Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan has announced the appointment of Sarah McRae as the incoming Director of Centacare Catholic Family Services.

Centacare’s current Director Dale West announced his retirement in September after 32 years of service.

Dale has been an integral part of the growth of the organisation and has promoted a culture of inclusivity, community connection and client centeredness.


I congratulate Sarah on her appointment and look forward to meeting with her ahead of her arrival in early February. For over thirty years, I have had the honour to lead and be a part of the Centacare story. It is our staff and our clients that make Centacare what it is and what it will become. I have full confidence in Centacare’s future and that our staff will continue to provide programs that produce positive outcomes for clients and the communities they work in.
– Dale P. West


Currently chief operating officer of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network SA, Ms McRae will bring a wealth of leadership and operational experience that aligns with Centacare’s core values and mission.

Centacare employs nearly 600 staff and supports more than 34,000 South Australians each year across 74 community services.

With a strong focus on social justice, we support people in our community who have been marginalised and who are experiencing hardships and challenges in their lives.