About Capecare


Capecare celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2021. Our founders, Jack and Maud Ray would have been proud of the progress made and delighted with the plans for the future.

In the 1920’s the Rays lived in Karlgarin, a small town in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia. In the early 1960’s they sold their farm in Karlgarin and purchased 20 acres of beachfront land in Busselton.

It was their vision to use the land for charitable purposes, specifically care of the aged. Development of the site commenced in 1962, with the hostel opening in 1969 and the nursing home in 1980.

“The object is to take care of the poorer people who are unable to do anything themselves. It could grow into something quite big… Our object is to look after the aged people but later we may find that we want to do something else for charity.” – Maud Ray

Capecare is today the largest regionally based independent aged care provider in WA, employing over 200 staff and assisted by more than 50 volunteers, and remains a tribute to the vision of Jack and Maud Ray and Charles Cunningham.

We continue to build on our history, experience and expertise to provide some of the most modern and forward-thinking services available to become the south west’s provider and employer of choice in aged care.

Charitable Status

Capecare provides home and community care, retirement living and residential aged care services to older people. We are a registered charity in Western Australia and with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission and operates for a not-for-profit (community benefit) purpose.

As a registered charity, the profits we generate benefit our residents, clients and staff, and the wider community, not shareholders. Details of our financial status are available in our latest Annual Report.

Make a Bequest

Making a bequest will help us to continue to provide quality care and support now and into the future.

A bequest can be in the form of a specific amount or as a percentage of your estate, or you may prefer to donate items of value. You can choose an option that best suits you.


If you’d like to make a difference to people’s lives, you can by making a donation to Capecare. If you would like your donation to go to a specific area, please mention this to us when you make your donation or enter as a description when using EFT. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Payments can be made by EFT, cheque or credit card.

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Vision and Mission

PURPOSE: To deliver quality care, infrastructure and partnerships that enable people of the Capes’ region to thrive in their community as they age.

VISION:  Enabling people as they age, to live connected, enriched lives as valued members of the Capes’ community.


Compassion:  To act with honesty, empathy and kindness.

Respect: To be attentive and present so people feel heard, valued and acknowledged.

Partnership: To engage and work collaboratively through shared purpose to achieve goals.

Commitment: To take responsibility and strive for excellence with passion and positivity.


Capecare is governed by a board which sets the strategic direction and overall policy framework within which the Executive team manage the effective operation of care services and related business activities.

Martha Ryan


Martha was appointed to the Board of Capecare in October 2017 becoming the Chair of the Board.

Martha enjoyed a long legal career mainly in financial services, insurance and general commercial law.

Martha has extensive Board and senior executive experience with specialist knowledge in the areas of legal, corporate governance, strategy, risk and compliance.

Martha is committed to assisting local not for profit organisations and becoming involved in the community.

Glyn Palmer

Deputy Chairperson

Glyn was appointed to the Board of Capecare in October 2019, becoming Deputy Chair in 2021 and is a member of the Clinical Governance Subcommittee.

Glyn joins the Board bringing a wealth of experience as a clinician and also a respected senior leader in the private not for profit and public health care sector, including positions of Chief Executive Officer at St John of God Hospital Murdoch and Regional Director East Metropolitan Health Service. Glyn has had numerous Board appointments comprising of Member of the Advisory Committee’s at three of Perth’s universities and later serving as Chairman of the Nursing Advisory Committee and Member of the Medical Advisory Committee at Notre Dame University. Glyn is a Registered General Nurse with a Masters in Health Administration.

Yvonne Robinson

Yvonne was appointed to the Board of Capecare in May 2016 and is the Chair of the Clinical Governance Subcommittee.

Yvonne, and her husband John established the Duchess Medical Practice in 1987 where Yvonne was the practice manager. She then joined the staff at GP Down South holding many roles’ including CEO, delivering health related programs across the South West.

Yvonne is a member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She has served on a number of Boards and Committees including Busselton Water, the District Health Advisory Committee and Uniting Outreach Busselton. Yvonne brings strong skills in corporate governance, clinical governance and risk management.

Jeffrey Dick

Jeffrey was appointed to the Board of Capecare in October 2019 and is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Subcommittee.

Jeffrey has had an extensive career at Board level in investment and asset management in Australia and overseas, holding both a MA Honours and Masters in Economics. Jeffrey is now retired and residing in Dunsborough and continues his investment practice as a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and is an active mentor of young Finance professionals through FINSIA. Jeffrey is committed to assisting organisations that benefit the local community and to apply his experience and expertise to Capecare.

