Therapy Focus was established as a not-for-profit organisation on July 1, 1998.
Originally founded to fulfil a contract with the Disability Services Commission to provide therapy services to children living with disability, the organisation quickly grew in both client base and the hours of therapy services being delivered.
In 2000 Therapy Focus moved from its East Perth office to a larger space in Belmont. The 1999-2000 financial year also saw Therapy Focus establish a consumer-based membership model, with 64 members joining that year.
After 8 years as CEO, Ms Angie Paskevicius stepped down in 2006 and was replaced by Ms Lee Best. In the year that followed Therapy Focus facilitated its first Allied Health Graduate Program, with graduating speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists invited to apply for a year-long placement of workplace learning and development. The much-loved Art Competition was also run for the first time, with students across the state invited to illustrate a story featuring characters living with disability.
With more families receiving services than ever before, Therapy Focus hosted its first Sunflower Sunday community event in 2008. Now an icon on the Therapy Focus calendar, this unique family fun day invites people with disabilities, their families and the wider community to enjoy inclusive entertainment and activities for all abilities.
In 2011 Therapy Focus’ third and current CEO, Matt Burrows, took over from Ms Best. With an ever growing and widely distributed workforce, establishing organisation-wide values was a priority. After much consultation; respect, integrity, inclusion and courage were selected as the 4 values that would underpin the way Therapy Focus employees work.
In 2013 Therapy Focus’ governance was enhanced by the addition of the Parent Reference Group. Working in consultation with the Executive Team, the Parent Reference Group provides valuable parent/carer perspectives with regard to planning, implementation and delivery of services.
By 2015 Therapy Focus had established offices throughout the wider Perth metropolitan area, with staff delivering services from the most northern to most southern suburbs. This placed Therapy Focus in an ideal position to help more people living with disability by expanding into adult services.
With new funding models, a significantly larger client base and more sector reforms to come, by 2016 Therapy Focus was operating in a significantly different landscape to what it was at its inception some 18 years prior. To make the most of these changes, Therapy Focus changed from an incorporated association to a registered company. This allowed Therapy Focus to perform and be judged to a higher level of account, as well as operate outside of Western Australia.
Today Therapy Focus has over 300 staff , services reaching the South West and other regional areas, an increased focus on adult services and a mission to better know clients and their needs and wants.
In July 2017 Therapy Focus launched a new strategic plan to guide the next three years of service. Read the report here.