There’s no doubt 2016 was a bumper year for Wellways. Now, we embark on 2017 with great optimism and excitement about the future of our services.
Our amalgamation with HealthCall positions us well to deliver disability services in Queensland, the ACT, New South Wales and Victoria. HealthCall has deepened our understanding of the needs of people living with a disability, and their families, and the challenges and issues they face on a daily basis. Our expertise, in assisting people with disabilities to achieve and implement their NDIS plan, is something we are proud of, and this expertise will continue to develop as more people enter the NDIS.
The establishment of Wellways mental health services in New South Wales has enabled us to deliver our evidence-based services to a whole new range of people, including young people in South West Sydney and Northern New South Wales, and adults living with mental health issues in Murrumbidgee and Illawarra Shoalhaven regions.
We are working with more people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, and our co-location in Campbelltown with Macarthur Gateway Resource Centre, an organisation working with Aboriginal women impacted by domestic violence, has given us greater insight into effective ways of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We have also been developing a Reconciliation Action Plan, and implementation will begin this year.
Our workforce is growing and diversifying at the same rapid rate as our services. We’ll be joined by new staff who may hold different cultural and spiritual beliefs and approaches, and we’ll be energised by this in our work. Our Well Proud initiative, working with people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Asexual, continues to grow in momentum.
Our new name, Wellways, is being embraced by participants, families, clinical partners, government, donors, and so many of our stakeholders, who connect with the ‘well ways’ we seek for everyone who uses our services.
Reflecting on all of our changes last year, and the impact they have on our work this year, we are confident that our organisational values of honesty, acceptance, equity, flexibility, commitment and participation are at the heart of everything we do.