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“We see our advocacy creating positive change for people who are disadvantaged or isolated, beyond bureaucracy to encourage a fair and just community.”

Reverend Peter Peter

‘We see a brighter future for all South Australians through the work we do in reaching out to those experiencing hardship and vulnerability, and advocating for a fairer and more compassionate society.”


“We see our services for older people as an opportunity and a privilege. It is very special to contribute to supporting and enhancing people’s quality of life as they become older.”


Mel Ottaway

With over 20 years’ experience in the aged care sector, Mel (Executive Manager, Aged Care) has helped to build and strengthen Uniting Communities’ commitment to older people. Through merging community aged care and residential programs, she is supporting the delivery of a seamless service offering to a wider range of people, supporting them to live well.

Rev Peter McDonald

Peter (Executive Manager, Advocacy and Community Relations) has wide experience in church and community groups, helping Uniting Communities to drive change at a broader policy level. This year, significant advocacy from the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker project team resulted in the South Australian government committing to fund a permanent dialysis service on the APY Lands.

Simon Schrapel

Simon (Chief Executive) has more than 35 years of experience in the social services sector. He is leading the planning for Uniting Communities’ $80 million redevelopment in the Adelaide CBD, which will incorporate unique retirement city living and accommodation for people living with disability.

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