The ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind what we do

We care

The Rethink team don’t simply focus on the financial impact and analysis of funding Home Care or Aged Care costs, we also make sure we take a truly holistic approach. This involves taking into account a myriad of considerations for our clients’ specific situation and circumstances.

We have a proven approach to uncovering the underlying goals and objectives of our clients at a time that is often very stressful, confusing and overwhelming, to achieve the desired outcomes you want.

We make the complex simple

We work collaboratively to achieve our clients’ desired outcomes by bringing in specialists to discuss, strategise and formulate qualified solutions.

We minimise the stress by creating joint appointments, liaising, consulting and strategising with our carefully chosen specialists, including solicitors, accountants and other financial planners. We work strategically in the background with our specialists, collaborating between meetings, to minimise the complexity, confusion, time and stress on clients.

Through the efforts of our collaboration and client meetings, our strategy is created, and the Rethink team can implement your instructed goals and objectives as per your wishes.

We give you a voice

When you feel like yours is lost or not heard we ensure you and your interests are upheld. We also take the time to listen and work with you to ensure you feel safe and looked after throughout the process.

We can do it for you

Once we have created the strategic plan, which focuses on the wishes of our clients, many clients choose to hand over the process of implementing the plan to the Rethink team. This ensures the plan is executed in a timely, accurate and stress-free way for the client and their families.

Areas of Aged Care we take care of:

  • Entry Advice/Residential Care

  • Home Care

  • Advocacy

  • Centrelink

  • Estate Management

Meet the team


Samantha Geelan

Aged Care Professional

Samantha Geelan Accredited Aged Care Professional Newcastle

Years in Financial Planning Industry: 23 years


  • Master of Financial Planning

  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

  • Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance

  • Accredited Aged Care Professional

  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning

  • Foundation Diploma of Financial Planning

  • Statement in Business Services

  • Certificate III in Banking

  • NSW Justice of the Peace

Describe Your Role 

Specialising in Aged Care Advice

Samantha started working in Aged Care advice in 2011, providing guidance, education and support to assist clients with achieving their financial, lifestyle and personal goals.

Motto: Making the complex stuff simpler.

Find out more about Samantha here

Laura Bastian  Aged Care Support & Client Services

Laura Bastian

Aged Care Support & Client Services

Years in Financial Services: 7 years


  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning

  • Diploma of Financial Planning

  • NSW Justice of the Peace

  • Bachelor of Design

Describe your Role

Laura supports the team to create and implement Aged Care Advice, as well as providing the Centrelink services for our clients.

She is also focused on educating and empowering clients to achieve their financial goals and navigate financial challenges. Laura supports the Financial Planning team with research and helping to compile strategies by liaising with insurers, fund managers and platforms on behalf of clients.

Find out more about Laura here


Carlie Watson

Client Services Manager

Years In Financial Services: 22 years


  • RG 146 Tier 2- Compliance Solution Accreditation Program

  • Certificate IV Banking and Financial Services

  • Certificate IV Financial Services Bookkeeping

  • Certificate III Business Administration

Describe your role:

Carlie assists clients with achieving their financial and personal goals by navigating them through the implementation process of the advice. Once the advice has been presented she is often the liaison between the adviser and the client, and puts the advice into action.

We have a very collaborative team so Carlie’s role varies, you’ll often find her liaising with different service providers on behalf of the client for their superannuation, insurance, and aged care needs.

Find out more about Carlie here