What you need to know about the NDIS 2022-23 pricing arrangements

What you need to know about the NDIS 2022-23 pricing arrangements

July 1, 2022

As expected, the NDIS has published its 2022-23 pricing arrangements early this week, and Everyday Independence has been reviewing and responding to these. Pleasingly there are no major impacts, and we have provided details of what has and has not changed below.   Pricing  There are no pricing changes to your Everyday Independence services.   Cancellation policy  …

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Arnetts Sponsorship 2022

Arnetts Sponsorship 2022

June 28, 2022

We’re delighted to again sponsor the Arnetts soccer club for the 2022 season. Located in Newcastle, New South Wales,  Arnett’s is an inclusive football team for children and young adults with additional needs or disabilities. Therapists from our Newcastle team will be on hand at each game throughout the season to provide children with support …

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Long Serving OT Superstar Brianna Grigg Steps Into Habit Coach Program Lead Role

Long Serving OT Superstar Brianna Grigg Steps Into Habit Coach Program Lead Role

June 20, 2022

Habit Coaching was introduced at Everyday Independence in 2021 as a solution to the industry-wide shortage of practitioners, resulting in extended waitlists and often inadequate access to support services. Not only has the introduction of Habit Coaches driven down waitlist times at Everyday Independence, it has also increased continuity of support and magnified outcomes for …

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Upcoming webinar: Removing barriers to community participation with physiotherapy

Upcoming webinar: Removing barriers to community participation with physiotherapy

June 8, 2022

We’re delivering a FREE bite-sized learning webinar to help NDIS coordinators, LACs, medical practitioners and other allied health professionals understand how physiotherapy helps NDIS participants to overcome the barriers that prevent them from achieving their goals. People often associate physiotherapy with rehabilitation and recovering from physical injury. Our Physiotherapists are passionate about helping people with …

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Madeline Hand presenting at the OTA Exchange 2022

Madeline Hand presenting at the OTA Exchange 2022

June 6, 2022

Everyday Independence Game Changer and OT innovator, Madeleine Hand will be presenting with Laura Simmons from Theratrak at the OT Exchange on June 9/10th. Their abstract – Innovations in person-centred capacity-building technology and clinical application – explores the role that technology can play in helping people keep on track with their therapy in between face-to-face …

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Harley Hayes presenting at OTA Exchange 2022

Harley Hayes presenting at OTA Exchange 2022

May 31, 2022

Delivering positive change through a social model of community-based therapy is what the Everyday Independence team has been doing for nearly 25 years. As change-makers, working at the forefront of the disability sector, we are leading the charge for change in our communities. Harley Hayes is no exception, and joins a stellar cast of Everyday …

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Spotlight on Speech: Kate Morris

Spotlight on Speech: Kate Morris

May 26, 2022

  It can be a daunting prospect for Speech Pathologists accustomed to working in the medical model to consider a transition to a community based social model of practice. Those that do make the leap, like Kate, often comment on how, as social model practitioners, they make a bigger impact and create lasting change for …

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Upcoming expos and conferences

Upcoming expos and conferences

June 30, 2022

Source Kids Expo Brisbane 30-31 July, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 10 am to 4 pm Saturday & 10 am to 3.00pm Sunday Our therapy team will be on hand to answer any questions you have about therapy services for your child. We provide early childhood intervention for children with a developmental delay or disability …

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Physiotherapy is rehabilitation and much more

Physiotherapy is rehabilitation and much more

May 25, 2022

There is strong evidence to show that exercise and living an active lifestyle has both long and short term benefits on physical and mental health and wellbeing. This is particularly important for people living with disability, who so often have limited opportunities to participate fully in their communities. Often people associate the benefits of physiotherapy …

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Early Childhood Intervention Webinar Recording

Early Childhood Intervention Webinar Recording

May 25, 2022

Here you’ll find a copy of our webinar recording Early Childhood Intervention – Creating Better Outcomes for Children and Families. Early Childhood Intervention webinar In this webinar, we explain best practice in early childhood intervention and share real life examples of how we support children with disabilities and developmental delays and their families under a …

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Spotlight on Speech – Brigid Dodds

Spotlight on Speech – Brigid Dodds

May 12, 2022

There is often confusion amongst Speech Pathologists about the benefits of working in a social model and how their skills and experience translate to empowering people with a disability in a community setting. Brigid Dodds, Therapy Mentor and Speech Pathologist, explains that in the social model “individuals have access to support for their communication, inclusion …

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Creative solution delivers results