Dr Mostyn Hamdorf

Mostyn was elected to the Board of Capecare in April 2022 and is a member of the Clinical Governance Subcommittee.

He has been a GP for over 30 years and is a Fellow of the College of Remote and Rural Medicine. His clinical interests include all aspects of family medicine, chronic disease management, fertility management, women’s health, acupuncture and medical education. Mostyn has also been very active in the not for profit primary health care sector providing medical services for the disadvantaged through his involvement with GP Down South Pty Ltd.

Lisa Shreeve

Lisa is an experienced leader with a history of board involvement, financial management, strategic planning and cultural engagement. Appointed to the Capecare board in April 2023, Lisa brings to the board significant skills in strategic and business development, marketing and communications, fundraising, accounting, finance and technology. She has been CEO of Busselton Jetty Inc since 2015.

Lesley Hooper

Lesley joined the board of Capecare in April 2023. She has significant experience in fundraising, marketing and communications, strategic and business development, has been a business owner and is a qualified teacher. Lesley has worked with high profile West Australian not-for-profit organisations PMH Foundation and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and is a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Executive Management

Joanne Penman CEO Capecare

Joanne Penman

Chief Executive Officer

Joanne Penman commenced as Capecare’s Chief Executive Officer in October 2021.

For more than 20 years Jo has worked in the aged care and health sectors in senior executive, management and clinical roles. Prior to joining Capecare, Jo served as Executive Director Aged Care & Disability Services with Mercy Care for over four years, along with a combined portfolio of Acting Executive Director Community, Family and Children Services. Prior to Mercy Care, Joanne was Director of Community Support Services, Country Services with the Silver Chain Group.

Philippa Ayre

Chief Operating Officer

Philippa has been employed at Capecare since May 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, working as a Human Resources Professional for over 15 years.

Prior to joining Capecare, Philippa worked predominately within the resources sector where she held both corporate and operational roles working across Australia, Canada and Africa.

Susan Stevenson

Chief Financial Officer

Susan has been employed at Capecare since March 2021. Susan holds an Honours Degree in Economics and is both a qualified Management Accountant (ACMA) and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and has more than 25 years experience in financial management and executive management roles in both the UK and Australia.

Prior to joining Capecare, Susan has held a variety of financial management positions in private and not-for-profit sectors.

Lachlan Hill

General Manager Property and Technical Services

Lockie joined Capecare in September 2022 and holds an Advanced Diploma in Business bringing with him over 20 years of leadership experience.

Prior to joining Capecare, Lockie worked predominantly in senior management roles in the retail sector where he gained facility, operational, project and people management skills.

Hazel Gordon

Hazel Gordon

Facility Manager Busselton / Dunsborough

Hazel joined Capecare in 2019. Hazel holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management and has over 10 years’ experience in Residential Aged Care and more than 20 years as a Registered Nurse.

Prior to joining Capecare, Hazel worked as a Facility Manager at another residential care facility, and as a Clinical Nurse at Mount Hospital in Perth.

Leah Corkill

Quality and Governance Manager

Leah joined Capecare in July 2023 and holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and has recently completed a Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course from Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC).

Leah has worked in the aged care and health sectors in a number of management and clinical roles for more than 15 years, most recently with not-for-profit provider Baptist Care.

Rachel Meares

Home Care Manager

Rachel joined Capecare in July 2022 and holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) with over 15 years as a Registered Nurse.

Prior to joining Capecare, Rachel worked as a Clinical Nurse Manager at Aegis Ellenvale aged care facility, and most recently as a Registered Nurse at Sunshine Medical Practice.

Annual Report

Strategic goals

  • Care Solutions

    Capecare is committed to delivering quality, measurable and sustainable care in line with our Purpose.

  • Sustainability

    Capecare demonstrates a resilient, thriving and enduring organisation through continuous improvement through all economic, cultural, environmental and social aspects.

  • Growth

    Capecare will actively pursue growth and innovation that secures the organisations place in the market as aligned with our vision and mission.

  • Partnerships and Relationships

    Capecare is an engaged partner developing strong relationships with key stakeholders to provide solutions for emerging issues in our community.

  • Leadership and Culture

    Capecare exhibits genuine leadership and a positive values based culture, which drives our success.

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20 Ray Ave, Busselton WA 6280
Ph: 08 9750 2000
Fax: 08 9755 4696

Community Care & Respite: 08 9750 2097


171 Naturaliste Tce, Dunsborough WA 6281
Ph: 08 9786 5555
Fax: 08 9786 5508

Community Care & Respite: 08 9750 2097


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