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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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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Everyday Independence has expanded into South Australia

Everyday Independence has expanded into South Australia

September 20, 2021

Everyday Independence is very excited to now have a team on the ground in Adelaide, supporting people living in the Adelaide metro area. We have a highly experienced Occupational Therapist who is available now to support adults and children aged over 7 years. We are also accepting referrals now for our Physiotherapist and Early Childhood …

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COVID-19 Update New South Wales and Victoria

COVID-19 Update New South Wales and Victoria

June 29, 2021

With restrictions in place across New South Wales and Victoria to stop the spread of the COVID-19,  supporting our clients with safe services and supports is our highest priority. We’re here to support you As an essential service with authorised workers, Everyday Independence therapists are permitted to visit you in your home and provide therapy …

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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 practicing and improving beyond every therapy session. When therapy is integrated into daily life routines, we see the fastest and best results. Our therapists look at what you are currently doing in your daily routine, or what …

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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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Providing support to more people

Providing support to more people

Everyday Independence supports people of all ages to be more fully included in and engaged with everyday life. Our wide range of therapy services and programs equip people with the skills and tools, inspire them with the possibilities and fill them with the confidence to push beyond their comfort zone to achieve their personal goals. In …

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Closing the gap between disability and mental health

Closing the gap between disability and mental health

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)  has become the preferred intervention in the prevention of challenging behaviour in learning disability and mental health services. We have a behaviour support team made up of passionate and trained Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Nurses skilled in PBS. We welcomed 13 Mental Health Nurses to the organisation two months ago …

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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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Swallowing Awareness Day 2021

Swallowing Awareness Day 2021

March 17, 2021

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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Supporting more Australians to get the services they need

Supporting more Australians to get the services they need

February 17, 2021

So far, this year we have welcomed over 100 new starters to Everyday Independence, strengthening teams working in communities across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and, more recently, Tasmania. We’re really excited that these team members chose to grow their careers with us. In addition to our new starters, we have also opened new therapy …

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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School’s in at home and we’re supporting students and families to keep learning

School’s in at home and we’re supporting students and families to keep learning

With learning from home in place for many children in term 2, how does therapy look for students and their families who usually have therapy sessions at school? There are several ways Everyday Independence therapists are continuing to provide quality goal-directed therapy to young people and their families while they learn from home. In fact, …

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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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Supporting people with therapy wherever they are, whatever they are doing

Supporting people with therapy wherever they are, whatever they are doing

March 26, 2020

To meet people’s individual needs and circumstances in this period of COVID-19, we’ve expanded the way we deliver our therapy services. New and existing participants and their supports (their families or paid services) can connect with their occupational therapist, speech pathologist or physiotherapist in a range of ways including: in-person, with strict precautions 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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New and improved therapy reports

New and improved therapy reports

February 18, 2020

As part of our commitment to meaningful and open communication, we launched our new Therapy Outcome Reports in November last year. These new reports focus on the person’s vision for a good everyday life and on measuring outcomes. We’ve developed them to be easy to understand for the person, their family and other supports, like …

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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