Creative solution delivers results

May 11, 2022

Everyday Independence therapists are always looking for creative ideas to make therapy fun and engaging. For 13-year old twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the solution came in 3 brightly coloured timers! To help improve their time management skills while getting ready for school, their Occupational Therapist suggested using timers. Each timer included a different …

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Spotlight on Speech: Rosie De Nobile

Spotlight on Speech: Rosie De Nobile

May 3, 2022

Rosie De Nobile joined Everyday Independence as a graduate speech pathologist through the Everyday Flying Start Program. Like many in Rosie’s situation, one of her key considerations when evaluating graduate opportunities was the level of support provided by the organisation to ensure a smooth transition from university to work. At Everyday Independence, we understand the …

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Chantel pursues a career and her professional sporting interests

Chantel pursues a career and her professional sporting interests

April 12, 2022

Competitive sport has been a long-held passion for Chantel Emonson. Chantel continues to pursue professional sporting interests as a key player for Geelong Cats AFLW alongside her role as an Occupational Therapist at Everyday Independence. We understand the importance of balancing work with all the other things you love to do. We pride ourselves in …

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Everyday Independence Therapists to Present Abstract at OT Exchange 2022

Everyday Independence Therapists to Present Abstract at OT Exchange 2022

April 1, 2022

We’re delighted to announce yet another acceptance to the OT Exchange 2022 by Sarah Evans and Hannah Greenwood, who will present their abstract entitled More than the Device: Interdisciplinary Practice in Assistive Technology and Home Modifications. The premise of this work highlights the role that assistive technology and home modifications play in changing life trajectories, …

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Bridie Telford Joins the Enabling Behaviour Support Practitioners Advisory Group

Bridie Telford Joins the Enabling Behaviour Support Practitioners Advisory Group

March 22, 2022

Congratulations to Bridie Telford, Everyday Independence Positive Behaviour Support Lead, who has accepted an invitation from Occupational Therapy Australia to join the Enabling Behaviour Support Practitioners Advisory Group. Bridie will form part of a national project team commissioned by the NDIS Quality Safeguards Commission to improve the quality and effectiveness of behaviour support services. Over …

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April O’Neil and Claire Dalliston’s paper accepted to the OT Exchange 2022

April O’Neil and Claire Dalliston’s paper accepted to the OT Exchange 2022

March 16, 2022

Huge Congratulations to Therapy Consultants, April O’Neil and Claire Dalliston on the acceptance of their paper to the OT Exchange 2022.  Entitled Is Interdisciplinary Therapy an Effective Way to Prevent Participants Sitting on a Waitlist? Using a Therapy Consultant Service Delivery Model to Change the Game, we really couldn’t be more proud of this achievement …

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Swallowing Awareness Day 2022

Swallowing Awareness Day 2022

March 16, 2022

Today is Swallowing Awareness Day which raises awareness about swallowing disorders, also known as ‘dysphagia’. Swallowing is a natural reflex and an essential part of our everyday life.  We swallow between 500-700 times a day, around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake, and even more during meals. Around one million …

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Celebrating Social Work Day 2022

Celebrating Social Work Day 2022

Today, we celebrate Social Work Day 2022 and celebrate social workers’ unwavering commitment to defending social justice & the human rights of people with disabilities. We are incredibly fortunate to have 32 Social Workers working in teams across Australia as Early Childhood Key Workers and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioners.  They bring their knowledge and expertise …

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

With a workforce of around 90 per cent women, Everyday Independence celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) and acknowledges the achievements and contributions of women working in the disability sector worldwide. Here at Everyday Independence, we have so many authentic and inspiring women. To honour IWD, we asked five women to discuss the impact bias has …

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Nikki Toy to present at the OT Exchange 2022

Nikki Toy to present at the OT Exchange 2022

March 2, 2022

Huge Congratulations to Nikki Toy – Therapy Consultant and long-serving champion for change at Everyday Independence. We’re so proud to share her success in having a paper accepted by OT Exchange 2022 which she will present in person on June 9/10th. Entitled Developing theoretical frameworks for working with people with lifelong disability, Nikki has played …

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Building your skills and confidence to take on the world, your way

Building your skills and confidence to take on the world, your way

People living with disabilities are often underestimated, and barriers in their surroundings or the attitudes and actions of others can reduce the opportunities they have to fully participate in the community. At Everyday Independence, our promise is to support you and your family’s desire to live full and happy lives. We do this by working …

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Contacting Everyday Independence During the Festive Period

Contacting Everyday Independence During the Festive Period

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support in 2021 and wish you well in 2022. Many of our team are taking a break over the holiday period to rest and recharge. Our therapy hubs will be closed from 5pm Wednesday 22 December 2021 and will re-open on Tuesday …

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What are restrictive practices?

