CEO, Family Based Care Tasmania
Douglass is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Family Based Care Tasmania. Doug has held a number of executive positions both in Australia and the UK. These have included; Chief Operating Officer for Cradle Mountain Water, Executive Manager Regulation and Strategy for Cradle Mountain Water, Executive Manager Business Strategy for Waratah Wynyard Council, Executive Manager Infrastructure and Development Services for Circular Head Council, and Risk Control Advisor (Europe) for Cadbury Schweppes PLC. In addition, Doug has had significant Board experience having been part of a number of Boards including; Tasmanian Theatre Council, Rural Health Tasmania, Defence Reserve Support Council, Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS), Aged and Community Services Australia, DoMaur Productions, Your Care Australia Inc., Marist Regional College, and Environmental Health Australia (Tasmania).
Doug holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Western Sydney and has been a practicing Environmental Health Officer and Assistant Building Surveyor and Nurse. Doug lives in Wynyard, Tasmania and is married to Maureen, who is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Doug enjoys bushwalking, white water kayaking, and producing, directing, and performing in community theatre.
Doug has been awarded a Tasmanian Theatre award for his work directing “A Clockwork Orange”, and Doug was awarded the 2018 Australia Day Citizen of the Year for Waratah Wynyard Council.
Doug is a veteran who saw active service onboard the USNS Comfort during Operation DEMASK (1st Gulf War) and was awarded the Australian Service Medal (Kuwait) and the US Navy Unit Commendation. Doug continues his military career as a Major in the Army Reserve.
Tackling Worker Racial Discrimination
Racism against workers in aged care is a deeply concerning issue that not only harms the dedicated individuals providing crucial care to our elderly population but also compromises the quality of care received by vulnerable seniors. This not only undermines the morale and wellbeing of the diverse aged care workforce but may also hinder worker attraction and retention and the development of a truly inclusive and compassionate caregiving environment.