Family’s passion delivers healthcare to the Bass Coast


A mother and son team at Bass Coast Health are keeping people as healthy as can be through their service to the organisation and the community.

Bernie and Blake Carew are valued members of the BCH team; Bernie as a Registered Nurse and Blake as the new Supply Manager.

They’re also valued members of the Dalyston Football Netball Club, where Blake captains the seniors side and Bernie is a lifelong supporter.

“The best thing about BCH is the people who work here,” Blake said.

Blake has recently been promoted to the role of Supply Manager, looking after everything that is purchased, from paper and pens, to personal protective equipment, theatre operating loan kits for hip replacements and the fleet of 50 vehicles.

As well as ensuring the supply pipeline continues to flow to Bass Coast Health, Blake is the key representative for state-wide distribution initiatives and Victorian Government health service supply reforms.

Using a scanning system, Blake and his team monitor the ordering of 1000 stock lines.

“In the COVID world, we need to be aware of our personal protective equipment requirements which fluctuate continuously based on levels of risk,” he said.

Blake has been with the organisation since 2012 however his connection with Wonthaggi Hospital hails back to the day he was born there.

More recently he was Asset Management Coordinator, in charge of ensuring long-lasting equipment such as cars, medical and IT, and engineering infrastructure have the longest and safest lifecycle they possibly can. He was also able to manage the purchase of equipment made available through generous donations from our community.

“I am lucky to be joining a tight, efficient and high functioning team in the current Supply department. Knowing and working with Gary Scholz, Lee Reiter and Brad Mott will make the transition in my new role smooth and enjoyable. I am lucky to have the opportunity to walk into a high performing, well-functioning department left by Jeremy Hall,” Blake said.

“I love the bigger families that make up our community; footy clubs, my gym CrossFit Bass Coast and Bass Coast Health. I like to contribute to something bigger than me.”

Bernie has been with BCH for 18 years. A Registered Nurse, she loves working with her son.

“I have always jumped at every opportunity to grow within my role and have felt BCH has given me the opportunity to be a successful nurse and advocate for our community,” she said.

“My work colleagues are my second family and are always supportive and I have an ear if l need one. BCH is only becoming better and better. This is great for our community and I’m glad l have been a part of its success.”