What are restrictive practices?

As part of an educational series on Positive Behaviour Support, we chat to Bridie Telford, our Positive Behaviour Support Lead and expert. Bridie has over 9 years’ experience working in the disability sector, and is responsible for building a team of highly skilled, caring and dedicated Behaviour Support Practitioners who approach their work with compassion …

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Celebrating International Day of People with Disability 2021

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability 2021

December 3, 2021

Today marks the 30th annual International Day of People with Disability, a day that celebrates disability and advocates for a society where everyone feels equal, included and accepted in their community. As a team, we have the privilege of working alongside people with disabilities across the country and seeing them reveal their true abilities when …

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Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards

Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards

Glyn Davies (CEO), Tara Cahill (Engagement & Marketing Executive Lead), Brianna Grigg (Regional Lead/Occupational Therapist) and Kaitlyn Dullard (Area Lead/Physiotherapist) were thrilled to attend the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards on Tuesday, 23 November, representing Everyday Independence as a key sponsor. It was a fantastic night for our team members, who were extremely inspired …

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Everyday Independence and Gymnastics NSW Partnership

Everyday Independence and Gymnastics NSW Partnership

Everyday Independence is excited to announce our new partnership with Gymnastics NSW. The partnership will allow Everyday Independence participants to gain special access to tailored gym programs,  as well as free trials. Gymnastics NSW will work collaboratively with Everyday Independence to provide the best possible experience for all participants. With the help of our therapists, …

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The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise community trailblazer, Kaye Speed

The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise community trailblazer, Kaye Speed

Everyday Independence is thrilled to be sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award, to be awarded at the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards (VDSRA) on Tuesday, 23 November at PwC Melbourne. The VDSRA demonstrates a vision and purpose closely aligned with our own. Much like Everyday Independence, they push for inclusion and work hard to remove …

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Top Tips to Increase Participation

Top Tips to Increase Participation

Our team of highly skilled and passionate Occupational Therapists (OTs) support people of all ages and abilities to achieve their desired goals. These goals can vary greatly from person to person, but the focus is always on building skills and confidence to participate in everyday life activities. A key part of our OT’s role is …

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Meet our newest Queensland team members

Meet our newest Queensland team members

Meet Jade Shaw – Key Worker OT, Southern Brisbane team I’m an Occupational Therapist with special interest in early childhood intervention. I’ve worked in Paediatrics for over 8 years with children presenting a variety of challenging diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Neurological Disorders and Sensory Processing difficulties. My role as a Key Worker …

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A journey to the social model of support

A journey to the social model of support

Trish Hill shares her journey and experiences as a Physiotherapist, starting out using traditional practices then shifting to the social model of support, as practiced at Everyday Independence. Read her account of supporting more children and families achieve their potential. Beginning with the traditional ‘medical’ model When I reflect on my practice years ago with …

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Educators bring specialist skills to Everyday Independence

Educators bring specialist skills to Everyday Independence

In celebration of early childhood educators’ day, we speak with Mel Thompson, Early Childhood Intervention Lead who brings her expertise and passion for supporting children and families with high quality and best practice services to the team.  She discusses the important contribution educators make at Everyday Independence in their role as Key Workers.  What drew …

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How do I choose a school for my child?

How do I choose a school for my child?

August 31, 2021

  Choosing a school for your child can feel like an overwhelming decision.  After all, they (and you) will be part of that community five days a week, 40 weeks a year for up to 13 years! We speak with Bronwyn, one of our early childhood Key Workers for her tips for choosing a school …

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How is physiotherapy delivered in the social model you ask?

How is physiotherapy delivered in the social model you ask?

At Everyday Independence, we live and breathe the social model of support. When physiotherapy is recommended, our physiotherapists come to a person’s home, workplace, school, or any place they spend time to see how they interact with their environment. During these COVID times, we have also introduced phone or video calls for the initial session. …

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Now delivering therapy services in Adelaide

Now delivering therapy services in Adelaide

October 5, 2021

We have a team of highly experienced therapists in Adelaide who are available now to support children, teenagers, and adults to achieve their personal goals. Our therapy team will come to you to deliver NDIS funded therapy in your everyday life. Our therapy team can support you to develop a new skill, pursue a new …

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The Magic Happens in Between Therapy Sessions

