Our Team

Gladstone's experienced aged care team.

New Auckland Place has a total of 170 staff delivering care and services to residents. Our experienced nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Lifestyle’s team has won awards for their continued and applied development of activities programs. Our team believes that it is important for all residents to remain engaged with the local Gladstone community.

New Auckland’s staff have continual involvement with resident birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Our monthly BBQ’s are famous and are frequented by our residents and their families.

The team at New Auckland


Facility Manager - Dawn Mallia

Dawn MalliaFacility Manager

Dawn has been Facility Manager at New Auckland since its opening in 2010. Dawn’s previous experience and corporate background focussed on operational management and service delivery. Dawn first became involved with Auckland Place during its construction. She worked with the building project team and first stepped onto the site when the establishment was just a concrete shell. Dawn was responsible for the essential operations of the facility which included; recruiting and staff orientation. Her proudest moment at New Auckland was welcoming the first resident through the doors in 2010.

Dawn’s philosophy at New Auckland Place is; “Provide a fun place for residents to live, whilst focussing on excellent clinical care and emotional support for residents and their families.”

Dawn enjoys travelling and watching her young family grow into confident and considerate individuals.


Director of Nursing Manager - Chris Rogers

Chris RogersDirector of Nursing

Chris was born in NSW and has been living in the Gladstone region since 2005. Chris joined New Auckland Place as the Director of Nursing in 2013. Chris brought with her an abundance of nursing experience and knowledge.

Chris has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and has worked in Aged Care for 25 years. Chris’ main roles in aged care have been as a Registered Nurse and Director of Nursing; she is also on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Chris enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Administration Officer - Kay Maree Kapay

Kay Maree KapayAdministration Officer

Kay has been married for 32 years and has 1 husband, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. She moved to Gladstone in 1995 from Rye in Victoria. Kay worked in an administrative roll for many years in a variety of industries, including; Hospitality, Engineering, Building and Window and Door Coverings. Kay began working in Aged Care in 2010 at Domain Parklands Calliope. In 2011, Parklands was sold and would merge with Domain Auckland Place in Gladstone. Kay continued her role as an Administrative Officer at New Auckland Place. Kay also has a Cert IV in Administration.

Kay enjoys working in aged care and loves making life easier for residents and families. Since commencing work in the industry, Kay has realised that it takes a special kind of person to look after the elderly and their families.

Kay’s philosophy in life is “Do unto others what you want others to do unto you”. She believes that it pretty much covers everything in life. Kay has a revered passion for cheese twisties; because life’s pretty straight without them ☺, family and reading.


Head Chef - Christine Palmer

Christine PalmerHead Chef

Christine has over 20 years of aged care experience. Her current role is as New Auckland’s head of hospitality. She is responsible for three departments, including; the kitchen, Catering and Cafe. Christine started work at Auckland Place in 2011 after Parklands Nursing Home was sold. Prior to starting with Parklands in 2001, Christine had worked for both Prescare and Bluecare.

Rainy days, watching a good movie and long leisurely walks is Christine’s favourite past times. When away from New Auckland, spending time with the family is important (especially when you have 12 grandchildren). Christine and her family spend lots of time at sports carnivals, music shows and school functions. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Christine also has a cat called Bronco, no prizes for guessing which NRL team she goes for.


Physio Assistant - Linda Krahenbring

Linda KrahenbringPhysio Assistant

Linda was born locally and chose to remain in the area, loves the country atmosphere.

She has been married for 28 years, to John, and has 2 children, and 1 grand daughter, who is the most special little angel. Linda has worked in the Aged Care industry for 35 years and is totally committed in providing the highest level of care. She initially completed her Cert III and Cert IV on Aged Care and Disability Services, and spent many years as Assistant in Nursing, at Alchera Park and Domain Parklands Nursing homes, Calliope.

Linda has completed her Cert IV in Allied Health, and worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant for 15 years, at Calliope. When the Calliope facility closed its doors Linda transferred to Gladstone to work at, what is now New Auckland Place. She assists residents with their transfer and mobility needs, specialized exercise programs, pain management treatments, and rehabilitation needs. Linda believes that all residents should have the opportunity to maintain their level of independence, and optimal level of function.

Linda has Cert IV in Training and Assessing (TAE) and is responsible for training and assessing of all staff in safe manual handling practices. She also has Certifications in remedial massage therapy.

Linda is actively involved in falls prevention, pressure ulcer care, palliative care, pain management, and workplace health and safety committees, her at NAP. Linda loves to spend time with her family, travel with her husband, loves watching movies, and gardening.


Maintenance Officer - Cheryl Browning

Cheryl BrowningMaintenance Officer

Cheryl has spent 20 years in aged care and has previously worked in various industry roles. Over the past two decades, Cheryl has gained experience in the kitchen, laundry, cleaning services and grounds office. Cheryl is currently in charge of laundry, cleaning services. Cheryl transferred from Parklands to New Auckland in September 2011. Cheryl’s current role is as New Auckland’s Maintenance Officer. The role entails the day to day maintenance systems and operations of the facility. Cheryl also assumes the role of Fire Safety Advisor for New Auckland Place, and delivers training in fire and emergency for staff, residents and visitors.

Cheryl has completed her Certificate in; Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Service Safety Inspection and test & tag, Cert III in Horticulture, Trade cookery and Food and Beverage Services.

Cheryl enjoys gardening and has an astounding amount of pet birds (40 to be exact). She is married and has 7 children, 11 Grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.