Employee stories

We have asked a number of our valued people to share a little of their story at Calvary.


Tamara Prostran

Tamara Gusa

National ICT Operations Manager

When did you join Calvary and in what capacity?

I commenced work at Wakefield Hospital as a Patent Liaison Officer, in 2000 while I was completing my Bachelor of Psychology degree at the University of South Australia. From 2000 to 2008 I had few roles within the hospital leading to eventually becoming their Patient Services Manager, in 2004 responsible for patient administration and billing. I become part of Calvary when LCMHC purchased the three Ramsay Hospitals in Adelaide, including Wakefield, while I was completing my Master’s degree. I continued in this role until 2008 when I was successful in gaining a position within National ICT.

What path has your employment at Calvary taken?

I initially commenced with National ICT (NICT) team as a PAS Consultant, responsible for the support iPM across 12 facilities. With the growth of applications and services provided by NICT also came a growth in my areas of responsibility and a formal restructure of my role, leading to the position of National PAS Business Analyst in 2010. Post 2010. further applications and services were added to National ICT (e.g. Medchart, Medtech, etc.) and there was a need to restructure NICT team to cater for additional activity. As a result I was asked to take on a role of National PAS and Clinical Systems Manager in 2011.

What have been some of the benefits or highlights (and/or learnings) of working at Calvary?

Calvary has provided me with an opportunity to venture into areas I never thought I would do when I started as a Patient Liaison Officer in 2000. In those days I would have never thought that my career would take the path that it has. I never saw myself in a role of IT, but probably due to my studies, I always was had some passion for working in Health Sector.

Calvary has provided me with an opportunity to learn about clinical systems and process and the role that information technology can play in providing efficiencies to a health care organisation. Outside of technology, this role has also provided me with life skills such as project management, change management, and dealing with the people on the ground they are at their most vulnerable.

What advice would you have for someone just joining or considering joining Calvary?

Be open to new ideas; think outside the square as you don’t know where that may take you. If you have a passion about something let people know.


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Kris Salisbury

National Manager Clinical Services

When did you join Calvary and in what capacity?

I joined Calvary in October 2010 as Director of Clinical Services (DCS) at Calvary North Adelaide.

What path has your employment at Calvary taken?

I spent 18 months in the role of DCS Calvary North Adelaide, built a solid team of clinical managers and we commenced the redevelopment program of the Theatre, St Helens and Maternity. I also gained experience in enterprise agreement negotiations. In May 2012 I was appointed the CEO of Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital where I was successful in growth of the business, developed processes and structure. I was proud and honoured to work with a great team whose passion and drive was to improve the lives of the people they cared for.

Most recently I have been appointed into the newly created position of National Manager Clinical Services. The primary purpose of this role is to manage implementation of projects related to clinical operations and clinical improvement systems.

What have been some of the benefits or highlights (and/or learning’s) of working at Calvary?

Being part of a wider organisation with four streams provides for opportunity for growth and experience in a whole range of health and community services.

The values at Calvary are not just something that sits on the wall but they permeate the organisation. I love the Mary Potter story. Who wouldn’t want to work for an organisation that was built by strong, passionate, driven women!

I’ve learnt that you never stop learning. You learn more in difficult times more than the easy ones. That is when you really develop your skills but you need to be tenacious and resilient.

What advice would you have for someone just joining or considering joining Calvary?

Be open and receptive to all the opportunities that are out there. Link into the network that is Calvary (unofficial and official links).  They are going to be your support to get through challenges that we all face from time to time.  Be patient!


Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson

Director Clinical Services, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

When did you join Calvary and in what capacity?

I first joined Calvary in August 2003 as Community Palliative Care Services (CPCS) nurse.

What path has your employment at Calvary taken?

I am currently in my 4th or 5th position here. In 2006, I moved from CPCS nurse to a team leader position still in community care. In early 2007, I moved into a management position as a Director of Nursing (DON) and then permanently into the role in mid-2007, and into the Director of Clinical Services from 2010. I don’t even feel like I have been at Calvary for as long as I have because I have had such a variety of challenges.

What have been some of the benefits or highlights (and/or learning’s) of working at Calvary?

As I have travelled across sites, there is something very special about Calvary and it feels different when you walk in to Calvary service. You feel value in what you are doing and the difference you are making to people’s lives. It is such a privilege to work in the organisation.

If I walk into other health services, they provide excellent care but it doesn’t have the feel like Calvary services does. That is one of the things that drew me to the organisation and has kept me in the organisation.

A benefit of working at Calvary is the amount of opportunity for professional development. The Group provides a wealth of opportunity for its employees. Also the Group continues to learn itself and as a result it values its people. Calvary is good at identifying people to support and develop professionally.

What advice would you have for someone just joining or considering joining Calvary?

I would say they need to be open to opportunity because it is there at Calvary. Be open to the different possibilities, often careers are not planned and you can end up in good places.
Calvary is a very caring and supported environment and it is an organisation that will take risks and is innovative in order to service the community and provide high-quality care. At Calvary they are not words that hang on a wall, it is something that is lived and breathed.


Jane Fischer

Dr Jane Fischer

Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

When did you join Calvary and in what capacity?

I joined Calvary in August 2001 as the Clinical Director of Palliative Care at Bethlehem Hospital, as part of the executive team, with managerial and clinical aspects.

What path has your employment at Calvary taken?

As I was part of the executive team in my original role it gave me the opportunity to act in the CEO role after a few years. When CEO left in 2006, I was approached by National CEO to see if I would apply for the job and it just progressed from there. At time was uncertain if I had skills and so I acted in the role for 6 months before being appointed permanently as the CEO and Medical Director. I received developmental and support from the organisation to develop my career down this path. If someone said 10 years ago I would be here working as the CEO I would have laughed.

What have been some of the benefits or highlights (and/or learning’s) of working at Calvary?

Some of highlights are the inspiration of the sisters and of the journey they went through out here and this is what we are continuing today – caring for the sick and the dying. I know we are making a difference in people’s lives and this is a key benefit and it flows through the organisation.

There a sense of team and we are well supported by the executive team. The move to new national reporting structure was positive and it promotes another sense of team with Brenda in national role. I came from GP background and you work in isolation and coming here is a big emphasis on working as team and respecting others as individuals. Importance is placed on people and valuing workplace.

What advice would you have for someone just joining or considering joining Calvary?

I would tell them that the spirit of Calvary is something important and when people walk into the service they complement Bethlehem, they feel there is a difference and they feel welcomed and treated with respect.

When working for Calvary there is a sense of caring for the staff. There is pride in what we do and we make a difference in people’s lives.

My message to new employees during inductions is to about our values and how we are all mission leaders, that we inherited this path and are responsible for the care and mission at Calvary.