The Magic Happens in Between Therapy Sessions

June 10, 2020

At Everyday Independence, we empower the people we support to be in control of their therapy and keep practising and improving beyond every therapy session. When therapy is integrated into your daily life routine, you have a better chance of using your new skills in the places you spend your time, not just when you’re …

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School’s out and learning from home’s in

School’s out and learning from home’s in

With learning from home in place for many children across Victoria during the COVID circuit breaker, what does therapy look if your child usually has therapy sessions at school? Our therapists are adapting therapy sessions to support students to continue working towards their goals while they’re learning from home. As an essential service with authorised …

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Ally Falzon named as a finalist in the 2020-2021 Allied Health Early Career Excellence category

Ally Falzon named as a finalist in the 2020-2021 Allied Health Early Career Excellence category

We are thrilled to announce that Ally Falzon has been named as a finalist in the Allied Health Early Career Excellence category in the 2020-2021 Australian Allied Health Awards. Ally is an Occupational Therapist at Everyday Independence and is passionate about supporting people to build their confidence and skills so they can enjoy more of …

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The role of physiotherapy in supporting people with a disability

The role of physiotherapy in supporting people with a disability

August 16, 2021

We chat with Trish Hill, Physiotherapist, about the role physiotherapy plays in supporting people with a disability to achieve their goals. Trish is a passionate physiotherapist with extensive experience in Paediatrics. What is physiotherapy? Physiotherapy can help to assess, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapists work with people …

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Arnett’s Soccer Club Sponsorship

Arnett’s Soccer Club Sponsorship

July 27, 2021

We’re delighted to sponsor the Arnetts soccer club for their 2021 season. Located in Newcastle, New South Wales,  Arnett’s is an inclusive football team for children and young adults with additional needs or disabilities. Therapists from the Everyday Independence Newcastle team have been on hand at each game through the season to provide children with …

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Beautiful parks, open spaces

Beautiful parks, open spaces

April 27, 2021

Our therapists incorporate their client’s interests or routines into their therapy sessions and this often takes them into many of our beautiful parks and open spaces. Parks are ideal spaces for working on goals such as improving your mobility, strength, balance, coordination, social skills, and communication skills. We love parks because they are a great …

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Making it personal. Our approach to providing therapy services

Making it personal. Our approach to providing therapy services

April 16, 2021

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to supporting people with therapy services and what works for one person, may not work for another person with the same disability. Our therapists listen to you and your support network to understand what’s working for you, what isn’t, and what a vision of success looks like. …

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We’re growing to help more Australians

We’re growing to help more Australians

New hubs and new Team members We officially have nine hubs located in New South Wales and Sutherland Shire hub is our newest location. Located in Caringbah, the hub provides a wide range of services to the local area including early childhood intervention, to support the local and surrounding areas. In addition to Sutherland Shire, …

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Educators help expand our Early Childhood Intervention Services

Educators help expand our Early Childhood Intervention Services

March 23, 2021

As part of our commitment to supporting children to build their everyday skills and live to their full potential, we’re expanding our early childhood intervention services to include Educators. Everyday Independence delivers early childhood intervention services to support children aged under seven years, who live with a disability or development delay, and their families. The …

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Event: Trailblazing Positive Behaviour Support

Event: Trailblazing Positive Behaviour Support

Everyday Independence is proud to host an information careers evening – Trailblazing Positive Behaviour Support at Everyday Independence, 6 – 7 pm, Thursday 11th March. Learn from our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) experts why there has never been a better time to be a PBS practitioner! Are you a PBS trailblazer? If so, learn why …

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Preparing your child to start school

Preparing your child to start school

In the coming weeks, many children will be starting or returning to school. While this can be an exciting time for children, it’s natural that children may also feel anxious or uncertain about what to expect. If your child has a disability or is on the autism spectrum, you might have extra concerns about preparing …

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Jaden’s horse riding joy

Jaden’s horse riding joy

September 28, 2020

  Our physiotherapists are often asked how Physiotherapy can support people to achieve their goals. And the answer is plenty of ways. Trish Hill, one of our Physiotherapists in our Bayside team in Melbourne, talks about the support she provided to a young boy so he could safely participate in a horse riding session at …

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Meet Cherie Rogers, Recruitment Specialist

Meet Cherie Rogers, Recruitment Specialist

August 19, 2020

We’re introducing Cherie Rogers, our Recruitment Specialist who works closely with our Team Leaders to find passionate and skilled team members to join their growing teams. We asked Cherie to share with us what we look for in new team members, what makes Everyday Independence a great place to work, and the opportunities we currently …

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Healthy Mothers Healthy Families

