We were founded as a retreat for the elderly, providing retirees or those approaching retirement with a place to relax and enjoy an independent, active, and social lifestyle. Long serving as one of Tasmania’s most comprehensive aged care providers, our previous name – Island Care, represented the last 50 years of our heritage.
Respect Group Limited (Respect) is a not for profit organisation that began in Ulverstone in 1962 when a group of community members developed a plan to build a local aged care home.
This was led by a Methodist man called William Purton, however the organisation was formed by a group of Christian people from many different denominations.
The work began when William took out a loan to purchase some farming land close to Ulverstone. The land was worked by local community members to pay off the loan, and the group then subdivided the land and sold the lots with the profit going into building the new aged care home. The 34 bed Eliza Purton Home (named after William’s mother) was built and opened in 1964.
The Eliza Purton Home expanded over the years to 99 beds, and in 1995 built another home, Coroneagh Park, in Penguin. In 2006, Respect acquired Tyler Village in Launceston.
In 2014, Respect acquired the Alcheringa Group, a non-profit aged care organisation in Victoria with aged care homes in Swan Hill, Pyramid Hill and St Arnaud. In 2016, Respect acquired St Ann’s Homes, which included St Ann’s home in Davey Street, Hobart, and Wellington Views in Old Beach.
In 2017, Respect acquired Cohuna Village in Cohuna, Victoria. And in January 2019, Respect acquired St John’s in Wangaratta. Respect, under our ‘Respect Living’ brand also owns 250 units in four retirement villages and independent living complexes. All of these services have successfully integrated into Respect, and our head office remains in the main street of Ulverstone.
Vision, Mission & Values
We believe the elderly created the society we now have the privilege to live in, and all people, regardless of age, deserve dignity and respect. We believe the elderly are individual people, with rich histories and worthwhile lives, and age does not diminish their value. We have a responsibility to ensure the elderly are respected, valued, and enjoy a quality of life. Our Vision represents a world where the elderly feel respected, valued and enjoy a quality of life. Our Mission is to care for the elderly in our communities in an environment of respect, value and belonging.
Encourage, cooperate and build trust.
Do the right thing, even when it’s difficult.
Think differently to solve problems.
Treat all people with fairness and dignity.
Look after, protect the elderly, and each other.
Be open, honest and trustworthy.
Drive quality to continuously improve.
To care for the elderly in our communities in an environment of respect, value and belonging.
Meet Our Team
CHIEF EXECUITIVE OFFICER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
MBA, Chartered Accountant, Bachelor of Commerce, GAICD
"Respect is treating people as equals, no matter the difference in age, gender, race, sexuality, position, or any other difference."View full profile
Jason has significant experience in general management and leadership as well as specialisations in finance, workplace relations and information technology. He, and the executive team, have performed many significant company turnarounds and are experienced in both organic, and merger and amalgamation growth, including successful company acquisitions and consolidations.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)
"Many years ago when deciding what to do with my life I decided to take a year out and volunteer looking after people with Multiple Sclerosis. It was this experience which galvanized within me the deep belief that everyone, regardless of ability, age and capacity deserves fundamental respect as another human being."View full profile
Brett has been a catalyst in the effective operation of Respect’s aged care homes through the implementation of robust clinical systems, structures and processes that provide strong compliance across the organisation.
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER
Bachelor of Business (Hons)
"Respect means to treat others with fairness and dignity, to celebrate diversity and acknowledge different views."View full profile
Nick ensures compliance with human resources and workplace relations legislative requirements as well as being the lead in industrial relations issues. Previously Nick managed the human resources and workplace relations consulting services provided by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Immediately before that, he was engaged as a workplace relations consultant, providing consulting services to Tasmanian employers.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Bachelor of Commerce, CPA
"Respect is understanding that we’re part of a wider community. When we feel we belong, treating each other with love and dignity comes easily. Because without care, there can be no community."View full profile
Amy ensures compliance with financial legislative requirements, ensures the organisation is performing to budget and forecasts and performs numerous management accounting tasks for analysis and performance improvement. Previously Amy has worked in a number of accounting firms in general accounting and audit.
Information & Communications Technology Manager
Bachelor of Computing
"Respect is something we need to show to all and is demonstrated through our actions. Everything we do and say to others makes a statement about our regard for them. When we are genuine and caring we will be thought of as showing respect."View full profile
Michael is responsible for the vision, strategy and day-to-day operational success of our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems. Previously Michael worked as the IT Manager for Fairfax Media in Tasmania.
Retirement Living & Marketing Manager
Bachelor of Business (Hons)
"Respect is earned through actions not words. It is something to be treasured as it often takes a lifetime to earn but can be lost in an instant. "View full profile
Michael is responsible for driving the marketing strategy of the business, including everything from the research stage through to execution. His approach focuses on utilising data and customer insights to guide the marketing direction. He has a wide variety of experience in both traditional marketing communications and also digital marketing applications. Prior to joining Respect, Michael performed various marketing and business development roles with Federal Group and Fosters Group in Tasmania.