Our Team

Meet our team of caring, compassionate professionals, dedicated to providing you and your family the best in-home care and support for your individual needs and preferences.

Sarah McAviney

Franchise Owner & Director

Sarah commenced working full time for Home Instead in 2014 after 20 years’ experience in managerial roles in the fashion industry.  In more recent times she is proud mother to Amber and Amelie and taking a little time out of Home Instead while on maternity leave.  After watching her husband Michael in the business for some time and after some personal experience with Dementia in her family she became increasingly interested in joining the business and ensuring clients in the community has the very best care options, providing flexibility and choice.  Sarah is passionate about clients getting the best possible service available and regularly deals with community in a collaborative way to ensure clients are getting a complete package of care. 

Virginia Hughes

Care Services Manager

Virginia joined the team in August 2014 with over 20 years of Management experience.  From her own words, "I am passionate about excellence in service and understanding your client - it is what will make a business stand out.  I have a corporate business background with previous roles in Sales Management, Merchandising, Business Management and Conferences and Events working in the retail industry and for a direct selling publishing house".

Virginia's role is in essence building and maintaining relationships within the Aged Care network and the community and creating visibility of Home Instead in the Sutherland Shire and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.  Virgina attends Industry meetings with other service providers which keeps our business and ultimately our clients better informed whilst also developing opportunities and events to support community initiatives such as the successful Art competition held for Seniors week.

Having spent many years raising my own family and caring for elderly parents I understand the demands on families these days and the joy and satisfaction of supporting elderly parents to stay in their home.  I am learning every day the privilege of working in an industry such as aged care and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with caregivers and staff to support our clients and seniors in the community and to grow and promote this worthwhile business.

Tanya Ward

Client Services Manager

Tanya joined our team in July 2015 bringing her varied experience in communication and project management roles. As the Knowledge Translation Coordinator with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre's, for example, her role was to work with varying  stakeholder groups, from researchers, to dementia groups, to carers in the home to find ways to translate research findings in Dementia into practical information and application that could assist people in their everyday lives.

Having been a carer in her own family, Tanya is mindful of the need to have patience and understanding in supporting people through an often challenging time of change in their life.  She understands the importance of finding ways to help individuals have as much independence as possible in their daily life, retaining a sense of normalcy and dignity.  She also understands the unique, rewarding but also challenging role of our CAREGivers and enjoys supporting them to make a difference, not only to the lives of our clients and their families but also to their own.