Healthy Mothers Healthy Families

December 24, 2020

We have a strong commitment to excellence so we’re excited to be taking part in the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families program. The Healthy Mothers Healthy Families program helps families to find their balance by empowering mothers of children with disabilities to seek their own balance of healthy activities for themselves and their families. The program is being …

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Supporting people within the social model of disability

Supporting people within the social model of disability

July 15, 2020

People living with disabilities are often underestimated and barriers in their surroundings or the attitudes and actions of others can reduce the opportunities they have to fully participate in the community. To support people to reduce those barriers so they can live the life they want to, we work under the social model of disability. …

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Dreams and goals for 2021

Dreams and goals for 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly brought many challenges to our communities this year. With this year drawing to a close, we asked some of the people we support to share what they’d like to do more of in 2021  or what they would like to achieve. We look forward to seeing people achieve their goals …

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Supporting people with disabilities and our team members during COVID-19

Supporting people with disabilities and our team members during COVID-19

May 26, 2020

At Everyday Independence, our commitment to supporting people with disabilities to reach their unique potential and enjoy an everyday life has defined who we are for more than 20 years. We are incredibly proud of the way our team worked purposefully and quickly to introduce initiatives across the organisation to enable us to deliver on …

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Leanne Healey appointed to the board of Occupational Therapy Australia

Leanne Healey appointed to the board of Occupational Therapy Australia

We are pleased to share the news that Leanne Healey, founder and director of Everyday Independence, has been appointed to the Board of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA). OTA is the peak professional body representing the interests of OTs across Australia. They support lifelong learning, promote the future of OT and foster evidence-based practice. OTA is …

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Early childhood intervention

Early childhood intervention

October 28, 2020

Everyday Independence provides early childhood intervention services to support children aged under 7, and their families to enjoy a good everyday life. Our therapy services support families to help their child to develop their everyday skills, fully take part in home and community life, and live to their full potential. Our early childhood services are …

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North Western Sydney hub launch

North Western Sydney hub launch

October 12, 2020

We are very excited to announce that we have a new location in North Western Sydney. Due to increasing demand in the Sydney region, we opened a new hub in Seven Hills to help service the North Western Sydney area. Our team in North Western Sydney will support people living with a disability in the …

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Supporting kids to return to school

Supporting kids to return to school

October 9, 2020

On Monday, many children in Victoria are transitioning back to onsite learning. As children have been learning from home for some time, it’s natural that they may be feeling anxious or uncertain about what to expect with a new school routine. While every child and family is different, we asked our therapists for some tips …

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Meet Susan Wainwright, our NSW Recruitment Specialist

Meet Susan Wainwright, our NSW Recruitment Specialist

October 8, 2020

We would like to introduce Susan Wainwright, our Recruitment Specialist in New South Wales. Susan is key to building our team with dedicated and likeminded therapist who align with the our organisations why and values. We asked her to share with us why Everyday Independence is a great place to work, what qualities she looks …

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Leanne Healey awarded the Victorian 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Award

Leanne Healey awarded the Victorian 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Award

April 30, 2020

We are very excited to announce that Leanne Healey, Founder, and Director of Everyday Independence has been awarded the Medium and Large Business award in the 2020 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Awards. The Telstra Business Women’s Awards recognises high-achieving and ambitious women who define the direction of their business. “I am humbled by this honour …

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Sam continues working towards her goals while at home

Sam continues working towards her goals while at home

April 30, 2020

Physical distancing hasn’t stopped Sam from continuing to receive her occupational therapy support, in person. Everyday Independence Occupational Therapist Zoe has been visiting Sam in her home to support her to continue working towards her goals. Taking part in meaningful activities is important to Sam who lives with disability caused by mental illness and low vision. …

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We’re continuing to grow

We’re continuing to grow

March 26, 2020

This week, we welcomed 43 new starters to Everyday Independence, strengthening our team to more than 350 people working in communities across three states. We’re excited that 40 therapists (23 occupational therapists, 12 speech pathologists, 5 physiotherapists) and three support team members have chosen to progress their careers with us. Everyday Independence is committed to …

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Online therapy offers a fun new way of accessing therapy

Online therapy offers a fun new way of accessing therapy

March 26, 2020

As people across Australia are being asked to stay at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our therapists are supporting many families to adjust to new routines and new ways of spending their time. Occupational Therapist Marny and Speech Pathologist Becca have been working with two young children over the past year to develop …

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Changes to the NDIS pricing for therapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Changes to the NDIS pricing for therapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic

