Making the decision that you or your loved one needs to enter Sydney aged care can be daunting and emotional.
Which is why here at Fairlea, our primary mission is to recreate fond memories though shared experiences. And since many family memories begin with food, we put a lot of effort and care into our residents’ food experiences.
After all, food creates and strengthens bonds with family and friends, connects people and brings joy and warmth into our lives.
Our hope is to not only foster and evoke old memories, but to build new ones with your Fairlea family.
And, of course, quality of life extends beyond food, which is why we strive to build a solid nursing home community that nurtures our residents and their families sense of belonging. We know that “fitting in” is crucial to health, wellbeing and mental acuity.
At Fairlea, we are guided by the same values that guide a family – respect, compassion, love, comfort safety and encouragement, along with the chance to enjoy private moments and a suitable level of independence.
As for our staff – the caregivers and confidants our residents and their loved ones rely upon – we only employ those that carry these same family values. And we train and develop them so they can always perform at their best, upholding our high standard.
When you choose Fairlea, you are choosing an aged care provider committed to providing an enriching experience for your loved one. Personal care she can trust for over 30 years.
For more information or to book a visit, please contact us.
Garrison Ash Consulting administers and manages the Fairlea brand on behalf of the Aged Care Approved Providers of this website
Sam has been the Managing Director of Garrison Ash Consulting since 2002. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management; was an Adviser on the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Adviser’s Panel; and is an Approved Provider of Residential Aged Care in Australia under the Aged Care Act 1997.
Before joining Garrison Ash, Sam was a partner at Trinity Management Services. He has consulting experience in aged care, physiotherapy and retail services in NSW and Victoria. His current board involvement includes Fairlea Residential Aged Care, Crown Gardens Residential Aged Care Facilities and Blakes Preparatory School.
Sam completed the MBA (Executive) with distinction at the Australian Graduate School of Management, conferred jointly by the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales.
Sumi has more than 20 years’ professional experience working with clients and organisations, from small business through to multi-nationals, predominantly in the Financial Services & Residential Aged Care sectors.
She started her career in the corporate world as a marketer, and held positions at listed companies including DuPont and Western Union . She has managed client portfolios spanning across 15 countries in the APAC region and demonstrated her ability to build brands, volumes, profit and market share.
Sumi began working as a marketing consultant for Garrison Ash in 2002. She proved to an innovative and high-energy sales, marketing and product leader, with a proven ability to deliver outstanding business results.
Sumi’s innovative strategic planning and leadership capabilities saw ultimately to become our Chief Executive Officer in 2012. She has a proven ability in talent acquisition and performance management, which has been crucial to the growth and success of Garrison Ash and its clients. She is currently responsible for leading an organisation that manages 340 employees.
Sumi’s extensive experience has equipped her with the business know-how of marketing strategy, business development, project management, and organisational development to bring about growth and long-term benefits to residential aged care owners and their customers.
Sumi holds an MBA (Executive) from the National University of Singapore and is a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) of the Australian Marketing Institute.
Facility Director Peter Fung has been a registered nurse for 41 years, starting in a Hong Kong government hospital in the 1970s through the British hospital-base training system.
In 1987, the hospital sent him to Perth to study rehabilitation nursing in order to start up a new rehabilitation unit in the hospital.
He received a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) degree at the University of Newcastle in 1990, and later migrated to Australia to continue his nursing career in Sydney. He also holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training.
Since 1990, Peter has focused on aged care and worked in a Chinese specific nursing home, climbing the ranks to Director of Nursing before helping commission and managing another brand new Chinese specific nursing home.
Peter joined Garrison Ash in 2013 at Facility Director at Rosehill Campus of Fairlea Aged Care.
He is always on hand to share his knowledge with visitors, residents, or families and happy to guide people through admission or during their stay.
He speaks English as well as Cantonese and Mandarin, which helps facilitate communication for our Chinese residents and their families who prefer speaking Chinese.
Diana Gan, the Facility Director our Harris Park campus has been in the aged care sector for almost 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
Her previous roles included clinical appointments as Deputy Director of Nursing at a dementia specific hostel and Assistant Manager at a low level hostel, both for Uniting Care Australia. More recently she has held senior operations roles in private organisations, providing sound business leadership, ensuring the centre achieved three-yearly accreditations, and providing support and peace of mind to residents and their families.
Diana is a Registered Nurse, qualified with a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Nursing (specialising in adult education and change management), both from the University of Sydney. She also holds a Juris Doctor, a masters’ level law degree through the University of Technology, Sydney. This has served to complement Diana’s current role in the increasingly regulated aged care industry.
Director of Nursing at Fairlea Aged Care, Penshurst, David started his aged care career in 2006 working for Moran Health Care Group, Principle Aged Care and Uniting Care Ageing. He joined Garrison Ash in 2011 as a Deputy Director of Nursing and was promoted to Facility Director in 2014.
