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Nursing group celebrates 10 year anniversary

Amy Darvall Kim Sutton

Care Connector recently celebrated its 10th anniversary through announcing the appointment of Kim Sutton as Holistic Nursing Solutions (HNS) chief executive officer. Kim will head parent company Care Connector and its entities, HNS and Holistic Care Solutions, based at the Burleigh Heads headquarters.

Kim brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior management for health, hospital and community focused organisations. She has been executive lead for business growth, strategy and operations at HNS. Prior to joining HNS she was CEO of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, executive director of LifeFlight Australia, and national head of major gifts partnerships and events at Oxfam Australia. She has also been acting CEO at West Arnhem Regional Council, and community development director of Alice Springs Town Council. Her diverse experience in primary health, community organisations, business development and major assets makes her highly qualified to lead HNS in a rapidly changing sector.

Kim will assume some key responsibilities from HNS founding director and registered nurse Amy Darvall. One of the nation’s top disability and rehabilitation community nurses, Darvall holds a master’s degree in wound care, has worked in the private community disability sector for more than 15 years and runs an approved NDIS service provider. She has participated in – and presented at – many innovative advanced wound, bladder and bowel projects both nationally and internationally. She also helped develop the world’s first international clinical practice guidelines for managing and preventing pressure injuries for patients living with spinal cord injuries, and delivering best practice to the wider community.

“I am very excited to elevate Kim after rapidly making an outstanding contribution to our company’s home-grown success. Her goals perfectly align with the future HNS envisions. This is an exciting new chapter for us, and we are confident Kim will deliver strategic growth and value. Everyone deserves individualised treatment and care. Our highly trained clinicians will continue delivering comprehensive assessments for care plans that are tailored to each individual’s needs,” Darvall said.

Kim formally commenced her new position on 20 November 2023. Ongoing support will be provided to help Kim transition into her elevated role. Kim said, “I am extremely passionate about improving quality of life in our local community, so I am absolutely thrilled to play an even bigger part in helping Care Connector deliver excellent care and participants to live more independent and fulfilling lives.”

Primary objectives for the coming year include growing organisational impact for communities it serves. She will also oversee the launch of new products and lead a major recruitment drive to fill new roles across Queensland, and New South Wales. Positions will be advertised on the HNS website in 2024.

Care Connector specialises in providing high-quality community nursing and attendant care services via its two divisions: HNS and Holistic Care Solutions. The company supports people with catastrophic and acquired injury and disability. HNS is celebrating a decade of delivering private, community, NDIS-registered, highly qualified and skilled nursing services, caring for those living with spinal conditions and other catastrophic or acquired injuries.

Since 2014 HNS health experts have spent more than 100,000 hours assessing and managing wounds, continence and providing high-quality sex and fertility support services across Australia. Their full service and person-centred one off assessments, short term care and regular substantial (weekly or 24/7) care have helped patients maximise functional independence and wellbeing in the comfort of their own home. The company works closely with those on state-based road and workplace insurance schemes who sustained lifetime catastrophic and acquired injuries. They are also leaders in education and training to support like-minded organisations, and both formally and informally support the community.

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