On March 25th the NDIA announced a temporary price increase of 10% for therapy services. Everyday Independence follows the NDIS Price Guide for all our fees and charges, so we have adjusted our pricing to reflect the NDIA changes. These changes will come into effect today, Thursday 26 March 2020 and will be in place …

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2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards VIC winners announced shortly

2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards VIC winners announced shortly

Everyday Independence founder and director Leanne Healey is a Victorian finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards which are being announced on Tuesday, March 17th. Leanne founded Everyday Independence in 1997 and today it’s one of the largest interdisciplinary therapy providers in Australia, offering occupational therapy, speech pathology and physiotherapy to people living with …

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We welcome new team members, open more therapy hubs

We welcome new team members, open more therapy hubs

February 17, 2020

As we start 2020, we send a very warm welcome to our 78 newest team members at Everyday Independence. Our latest group of new starters includes 70 occupational therapists, speech pathologists and physiotherapists, and eight administration team members. We are very excited to now be a team of 311 people working across teams in Melbourne, …

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Private Practice Made Perfect Podcast

Private Practice Made Perfect Podcast

Recently the Everyday Independence Directors – Ingrid Cole, Mal Healey and Leanne Healey joined Cathy Love on the Private Practice Made Perfect Podcast.   Ingrid, Leanne and Mal shared their experience on how using a social model of disability and becoming a people-centred practice has helped Everyday Independence build our team, support participants and improve …

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Meet April O’Neill, Team Leader Gold Coast

Meet April O’Neill, Team Leader Gold Coast

We introduce April O’Neill, Occupational Therapist and Team Leader for the Gold Coast team in Queensland. From the first week in February, Everyday Independence will be expanding our services and opening a therapy hub on the Gold Coast. April will be leading a  team of multi-disciplinary therapists who will support people with a wide range …

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We’re expanding our services into Queensland

We’re expanding our services into Queensland

December 18, 2019

We are very excited to be expanding our services into Queensland. From Monday 3 February we are available to support people with disabilities living on the Gold Coast and in the Gold Coast Hinterlands with occupational therapy and speech pathology. Our therapy team will provide occupational therapy and speech pathology services to people of all ages so …

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Our therapy services expand across Sydney

Our therapy services expand across Sydney

November 26, 2019

We’re very excited to be expanding our services across Sydney. From next month, we’ll have teams based across four therapy hubs to support  people living with disabilities in most of Greater Sydney, with the exception of the Northern Beaches.  This means more availability for appointments, less travel likely, and more access for families to our therapy …

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Therapy services expanding across Melbourne

Therapy services expanding across Melbourne

November 26, 2019

We’re excited to be expanding our services in Melbourne with the addition of two therapy hubs. Next month, we’ll open a new therapy hub in Melton.  While a team of therapists have been supporting families in the Melton Brimbank area with their therapy needs, a local therapy hub will mean that we can also offer …

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Meet Kate Hyett, Regional Lead

Meet Kate Hyett, Regional Lead

November 27, 2019

Kate recently joined the Everyday Independence team to support our teams in Bendigo, Barwon, Ballarat  and Albury to deliver great therapy services in their local communities. Kate has worked across the hospital and health care industries in metropolitan, regional, and rural settings across Australia in senior director positions.  She is a registered nurse with post …

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Everyday Magic sees Tarus’ garden grow

Everyday Magic sees Tarus’ garden grow

October 24, 2019

Tarus has always wanted a vegetable garden of his own and to make friends with others who love gardening.  However living in a large SDA , Tarus is unable to have his own veggie garden at home. Izabel, Tarus’ occupational therapist, supported him to find a local community garden with raised garden beds, which was …

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We’re growing in Western Melbourne and Inner Gippsland regions

We’re growing in Western Melbourne and Inner Gippsland regions

October 22, 2019

With more people requesting support to achieve their goals, we’d pleased to announce that we are expanding our services in Western Melbourne and  Inner Gippsland. Western Melbourne region Everyday Independence therapists have recently begun supporting people in the local government areas of Melton and Brimbank. Now, we’re putting the final touches on a space in …

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New site opens in Wyndham 

New site opens in Wyndham 

October 2, 2019

We’re excited to open an additional site in Western Melbourne to support people living with disabilities in this region. Our new site in Werribee will support the therapy needs of people in the local government area of Wyndham and surrounding area. This area includes the suburbs and localities of Cocoroc, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Laverton North, …

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Vincent gets physical with boxing

Vincent gets physical with boxing

October 2, 2019

Exercise has consistently shown to be a positive factor for mental health, mood regulation, motivation and in Vincent’s case, it has also opened doors for engagement and participation with others in his group home. Vincent is a 26-year-old who has been living in shared accommodation since the age of 21. He has been diagnosed with …

