2019 Everyday Independence Empower Me conference

2019 Everyday Independence Empower Me conference

November 26, 2019

We recently held the inagural Everyday Independence Empower Me Conference in Melbourne. More than 200 of our Victorian and New South Wales team members came together over two days to engage, learn and to celebrate our achievements this year. We were also honoured to hear from guest speakers Kurt Fearnley AO and the Honourable Mr …

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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 Madeline Hand, Team Leader Sydney

Meet Madeline Hand, Team Leader Sydney

November 26, 2019

We introduce Madeline Hand, occupational therapist (OT) and Team Leader for the South Eastern and South Western Sydney teams. Madeline supports children and young adults to improve their quality of life by maximising their participation in activities of everyday life.  Madeline is highly experienced, having worked across many fields including early childhood intervention services (ECIS), …

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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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Celebrating OT Week 2019

Celebrating OT Week 2019

Each of our 14 teams came together today to celebrate OT Week and the many ways that occupational therapy supports people with disabilities to live a good everyday life. People often ask ‘what is occupational therapy? Occupational therapy supports people to do the things they want to do in their daily life. Our occupational therapists …

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Meet Jenna Noonan, Team Leader Southern Melbourne

Meet Jenna Noonan, Team Leader Southern Melbourne

October 22, 2019

We chat to Jenna about what she’s enjoys most about being an occupational therapist, her new role as Team Leader and what her typical day looks like. Tell us a little bit about yourself I’ve always been attracted to working in the disability sector.  I joined the Everyday Independence team following four years clinical experience …

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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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The magic happens in between therapy sessions

The magic happens in between therapy sessions

October 22, 2019

At Everyday Independence, we empower the people we support to be in control of their therapy and keep practicing and improving beyond every therapy session. When therapy is integrated into daily life routines, we see the fastest and best results. Everyday Independence therapists don’t give people ‘homework’ to do before the next therapy session.  Instead, …

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Carers Week 2019

Carers Week 2019

October 16, 2019

Carer’s Week (13-19 October) We’re recognising and thanking carers for their dedication and significant contributions in providing care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are elderly with care needs. Carers come in all shapes and sizes from a variety of backgrounds, with …

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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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Meet Sonia Borg, Team Leader Wyndham team

Meet Sonia Borg, Team Leader Wyndham team

October 2, 2019

Meet Sonia Borg, occupational therapist and Team Leader of our Wyndham team. Sonia has been a member of the Everyday Independence Derrimut team for a little over a year and has recently taken up the position of Team Leader in our Wyndham site. We chat to Sonia about what she’s enjoys most about being an …

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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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Winner at the 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards

Winner at the 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards

September 24, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded two awards at the 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards.  The awards are designed to recognise, inspire, promote innovation and excellence within the Allied Health community. Early Career Excellence Award Harley Hayes, Occupational Therapist in our Bendigo team won the Early Career Excellence Award. While only in …

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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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Making it personal. Our approach to supporting people with disabilities.

Making it personal. Our approach to supporting people with disabilities.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to supporting people with disabilities and what works for one person, may not work for another person with the same disability.  In this article we provide real examples of how our therapists take into account the person’s goals, needs, strengths and interests to deliver what’s important to …

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Harley Hayes, 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards finalist

Harley Hayes, 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards finalist

July 25, 2019

We are very excited to announce that Harley Hayes, Occupational Therapist at Everyday Independence, is a finalist in the 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards in the category – Early Career Award. While only in his second year of practice, Harley has proven he is a talented clinician with exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills that enable …

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NDIS Price Guide Release

NDIS Price Guide Release

July 2, 2019

On 1 July the NDIA released the final 2019 – 2020 Price Guide which came into effect 1 July, 2019. Everyday Independence is committed to following the NDIS Price Guide, so we have adjusted our pricing to reflect the NDIA changes. The changes that apply specifically to the services that we provide to NDIS participants …

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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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Meet Meaghan and Michelle, Practice and Participant Leads in our Peninsula team

Meet Meaghan and Michelle, Practice and Participant Leads in our Peninsula team

June 25, 2019

Meet Michelle Arthur and Meaghan Peck, our Practice and Participant Leads in our Peninsula team. As Participant and Practice Leads, Meaghan and Michelle are the first point of contact for all referrers for any questions about therapy we are providing to a person they support. They also support the therapists by allocating and booking appointments, …

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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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Tell us what you think

Tell us what you think

May 22, 2019

Everyday Independence is on Clickability, the disability service directory where you can review services and help others make informed decisions. If Everyday Independence has been working with you to support your participants, why not leave us a review? You can write a review of Everyday Independence’s service by visiting the Clickability website. You can also …

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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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Monique develops her fine motor skills

Monique develops her fine motor skills

While working with mother of three Monique, occupational therapist Krystle looked for a way to support her to build therapy into her new daily routine and develop her fine motor skills. Monique lives with multiple sclerosis, a progressive neurological disease which affects her central nervous system. It makes it difficult for her to do many …

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Meet Monica Leo, Team Leader Peninsula Team

Meet Monica Leo, Team Leader Peninsula Team

Monica Leo is an Occupational Therapist and Team Leader for our Peninsula Team based in Mornington. Ever since she was little Monica wanted to work with kids and every day they teach her something new. Being a mother of two children, Monica understands the importance of supporting families so they can look after themselves and …

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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 Madison Koehler  – Occupational Therapist and Team Leader at Everyday Independence

Meet Madison Koehler – Occupational Therapist and Team Leader at Everyday Independence

Madison Koehler studied Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She joined Everyday Independence in 2015 and is the Team Leader for the Barwon and Ballarat team. Madi will work in Ballarat three days a week when the office opens on Monday 4 March. Madi’s passion is paediatrics and she enjoys working with children and their families …

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DHHS Assessment – Excellent feedback

DHHS Assessment – Excellent feedback

This month the Everyday Independence Victorian teams underwent the DHHS Human Services Standards Assessment carried out by independent assessors. This assessment is a requirement for every DHHS Registered Disability Provider and we are very pleased to report that Everyday Independence will be recommended for accreditation with no corrective actions. As an organisation we are delighted …

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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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Ryan’s ride

Ryan’s ride

Ryan was not enjoying the 45-minute bus ride to and from school each day – it was causing him and his family a considerable amount of stress. Lucy, Ryan’s Everyday Independence Occupational Therapist supported Ryan and his family to put in a request to NDIA for a tandem bike so that he and his dad …

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Q & A with Grace Handshaker, Speech Pathologist at Everyday Independence

Q & A with Grace Handshaker, Speech Pathologist at Everyday Independence

February 1, 2019

Grace Handshaker graduated from the University of Newcastle and has joined the Everyday Independence Western Sydney team. Grace believes spending some quality time getting to know her participants and families is important. She enjoys finding out about her participants dreams and goals which they may never have had the opportunity to put in words before. …

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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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