Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Samantha an Asset to the Team

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Samantha an Asset to the Team

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Runner-Up

Gympie Pilates and Rehab

The team at Gympie Pilates and Rehab pride themselves on being an equal opportunity employer.

Established in 2013, the company has been going strong and has recently employed a staff member who suffers from both a physical and mental impairment.

Their new employee, Samantha, has been exceeding all expectations. A spokesperson for the company said Samantha is a valuable asset to the team.

"We value the work that Samantha is able to do for our business as it allows us to concentrate on the clinical area which is a huge benefit to us," the spokesperson said.

Samantha is given a wide range of tasks to complete including folding towels, vacuuming, emptying bins and other valuable support roles.

Gympie Pilates started out helping to improve Samantha's health and wellbeing, but soon discovered that Samantha was keen to regain some of her independence. The opportunity also meant a break for Samantha's full time carer.

The team have responded positively to her appointment and all of the feedback from other able-bodied staff indicate she is integrating well into her new environment.

"All employees display a positive attitude towards Samantha which makes her experience with us a happy one," the spokesperson said.

Finalists

Gympie Regional Council

As one of the largest employers in the Gympie region, the Gympie Regional Council has special provisions in place to enable people with disabilities to apply for, or maintain their jobs in the event of a degenerative illness or workplace injury.

Some of these provisions include ensuring all candidates have the same opportunities when applying for employment, ensuring that employees with disabilities have the same opportunities for advancement and promotion and the same access to support, partnering with JobMatch to provide ongoing support for employees who require assistance to maintain their employment, and maintaining a reasonable adjustment period for employees who become impaired so they can continue to carry out tasks for which they were employed.

Mark Daniel, senior specialist in human resources for GRC said employing people with an impairment has benefited the council in a number of ways. …

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