementia and their carers, and chronic disease management of the elderly.
Nicole has worked in community care, palliative care and wound management in Brisbane, and in dementia and general community care in Port Macquarie, as well as specialist rooms, and Meals on Wheels.
Nicole has worked within the Port Macquarie, Taree and Coffs Harbour community for many years and has built up a wealth of local knowledge about what issues the Aged Care community face in the region.
Nicole is excited to be part of HNG and in particular the Mid North Coast team, to coordinate the dedicated field staff in delivering exceptional care to clients in their home. She continues to be amazed by the office support team who are highly experienced with helping people to navigate the world of Home Care.
Peta is the Care Manager of the New England Area directly managing the Registered Nurses, Care and Support Coordinators, Team Leaders, RAS Assessors, Allied Health workers, and the Jacaranda Social Club in Armidale. Peta coordinates the clinical training for care staff including annual competencies so that standards are maintained by staff to deliver a diverse range of services to clients.
Peta has worked as a Registered Nurse in a number of settings including general practice, Aboriginal health and community care. She is also a Diabetes Educator and accredited immuniser with an extensive background of primary health care before joining Home Nursing Group in 2015. Aged Care has quickly become one of her passions.
Peta, along with her team, delivers exceptional care to clients in their home with emphasis on the personal touch that local Care and Support Coordinators can provide to clients, carers and family members.
Peta and her family live locally. She is community-minded and understands the need for aged care services in rural areas and the adversity that is faced by clients to access health related appointments.
Brad Cann has spent 20 years in IT occupying positions mostly in rural and remote parts of Australia, supporting as many as 300 users on site. He has worked in a wide variety of industries including mining, engineering, accounting, dental and various medical sectors.
Brad is now the ICTO and looks after all our Servers, Desktops, Mobile phone fleet and anything requiring electricity, as well as supporting our staff of 130 across 5 separate sites.
Brad has moved down from sunny Queensland with his wife and 3 children. Outside of work, Brad enjoys cruising on boats for holidays and has a love of all things science and technology.
Jo is responsible for maintaining the healthcare software used within the organisation. Jo is also responsible for training new staff in the use of the program and ongoing support to both the office and the care staff, to ensure Home Nursing Group (HNG) delivers quality and timely services to our clients.
Jo joined HNG in August 2014 to lead the implementation of the healthcare software and in September 2017 implemented a mobile application for use by our care staff; this application has allowed more efficient communication between the office and the care staff. Jo’s background is in finance and administration with previous roles being in primary healthcare.
Jo enjoys the challenges to adapt as the Age Care industry continues to change and support the team at HNG to assist our clients to remain in their own home for as long as possible.
Jo and her family are Armidale locals, enjoying all the New England Tablelands has to offer.
Katinka’s passion for customer service started 20 years ago when working at the Box Office at the Sydney Opera House. She has since gained extensive experience in managing the Box Office Department for the Sydney Theatre Company, the Belvoir St Theatre and finally at the Sydney Festival.
In 2014, Katinka relocated to the New England region for love, a tree change, and a chance to establish a better work/life balance, which she feels she has successfully accomplished.
Katinka started out at Home Nursing Group (HNG) organising the field staff rosters for the Armidale region, and over the past few years developed her skills and knowledge to include the Aged Care industry, and was promoted to Customer Service Manager of the Intake and Scheduling teams.
Katinka loves working at HNG as she enjoys being able to help clients maintain their independence and remain in their own home.
Florian is a digital innovator with the ability to deconstruct big picture ideas and make them more inclusive. His goal is to help organisations improve digitally and to use new and exciting technologies to improve their operations, enhance their marketing, and create new business opportunities.
With his Masters in Political Science and his long experience in the Communication and Digital Marketing fields, Florian understands the importance of communication to create a culture of change and innovation. He lived in Germany, Spain and the USA, before finally finding his place and inspiration in Australia.
Home Nursing Group welcomed Florian to the team in mid-2017. Within his role, he uses his strengths in strategic project management, digital marketing, and innovation management to establish a more collaborative, improvised and meaningful digital landscape for HNG.
Florian believes in Design Thinking, using creativity and collaboration as the keys to success, and he deeply believes that failing is simply the chance to improve and retry.
Trailblazing new roles and excelling in fast paced, rapidly growing organisations, he never stops learning and always seeks to make the impossible possible.
Florian loves reading (yes, real books), surfing, riding his motorbike and playing soccer.
Deirdre has recently relocated back to her home town of Tamworth after a few years abroad, and started with Home Nursing Group in April 2017.
Deirdre studied Communications at UNE and has had a diverse career working in radio journalism, PR for events and festivals, tourism and marketing.
As the Marketing and Content Officer for Home Nursing Group (HNG), Deirdre’s primary role is to develop content for social media, print and web-based marketing. She talks to many clients and has the privilege to share their life stories and discuss how HNG has made a positive impact on their current life.
Although new to the aged care industry, Deirdre recognises the positive effect of the home care services that HNG provides to clients in maintaining their independence and quality of life. She believes the best way to show this is through the genuine, sincere and heartfelt stories of HNG’s clients, their families and staff members.
Outside of work you will find Deirdre involved in the latest Tamworth Musical Society production, bushwalking, and tasting the latest local craft beer.