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 his second year of practice, Harley has proven to be a talented clinician with exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills that has enabled him to build the capacity of the people he supports with therapy and his fellow team members at Everyday Independence.

Harley’s exceptional commitment to person centred practice sees him delivering support at the right place and at the right time. This means he often offers therapy during the evening and early morning to support people to incorporate therapy in their daily routines.

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 Interactions (ESI) which assesses a person’s quality of social interactions.

In his acceptance speech Harley thanked all the participants and families that have allowed him to come into their lives and to support them to achieve meaningful and positive outcomes.

“It truly takes a large amount of courage to allow therapists into your home and to share your dreams, hopes and aspirations”, Harley said.

“Every day I learn something new from families and participants about how I can be a better OT and they continue to show me why they are the experts in their own lives,” he said.

Harley is passionate about a 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.

Team Culture Award

Our Clinical Excellence team was awarded the Team Culture award. This award  recognises Allied Health teams that have demonstrated a contribution to the allied health sector, proven outstanding client centred, evidence-based service delivery and health outcomes as well as providing outstanding leadership and integrity across the sector.

Leanne Healey, Director at Everyday Independence accepted the award in front of more than 200 Allied Health and Business Professionals in Melbourne on Saturday 21 September.

“Our Clinical Excellence team has made a significant impact within Everyday Independence by building capacity of our therapists to provide evidence-based therapy that supports people living with a disability to achieve their goals,” said Leanne.

“The resources, training and coaching and mentoring resources developed by the Clinical Excellence team support all our 150 strong therapy team which includes new graduates through to therapists with many years’ experience.

We are thrilled to be recognised as a leader in the industry through this award and are very proud of what our team has achieved and will continue to achieve through our learning and development programmes.

On behalf of the Everyday Independence I would like to thank the Australian Allied Health Awards managing committee for this opportunity and recognition,” Leanne said.

Last night’s wins mark the second year of being recognised within the allied health industry for excellence. Leanne Healey was the winner of last year’s OT of the Year award.

Everyday Independence has been supporting people to achieve what is important to them more than 20 years.

We will continue to strive to be best in the world at delivering person-centred therapy so that the people we support can live to their full potential and enjoy a good everyday life.

Thank you to our Everyday team members, and to the people that allow us to be a part of the lives to support them to achieve what is important to them.