About Us

What We Do

Sonder is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people to live better lives by providing integrated, high quality care, health and support services.

Sonder’s range of services include mental health counselling, addiction services, Aboriginal health and employment support.

Clients are able to access multiple services to address their needs from a range of centres located across South Australia.

Over the past 26 years, the organisation has earned a solid reputation for the delivery of high quality, evidence-based clinical psychological therapy services and is now one of the leading providers of mental health services in SA.

Additionally, Sonder is the lead agency for headspace Adelaide, Edinburgh North and Onkaparinga.

The headspace Centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs or work and study support.

Sonder is fully accredited under ISO Standard AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015 and the National Standards for Mental Health Services.

Our accreditation status is maintained by an internal Quality, Risk and Safety Committee, which aims to build, maintain and support a culture of continuous quality improvement with a proactive approach to risk management and work health and safety. Learn more

Our Vision

Better Care, Better Health.

We are committed to the professional development and support of our staff; and to meeting the needs of our clients.

We do this by ensuring continuous quality improvement is embedded in all we plan and all we do.

Our Values

  • Respect

    We demonstrate a deep commitment to respecting the individual needs, beliefs and heritage of all whose lives we touch.

  • Honesty

    We speak truth to power; and in every way we engage with the world within and outside, we strive for openness and transparency.

  • Equity

    We strive for a just, fair and inclusive society where we work alongside our clients to develop their potential to live lives of full citizenship.

  • Fairness

    We strive to create a workplace where the rights of all people are respected and valued.

  • Trust

    We strive to be honest and forthright in our dealings. We build trust in our clients, employees and stakeholders.

Our History

Our story begins back in 1993, when Sonder was known as the Adelaide Northern Division of General Practice.

As a division of general practice, the organisation’s purpose was to support general practices to enhance the primary health care experience of people living in northern Adelaide, through the provision of program support, practice support education, training and IT support.

In April 2013, a change in Government led to the transition of Divisions of General Practice into what were known as Medical Locals.

The Adelaide Northern Division of General Practice became the Northern Adelaide Medicare Local, and whilst we retained a focus on general practice, the organisation began to broaden its scope to meet unmet community needs through various community health initiatives, such as Closing the Gap.

A further change in Government in 2015 led to the demise of Medicare Locals and the establishment of Primary Health Networks as commissioning agencies.

The Northern Adelaide Medicare Local was successful in its tender to become the Adelaide Primary Health Network, retaining 50% of staff from the Medicare Local. The other 50% of staff were transitioned into a service delivery organisation called the Northern Health Network (NHN).

The NHN found itself in a new space of competitive tender writing, which meant that almost 100% of our program funding was now dependent on grant funding, through agencies such as the Primary Health Networks.

This new funding landscape meant that the NHN was no longer quarantined to servicing only the north, and our dedication to meeting unmet community needs saw our service footprint expand into other regions of Adelaide and country South Australia.

Our rapid expansion meant that our name ‘Northern Health Network’ no longer reflected the service delivery organisation that we had become.

The NHN needed to revitalise itself into an agency that will remain contemporary and relevant for whatever the future will hold. We decided to re-brand into ‘Sonder’, a name with a definition that resonates well with what we represent as an organisation.

Sonder n. the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as one’s own.

Our Team

Sonder has a diverse and dedicated team of professionals who work across mental health, Aboriginal health, employment support, addiction services and general practice support.

Our team take pride in the organisation's friendly culture and is passionate about improving the health outcomes of our community.

  • Sageran Naidoo

    Chief Executive Officer

    Sageran Naidoo has been the CEO since 2015 and has led the organisation from its transition from Medicare Local to the Northern Health Network and now as Sonder.

    Sonder has been transformed from a northern metro organisation with under 40 staff to now delivering services across the metro and in Country SA. Sageran continues to believe that he can play soccer and is an avid fisherman and gardener.

  • Josie Cajipe

    Finance & IT Executive Manager

    Josie Cajipe is the Executive Manager of Finance & IT. She has strategic and operational focus and provides leadership in aligning finance & IT strategies to Sonder’s strategic objectives.

    Josie has worked in various industries both locally and overseas and enjoys working in the NFP sector. She also volunteers for an organisation that assists new migrants, being a migrant herself.

  • Chris Chalubek

    Mental Health & AOD Executive Manager

    Chris has a long-standing interest, specialisation and commitment to the areas of mental health and alcohol and other drug service delivery.

    At Sonder, Chris is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Mental Health & AOD portfolio which supports an integrated suite of recovery orientated clinical mental health and alcohol and other drug services.

    Underpinning all of this is a lived experience of mental illness and recovery along with the belief of citizenship through the opportunity to live a contributing life.

  • Kiara Hillam

    People & Culture Executive Manager

    Kiara Hillam is the champion of Sonder's Purpose, Vision and Values. Kiara has overall responsibility for developing a high‐performance culture within Sonder in which staff are engaged and energised in fulfilling the Purpose and actively live out the organisation's values in every aspect of work.

  • Steven Wright

    Youth Services Executive Manager

    At Sonder, Steve drives the strategic leadership, direction and executive-level operational oversight of youth services.

    Underpinning Steve’s commitment to youth mental health is a drive to reduce the lives lost to suicide each year in young people, and to ensure that young people, regardless of sociodemographic background, have the ability to obtain high quality, youth-focused mental health support in a manner which best meets their needs.

  • Tania Manser

    Community Services Executive Manager

    Tania Manser is the Executive Manager of Community Services which includes Community Health, Aboriginal Health, Employment Solutions and NDIS services. Tania has had experience in a range of services focused on mental health, health and disability. She is passionate about working with young people and vulnerable populations and aims to ensure that services are accessible, safe and high quality.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Become a member of Sonder.

Sonder is a membership-based organisation, and provides support to General Practice, with a strong and reputable history of advocacy and service delivery.

Membership is open to General Practitioners, Practice Managers and Allied Health professionals.

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