Ita Buttrose AO OBE

Five Good Friends Ambassador

“Five Good Friends is revolutionising the in-home help and care industry” – Ita Buttrose AO OBE.

Ita Buttrose is a truly exceptional Australian: a legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year. We are honoured to have Ita as an Ambassador for Five Good Friends.

Watch Ita officially launch Five Good Friends.

Watch Ita speech from your Tea at the MCG event

Articles and interviews by Ita Buttrose for Five Good Friends

24th April, 2018

The benefits of exercise as we grow older

Research shows that older adults who are physically active have a better quality of life and a lower risk of mortality. Movement and exercise combined with a nutritious diet, adequate sleep (I try to get seven hours a night) plus social activity, are essential for healthy ageing.

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13th December, 2017

Every Senior Needs A Plan To Help Them Age Successfully

There are many people who live to a ripe old age but fail to fulfil their dreams because they neglected to plan for their future. To make the most of their older years and age successfully people need to have a plan where ageing is seen as a destination rather than something that inevitably happens.

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23rd October, 2017

Interview – Ageing In Place

Five Good Friends Ambassador, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, spoke with David Prior from Lifestyle Radio Sydney about ageing in place and Five Good Friends. Ita and David talked about the importance of being able to grow old in our own homes surrounded by the family, friends, community and life you love.

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24th January, 2017

A Revolution That Will Transform Aged Care

I want to invite you to join me in taking part in a revolution – a kind, meaningful one – that will transform the way older people are cared for in our country. The type of transformation I have in mind will allow more Australians to remain in their own homes as they age and enable older married couples to stay together rather than being separated as they near the end of their life journey, something that happens all too often.

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How it works

Mother and daughter who receive Home help.

Personalised plan

Your skilled and caring Community Manager will meet with you to understand your needs. They will design a personal plan and match you to the best help.

Home help caregiver.

Helpers you'll love

Five Good Friends select the best people to help you or your loved one at home. We not only verify skills, training, and references, we also look for people who bring joy to their work every day.

Elderly lady getting Home helpHome help App.

Stay informed
& in control

Our App shows your fortnightly schedule and lets you and your loved ones know who is in the home and when. It enables you to contact your Helpers and Community Manager directly if you need to change schedules or require more help.

What our Members are saying

88% more hours of care per week

“Mum’s 91 and has a Level 4 package plus a dementia supplement valued at $53,797 pa. She was receiving 11 hours/week of care. We switched to Five Good Friends, now she receives 20 hours/ week! The extra care is life changing and the Help App makes it easy to schedule mum’s care, I can see when the Helpers are with her.“

Kathleen 59, Queensland

40% more hours of care per week

“We have a budget of $10,000 a year for our care that we fund ourselves. We switched to Five Good Friends because we liked their style of caring for us as Members, not just something on their 'to do list'. We also like that we got more care hours for our budget and no penalty rates for a shower on the weekend!"

Max, 83 & Beryl, 81, Victoria

Empathy and understanding

"I spent a great deal of time dealing with various agencies in the Aged Care System. I chose Five Good Friends because of the empathy and understanding of every person I dealt with and this has also been demonstrated by the lovely Jenni who helps me look after Dad."

Margaret, Queensland

Perfectly matched Helpers and continuity 

“Having the same Helpers turn up to see Dad every time is a blessing. I feel relieved to know he's getting great care from Helpers he loves. They were perfectly matched to his personality, he thinks of both Michelle and Ian as family."

Sandra, Queensland