David’s holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the Australia Catholic University, and a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Wollongong.
Having worked from the ground up, he brings a wealth of experience across all facets of the aged care business, including in support roles while he was gaining his nursing qualifications.
David’s focus, determination and strategic thinking saw him quickly progress into managerial roles. He develops high performance teams and excels in handling industrial relationships.
David’s ability to set goals and achieve them within quick deadlines has been an asset to our company. He is a strategic and creative thinker, who brings energy and solutions to reality.
Gee Yong Sor has a wealth of experience in nursing, spanning across 38 years, and has been a valuable asset to Garrison Ash. Her experience comprises more than 13 years in management, including Director of Nursing (DON) at Fairlea Aged Care (2000-2008) and as Acting DON at Crown Gardens Aged Care (2011- present). Between these positions, she worked as a Client Relationship Consultant and Corporate Educator for Garrison Ash, a role she continues alongside her DON responsibilities.
Gee Yong holds numerous qualifications, including certificates in General Nursing (1976) and Midwife Nursing (1977); an Associate Diploma in Clinical Nursing Studies (Gerontology) (1989); a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (2005); a Certificate in Assessment Fundamentals Part 1(Aged Care Quality Assessor’s course) (2009); an Accredited Certificate IV in Palliative Care education (2010). She speaks fluent English, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka dialects) and Bahasa.
She has successfully led Fairlea through three rounds of accreditation (2000, 2003 and 2006); she also assisted in the accreditation of Crown Gardens in 2009; furthermore, she recently in 2011 led a new team to achieve accreditation for a new low care section of Crown Gardens, whilst simultaneously raising occupancy and improving the wage/ACFI ratio.
But most importantly, she strives to ensure staff are motivated to deliver the highest quality service that “delights” our residents.
Since 2013, Xue has been the Care Manager of Fairlea’s Harris Park campus. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing as well as a Masters of Nursing (Leadership) in 2015 from Western Sydney University.
Xue has 10 years registered nurse experience in aged care and has worked as a Deputy Director of Nursing and an Acting Director of Nursing for Cabirini Nursing home.
She successfully led Harris Park through 2014 Accreditation, while supervision clinical care and coaching staff. She is able to set goals and lead staff to achieve them within a short timeframe.
Xue has been instrumental in our quality improvement, WH&S, and infection control. Her excellent problem solving skills promoted high quality of resident’s care, better customer services and supported smooth running of facility operations.
Our founder, Dr Nancy Fung, has worked in aged care since graduating from nursing in 1968. As a woman of faith, nursing was a calling, not a career.
“When I graduated from nursing in 1968, my first job was working in the nursing home. I witnessed many frustrating incidences of elderly and the emotional trauma they experienced. For example, it was the birthday of an elderly woman. She was very excited and got up very early in the morning.
When we showed and dressed her, she told us that her only son promised that he would take her out for lunch for her birthday. We set her hair and got her sitting up to wait for the arrival of her son. I was very sad, as I watched the emotional stress of this lady throughout the day. It was like a lovely fresh flower, gradually withered in front of me. By the time I went off work in the afternoon, the son still has not turned up.
This lovely lady turned from an upright position to a slumped posture, with her head down, very tired, and we have to put her back into bed. This was so sad! I witnessed this kind of incident over and over again.
I prayed to God: one day, if you are willing, I wish to have a nursing home which will provide a homely environment, with love and care, and to encourage the relatives to be involved in the care, so residents would not feel disbanded, but continue to enjoy their golden years. At that stage, I was very young and has no idea of what would be involved in establishing a nursing home. It was just a dream and a prayer to God!”
Dr. Fung and her husband risked everything they had to buy their first 24-bed nursing home at Penshurst, which has now grown to 72 beds. Here she established a home where nurses cared deeply for the residents, and where residents were cared for in an environment of interaction, connection, food family and friends.
In 1986, Fairlea expanded to include the 52-place facility in Rosehill, Sydney; and in 2010 Fairlea acquired the Chesalon Nursing Home in Harris Park, then renovated and added another wing to the building in order to provide another 50 beds to the community.
Dr Fung’s impressive educational qualifications include a PhD and three Masters’ Degree in the fields of education, nursing, and theology.
She applies her research to the management philosophy at Fairlea and has seen many improvements in general aged care over the course of her career.
For example, her latest research showed that aged care residents benefit from counselling due to depression and feelings of isolation. As an innovation, Fairlea introduced this counselling services at for both the residents and their relatives to help them transition during this difficult time. The nursing home also employs a raft of allied health professionals to ensure residents to receive a high quality of life.
Fairlea also places strong emphasis on staff support and offers counselling to all staff, recognising that aged-care staff can suffer stress and burnout and they know that healthy staff equals healthy residents.
As an English and Cantonese speaker, Dr Fung also mentors Chinese students and lectures at Moore Theological College.