Neighbourhood
Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Occupational Therapist & Coach

Perth, WA

Evan is our occupational therapist and coach. He has worked in health care for over 20 years as across a range of clinical areas including employment support and workplace modification, paediatrics, positive behaviour support, specialist equipment prescription, assistive technology, home modifications, custom designed and manufactured solutions.

He has worked for large not for profit organisations in the community services sector and has held clinical management, clinical governance and executive management roles.

Evan says: “My passions are my family, learning new things and working in a role that allows me to make a positive difference in people’s lives and that is what has always attracted me to health care.”

He is from Perth and is still here because he finds it to be an amazing place to live.

“At Neighbourhood Care I hope to be part of creating a new and better way to provide holistic and truly person centred care through supports delivered by small local self managing teams under a genuine Buurtzorg model.”

When not at work, Evan likes to keep himself busy with his hobbies, which include mountain bike riding, climbing, reading and making things in his workshop.

Melissa Jarman

Melissa Jarman

Support Worker

Perth, WA

Melissa is our lead Support Worker in Team Wanneroo. She has been working in health care since the age of 13 and enjoys every minute. Melissa  loves helping people and being active in social and community environments. Melissa posseses excellent interpersonal skills and is very organised, which makes a huge impact to those she provides support and assistance to.

Melissa prefers to be called Mel and in her words “I am looking forward to a fulfilling career and meeting new people while working with Neighbourhood Care.”

Mel is from Kent, England and currently lives in Perth. She is passionate about health and fitness for both herself and her family. She, her two teenage boys and husband Joe also have a dog. Mel says her life is busy but filled with excitement, fun and love.

Mel is available for your daily and social activity support needs as well as a cup of tea when you are ready to to have a chat with a Neighbourhood Care Team member.

Therapy Dog Bu

Therapy Dog Bu

Therapy Support Dog (in training)

Gold Coast, QLD

Bu is a 15-month Cavoodle pup who continues his Therapy Support Training with Special Needs for people of all ages. Part of Bu’s training with company “Calm Paws” consists of learning commands with no voice but with only sign language so he is able to work with non-verbal people. He loves his days off at the beach, park and his 3 favourite friends who are laying hens Doloris, Zinger and Tones. The connections he has made with clients and various communities is very heart warming.

Jade Flynn

Jade Flynn

Trainee Support Worker

Perth, WA

Jade is our Trainee Support Worker at Team Wanneroo. Currently she is studying to get her Certificate III in Individual Care and Support. Jade is highly motivated to work in disability supports and aged care as she likes the idea of making a positive contribution to someone’s life and wellbeing and to enable them to live their best life.

Jade is originally from the UK but now lives in the Northern Suburbs of Perth. In her free time, Jade enjoys staying fit and she likes to to go to the gym.

“As a team member at Neighbourhood Care, I hope to be able to apply my positive attitude and will to care for people in the Wanneroo community.”

Arnold Stroobach

Arnold Stroobach

Chief Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Care


Arnold is our CEO, he grew up in the Netherlands near Amsterdam. He studied medical informatics in Amsterdam and did his MBA in Utrecht. He is married to Joska and they have two grown daughters. Arnold and family moved  to Perth in 2005.

He was the CEO of Technology Parks in Australia from 2005 to 2014 and during that time he was involved in many (bio) medical and innovative healthcare companies. In 2011, Arnold was one of the co-founders of Spacecubed, now the largest co-working and innovation space in Perth. From 2008 to 2018, he was in addition to his normal job, the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands to WA and supported economic development, cooperation between universities and the mutual cultural heritage of both countries.

In 2017, Brett and Arnold joined forces to start Future Proof Australia. He says: “Since October 2017 we have become involved with Buurtzorg after a visit to the Netherlands and in March 2018 Future Proof became the official representative of Buurtzorg in Australia.” His passion is innovation and creating new businesses, especially in the field of social innovation, where he can combine it with his medical background.

“I love to be part of Buurtzorg’s journey that is now spreading around the world.”

Brett Parker

Brett Parker

Co-Founder & Back Office Support

Perth, WA

Brett is a Co-Founder of the Neighbourhood Care Group and operates the Back Office for the Group in Perth, Western Australia. Although born in the local suburb of Mt. Lawley in Perth he grew up for some of his childhood in Melbourne before returning for during his teen years. He now lives in Menora in a 100-year-old heritage property. Brett is passionate about cars and loves collecting special models that have a unique aspect to them.

He has worked in disability and health care related industries in finance roles for over a decade. From his experience he says: “The best part about the industry is the capacity to do something to help someone else.”

As a part of the Neighbourhood Care team, Brett wants to change how services are provided so people get the help and support they need.

Ilse Trienekens

Ilse Trienekens

People and Development Advisor


Ilse is our People and Development Advisor from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She moved to Perth, WA 1.5 years ago for love and has stayed since. She is passionate about fitness and health, friends and family, and she also loves cooking.

During her time in Australia, she has spent the past year working with Neighbourhood Care. In the Netherlands, she worked in Aged Care facilities and has conducted research on employee satisfaction in health care providers moving from an hierarchical organisational structure to self-management.

What she loves about healthcare and Neighbourhood Care is that we can help, enable people to life their life in a way that is suited to their needs and wants. Ilse says: “I hope we can achieve a meaningful contribution to people’s life, where they feel empowered and supported to reach their desired goals in all phases of their life.”

 

Anne-Marije de Jong

Anne-Marije de Jong

Project & Administration Assistant

Perth, WA

Anne-Marije is our Project and Administration Assistant, who moved to Perth in 2018. She is originally from the Netherlands, where she taught the English language to teenagers & adults. Anne says that this is one of her greatest passions, alongside reading books from all kinds of genres. She enjoys arranging things and her good organisational skills are useful for her role at Neighbourhood Care.

“This is my first encounter with health care and it is a pleasant one, I really believe in the Buurtzorg model and cannot wait for all the good things that are come in my journey with Neighbourhood Care.” Her enthusiasm enables her to contribute to the enjoyable work atmosphere and fulfil her role in this team by providing assistance for the back office.

Johanna Koks

Johanna Koks

Junior Business Advisor


Johanna is one of our back office supports, with a focus on digital marketing. She is originally from Estonia and moved to Perth during her high school years. She says: “Moving here was great because I love nature, and Perth has many opportunities to spend time outdoors.”

Johanna has been in healthcare for nearly 2 years, with most of her experience coming from working in patient support at the hospital. According to her “Working with Neighbourhood Care is a great opportunity to get to know the healthcare sector from a different perspective by exposing myself to home care.”

Johanna’s favourite part about helping people in healthcare is seeing them improve and seeing the substantial difference her work can make on someone’s life. In her time with Neighbourhood Care Johanna wants to gain new experiences and insight into revolutionised home and community care.