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Empowering people with disabilities with person-centred therapy

Empowering people with disabilities with person-centred therapy

September 20, 2019

Harley Hayes, occupational therapist and winner of the Australian Allied Health Awards, Early Career Excellence category, talks about the benefits of using person-centred therapy to support people with disabilities to have more choice and control in the areas of their life that are important to them While I was at university completing my occupational therapy …

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Jess speaks to Human Nature

Jess speaks to Human Nature

To celebrate Speech Pathology Week 2019 we’re sharing a beautiful story about Jess. Jess has been working together with our Speech Pathologist Amanda, from our Newcastle team since December last year to develop her communication skills. Amanda has been supporting Jess to speak confidently with people outside of Jess’ family and to use the phone …

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You can do it. Be brave!

You can do it. Be brave!

When we asked 10-year-old Monique for her advice for a child who was just about to start receiving therapy support, she had five simple, but powerful words. Words that are relevant to people of all ages. ‘You can do it. Be brave’. Monique’s daily life is much like any other 10-year-old girl’s.  She loves spending …

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Working as a team to support people with their therapy needs

Working as a team to support people with their therapy needs

August 21, 2019

When a person needs more than one type of therapy, the common approach is for each therapist to meet with them, conduct their own assessment and develop their own plan.  This means multiple assessment and the plans may not work all together. We do things differently. At Everyday Independence, when a person needs more than …

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We’re growing in New South Wales and Victoria

We’re growing in New South Wales and Victoria

August 21, 2019

With demand for our services increasing across all of our sites, we’ve maintained a strong focus on recruitment over the past six months. We’re committed to delivering high quality therapy services to the people we are currently supporting and assisting new participants to get started with their therapy as soon as possible. Last week we …

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Focus on occupational therapy

Focus on occupational therapy

Occupational therapy supports people with disabilities of all ages to perform daily tasks in a way that enhances their quality of life, increases their social participation, independence and overall well-being. This can include activities at home with cooking, self-care, enjoying time with friends and family, getting out and about, and participating in study or work. Our …

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Dave’s living his best life with the right supports

Dave’s living his best life with the right supports

June 26, 2019

Kate Morris, Speech Pathologist in our Newcastle team supports many people with disabilities in the Hunter New England area.  But Dave’s journey is one that she’s particularly proud to be a part of. Dave’s story is a great example of what a person with a disability can achieve when they have the right supports around …

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Talking speech pathology

Talking speech pathology

May 22, 2019

Speech pathologists support people who have challenges with their communication due to issues with their speech, language, fluency, voice, or in understanding what others are saying.   A speech pathologist can also help make mealtimes more enjoyable and safer for someone who has problems swallowing food and drink. At Everyday Independence, our speech pathologists use evidence-based …

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Amber travels by train independently, for the first time in 20 years

Amber travels by train independently, for the first time in 20 years

May 22, 2019

Noises, overcrowding, confined spaces, or feeling unsafe can make anyone’s journey on public transport extremely stressful, let alone if you suffer from anxiety. Pamela Borg, occupational therapist with Everyday Independence understands how challenging it can be for someone with a lifelong mental health condition to use public transport. Pamela recently supported Amber, a young woman …

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Meet Steph, Physiotherapist, Albury team

Meet Steph, Physiotherapist, Albury team

May 7, 2019

Steph Weller recently joined the Everyday Independence team as a physiotherapist with our Albury team. Relocating from Adelaide at the beginning of this year, Steph has fallen in love with Albury’s relaxed feel and its people. Steph was inspired to become a physiotherapist as a teenager after working closely with a physiotherapist after recovering from …

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Everyday Independence celebrates growth milestone

Everyday Independence celebrates growth milestone

April 29, 2019

Today, we celebrate a significant growth milestone as we welcome our 200th team member to Everyday Independence. For an organisation that started 20 years’ ago with one person’s passion to make a difference, it’s an important milestone that we’re very proud of. Every person who is part of the Everyday Independence team works to deliver …

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Meet Sonya O’Donohue, Practice and Participant Lead, Southern Melbourne

Meet Sonya O’Donohue, Practice and Participant Lead, Southern Melbourne

March 28, 2019

Sonya O’Donohue is the Practice and Participant Lead in Southern Melbourne and supports people with a disability to access our services. After learning more about a participant’s needs and what they would like to achieve, Sonya matches a therapist who can help them to achieve their goals. Sonya schedules the participant’s first therapy appointment and …

