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Rob Hankins - Executive Chair

Rob Hankins Tierra Health

“I am passionate about providing great services and affordable homes that enrich the lives of our older citizens.”

Rob Hankins is a highly experienced senior executive, having been involved in the human services sectors (aged care, retirement living and private hospitals) in most states in Australia and overseas since migrating in 1979. From managing single entities to large complex groups, he understands the issues, challenges and critical success factors for organisations to achieve their strategic goals.
From mid-2001 until early 2015, Rob was the Chief Executive of ECH Inc., a large charitable provider of affordable retirement homes and aged care services in South Australia. Under his leadership, ECH grew from a $36M to a $126M turnover business, providing a broad range of aged care and housing services to more than 8,000 older people each year.

More recently, Rob has assisted organisations with strategic advisory services and interim chief executive roles to re-position and underpin their services in their marketplace. Clients have appreciated his extensive connections, reputation and ability to identify and deliver creative, sustainable solutions to complex challenges.
Rob is an experienced board director and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a strategist, facilitator and implementer – who combines the notion of ‘risk and opportunity’ while ensuring long-term sustainability – he knows how to create the right balance between governance, risk management and business growth. He has lead several strategic acquisition and divestment initiatives.

Rob has also served as National President and Chair of Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and, in 2014, he received ACSA's Individual Award for Services to the Aged Care Sector.

When Rob has a moment to himself, he likes to don his running gear and head off on tracks that take him away from city streets into Australia’s wonderful semi-rural environment.

Shanthi Mitchell (RN) - Manager


Shanthi holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Dip Management and Dip Mental Health.

Shanthi has held management roles in aged care since 2006 and since joining Tierra Healthcare Group has been involved in complex projects including remedial work in Sanctions and Sanction related closures.

Shanthi brings a high level of systematic thinking and compliance focus to the team.


Kim Frawley (RN) - Manager


Kim has extensive experience as a facility manager in aged care in both church and charitable and private aged care homes.

Kim joined Tierra Healthcare Group as a Project Manager who works in clients services augmenting the management team and implementing structures to ensure sustainable care and services.

Kim has more recently had experience being brought in as Nurse Advisor to a residential aged care facility under Sanction.


Gabrielle Halbegebauer (RN) - Clinical Systems Manager


Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Masters Health Science and Grad. Cert Clinical Practice. Gabrielle brings to the team an advanced knowledge and practice in clinical and specialised nursing.

Since joining Tierra Healthcare Group Gabrielle has established our clinical systems including implementing eCase at our serviced managed facility, along with the development (writing) and implementation of over 100 Tool Box Talks for all staff designations in aged care – designed to create a culture of learning.