Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer
Petra Neeleman RON, B.Bus, CPA, FAIM
 
Petra Neeleman has been CEO of DutchCare Ltd, (that is Chief Enthusiasm Officer) since July 1991 having served on the Board of HARF (Holland Australian Retirement Foundation) for 5 years prior to that, mainly as treasurer. She holds a Bachelor of Business-Accounting and is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Companies Directors Institute.

She is a director of Leading Age Services Victoria and Chair of LASA Audit and Finance Committee and CALD Taskforce. Petra is also a director of the Netherlands Retirement Village Association of Queensland. Petra is an Eden Associate and Mentor and was a founding board member and past chairperson of Eden-in-Oz.

She believes that we must offer the very best care to Elders even if that means challenging current systems. Language and culture are essential ingredients in providing the whole of life care for Elders and Petra has been an advocate for the provision of culturally appropriate services.

In response to shortages of registered nurses, Petra along with her team at DutchCare has developed a model of care which does not have nurses as the central focus in the provision of care or management of the unit. Now known as the Polder Model, it has received much industry acclamation both in Australia and overseas with the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing recently awarding to DutchCare its 2006 Award for Excellence and Innovation. In 2012 DutchCare received the Better Practice Award

In 2013 Petra received a knighthood from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands - The Order of Oranje-Nassau.  The Order is a chivalry order open to everyone who has earned special merits for society.  These are people who deserve appreciation and recognition from society for the special way in which they have carried out their activities.  Petra is the recipient of the 2006 Jonas Kreveld Award. This Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated substantial business achievement and made an outstanding contribution to the community.

 

Chief Financial Officer
Olaf Zalmstra CPA
 
Olaf is a Certified Practicing Accountant and holds a bachelor of Business (accounting) along with Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and he is an Eden Associate.

Olaf arrived in Australia at a very young age and completed all his schooling here. For most of his working life Olaf has been in some form of accounting or management role in industries as diverse as retail, car rental, personal development and IT. Joining the senior management team at DutchCare in 1998 Olaf was able to "go back to his roots" and at the same time bring with him a vast experience in accounting and management skill.

Olaf's interest in the aged care sector has grown in time and his training as an Eden Associate has made him much more aware and sympathetic of other facets of the industry other than just the financial side.

Olaf's experience, strength and knowledge with IT has allowed DutchCare to become an innovator and leader in the sector, whilst his experience also plays an important role in a number of peak body forums and committees.

 

Manager of Community Services
Anne Davey
 
Anne is a registered nurse whose experience spans the disability and aged care sectors. 

Over the past 20 years, Anne has held various management positions in residential and community care services for the aged.  In this capacity she has worked in complexes run by local government, private and not-for-profit organisations.

Of particular relevance to DutchCare is Anne’s experience in ethno-specific services.  Recently she was responsible for commissioning a multicultural residential care facility in New South Wales which included the recruitment and training of bilingual and bicultural staff who served the several ethnic groups accommodated in the service.

In a different context, Anne was involved in forming a partnership between two ‘unlike’ communities from a non-English speaking background to form a mixed planned activity group which was a resounding success.

Expanding on this experience, she now manages Community Programs which include consumers from diverse ethnic communities.  She is currently working with the New Hope Foundation to implement an expanded Community Visitors’ program to new and emerging clients.

Anne maintains an interest in all aspects of aged care.

 

Manager Residential Services
Robert van Duuren
 
Robert has a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma Gerontic Nursing, Diploma of Frontline Management, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and is an Eden Associate.

An experienced registered nurse, Robert has worked in Aged Care since 1992 in a wide range of roles and responsibilities. He joined DutchCare in 2007 having acquired extensive knowledge in funding and care documentation as well as the accreditation and continuous improvement process in previous management roles.Past roles have required skills in leadership, supervision and operational management in both low and high residential care.

His main strengths include working effectively in a team environment, communicating well with the elderly and staff.  As an organized and systematic person, Robert is patient, approachable and positive in nature.  Robert is committed to Aged Care with sentimental interest in the Dutch community and culture.

 

Manager Business Development
Penni Michael

Penni Michael joined DutchCare to head up a new arm, MiCare, which provides services to people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.  MiCare draws on the experience of DutchCare as a long standing reputable aged care provider for our elders. 

Penni has a range of experience having worked in human services for 30 years.   She first began her work in child protection and has experience in children and family services, social planning and research, community development, employment services and aged care.  Penni has worked for state and local governments, the private sector and not for profit in senior and executive positions.  She has a Bachelor Degree and a Master’s in social work.  Her research paper was on the delivery of aged care services to elders of a CALD background who now constitute 30% of the Victorian aged.  Penni has a keen interest in and is an advocate for change in social policy, which addresses social justice issues and discrimination against fundamental human rights. She has presented at a number of conferences and participated in state and national working groups and is very committed to CALD responsive services in a range of settings.