Historical Background

Cambridge Resthaven is a familiar part of the towns landscape and history, with the iconic water tower dominating the site. Cambridge Resthaven Trust Board was set up in 1966 by the community groups; Lions, Rotary, Federated Farmers, RSA, Country Womens institute and Cambridge Borough Council.

These groups committed to fundraise for a Resthome in Cambridge. After an outstanding fundraising effort from the Cambridge Community, Friends of Resthaven and with considerable individual donations the first stage of the resthome was built and opened in November 1972. Truly a community project! Further fundraising from all these groups and the community resulted in the Hospital wing built around 1985, with further developments in 2009 and 2012 from individual donations.


Resthaven currently has over 90 staff who provide care and services to all the ladies and gentlemen who have chosen Resthaven as their home.

The team at Resthaven includes;

  • Admin: Receptionist, HR & Payroll, Accounts and Clinical administrator.
  • Clinical and care staff: Clinical Nurse Leader, Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Health Care Assistants (HCAs), Housekeepers and Staff Educator.
  • Management: CEO, General Manager, Sales & Projects Manager and Village Manager.
  • Maintenance: Maintenance personnel and Driver.
  • Therapy: We currently have 3 Diversional Therapists and 2 Activities Assistants.
  • Support Services: Laundry team and Apartment support.
  • General Cleaning, Laundry and Catering services are contracted out.
David Hall
Chief Executive Officer
Sandra Bennett
Project Manager
Rachel Jones
General Manager

Some of our friendly staff:

Staff Education

Having a stand alone Staff Educator (RN) has enabled Resthaven to continually develop 'our' people. For example: All staff attend a variety of compulsory education sessions through the year ranging from Residents rights and basic cares through to infection control and manual handling. All Health Care Assistants have either completed or are completing appropriate qualification from CareerForce (or equivalent).

All staff (HCAs and RNs) who work in our Dementia Unit have completed (or are completing) appropriate dementia modules. Our Registered Nurses engage in a variety of education sessions internally, in the community and at WDHB to ensure best practice. Our therapy team attend external support group and conferences.


The Board of Trustees are appointed from the local Community Service groups, e.g.: Lions Club, Rotary Club, Returned Services Association, Federated Farmers, Country Women's Institute &  Waipa District Council.


Our management team consist of our Chief Executive Officer, General Manager and Village Manager.


Our friendly receptionist Emma mans the front desk during office hours - 9.00am - 4.30pm. In the back ground we have a well oiled team looking after HR & payroll, Accounts, Executive Support and support for the clinical team to ensure a high quality & friendly service to our residents, residents' families and visitors.

Not From Cambridge?

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