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 him to build the capacity of the people he supports with therapy and his fellow team members at Everyday Independence.

Harley is a passionate advocate of the social model of disability, the NDIS and promoting the delivery of quality services in rural and regional locations, where participants needs are often not being met.

“As an occupational therapist, I support people with disabilities and their families to see their full potential and find solutions that will bring real change to their lives” says Harley.

“I believe the person is the expert in their disability, abilities and needs. Engaging them in the decisions about their therapy and how they’d like me to support them, leads to much better outcomes”.

Delivering therapy support at the right place and at the right time often sees Harley spending his evenings and early mornings supporting people with disabilities to embed therapy into their routines.

Some of Harley’s achievements include:

  • Team Facilitator in the Everyday Independence Bendigo team
  • Supervisor of 4th years students from La Trobe University and leading student-based projects at Everyday Independence supporting the next generation of therapists
  • Member of the La Trobe University Student Audit Group – Accreditation of the Occupational Therapy course
  • Member of the Bendigo Mental Health Professionals Steering Committee
    Group Program development – aligning Everyday Independence programs with evidence based, best practice.
  • Past co-President of the La Trobe Rural Health Club and vice President of the Bendigo Occupational Therapy Student Association.

Harley is also a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) practitioner, supporting people with behaviours of concern to participate and engage in meaningful occupations and the community, and is trained in Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) which assesses a person’s quality of social interactions.

Harley very quickly demonstrated his natural leadership qualities and his ability to be a trusted mentor and coach of his fellow therapists across our NSW and Vic teams. In his role as a Team Facilitator in the Bendigo team, he supports new graduates to structure and maximise their learning in their foundation year.

He also assists the broader Bendigo team to develop their clinical skills and embed the Everyday Independence values into the support they provide to people with disabilities.

With his empathy and compassion for the people and families he works with, natural leadership qualities, and commitment to clinical excellence, we wish Harley every success as a finalist in the 2019 Allied Health Awards.

The Allied Health Awards will be announced in on 21 September in Melbourne.