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Extended contact hours

Extended contact hours

We’ve extended our hours to make it easier for you to contact us or make a referral. Our Intake Team is now available from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday on 1300 179 131. A member of our Intake team can talk to you about our services, our intake process and how we can work …

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DHHS Assessment – Excellent feedback

DHHS Assessment – Excellent feedback

March 8, 2019

This week each of our teams got together to celebrate our success in the recent DHHS Human Services Standards Assessment. We were so thrilled to receive such positive feedback about our organisation and that we have been recommended for accreditation. The start of the assessors report said ‘“Everyday Independence started from one person with a …

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Everyday Independence announces partnership

Everyday Independence announces partnership

March 4, 2019

We are excited to share with you that Everyday Independence is now partnering with Sprout Occupational Therapy in Mornington. This partnership will allow Everyday Independence to broaden our therapy services into the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston regions. For Sprout it is an exciting opportunity to join Everyday Independence to be part of a multidisciplinary allied …

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New offices open in Melbourne and regional Victoria

New offices open in Melbourne and regional Victoria

We are excited to announce that in response to increasing requests for therapy in the regions of Southern Melbourne and Ballarat we are expanding our team and opening new Everyday Independence locations. In January, we opened an office in Narre Warren, where we have seven therapists providing occupational therapy, speech pathology and physiotherapy to people …

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Leanne Healey shares her thoughts on the role of occupational therapists in disability

Leanne Healey shares her thoughts on the role of occupational therapists in disability

February 1, 2019

Leanne Healey, Everyday Independence founder and director, has shared her thoughts on the role of occupational therapy in supporting people living with a disability and highlighted the importance of person centred practice in all we do in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald this weekend. We’re thrilled that as the inaugural winner of the OT …

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Everyday Independence features in the NDIS provider newsletter

Everyday Independence features in the NDIS provider newsletter

January 29, 2019

Here at Everyday Independence we are pretty excited to feature in the NDIS provider newsletter this month. Leanne’s OT of the Year award has given her a wonderful platform to talk about her passion for a social model of disability and focusing on people with disability being the experts in their own lives. You can …

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Team member awards and recognition

Team member awards and recognition

February 1, 2019

At the end of last year, the 2018 Everyday Independence Excellence Awards were awarded to team members who had gone over and above in their work at Everyday Independence. The Awards are peer nominated and acknowledge the achievements of our team members. Each nomination, provided evidence in three or more of the following areas: Outstanding …

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Ruth’s story

Ruth’s story

January 17, 2019

At Everyday Independence we support children and adults of all ages to achieve their goals. Meet Ruth, her goal was to enter the workforce after an acquired brain injury when she was a child impacted her memory and her ability to process information and she had spent many years in treatment and rehabilitation. A job …

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Leanne Healey awarded Occupational Therapist of the Year

Leanne Healey awarded Occupational Therapist of the Year

November 18, 2018

We are very excited to announce that Leanne Healey, Director of Everyday Independence has been awarded Occupational Therapist of the Year at the 2018 Australian Allied Health Awards. Leanne received the award in front of more than 150 Allied Health and Business professionals in Brisbane on last night. The awards are designed to recognise, inspire, …

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Speech Pathologist supports travel dream for family

Speech Pathologist supports travel dream for family

September 27, 2018

A family holiday can feel out of reach for many people with children who have complex sensory and communication needs.  Vicki Cox, Speech Pathologist with Everyday Independence, understands how difficult it can be to support young children and teens who struggle with the challenges of a major change in routine experienced on an overseas holiday. …

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Stretching to Independence

July 7, 2018

The concept of ‘just enough support’ is something we really focus on with all the people we work with. You can build independence when you are stretched and challenge yourself. There are so many ways our occupational therapists, physios and speech pathologists help people see and meet their potential. It excites us and motivates us …

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Therapy in daily life

Therapy in daily life

March 21, 2018

Spot the therapy session in these photos… The answer is that both children are engaging in therapy but one is more likely to get quicker results. Which one do you think it is? We aim to empower the people we work with to be in control of their therapy and keep practicing and improving beyond …

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We are now registered for Behavioural Supports under the NDIS

We are now registered for Behavioural Supports under the NDIS

April 2, 2018

Everyday Independence now has behaviour supports as part of our NDIS registration. This is under the Improved Relationships funding – specifically working in the areas of Specialist Behavioural Intervention Support and Implementation of behavioural management strategies. We understand that challenging behaviours are a result of a complex interaction between the individual and their environment. Using …

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