TP Health in Ballina believes people with disabilities should be treated just like any other worker, and this philosophy hasnt gone unnoticed.
TP Health recently beat big wigs such as K-Mart, Woolworths and Bunnings to win the CRS National Employer of the Year award for employing handicapped and disabled people through the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service.
The company was nominated by Beth Taylor at the Ballina CRS office and was commended for not only helping the workers during their subsidised period, but for offering full-time employment to some of the people on the same terms and conditions as other staff members.
This award is all about the willingness of the staff at TP Health to embrace these people, to treat them with respect and understanding, and to make them feel part of the company, said TP Health founder, Christopher Dean. They really went out of their way to help them, and I like to think that the staff at TP Health are just responding to the culture of the company.
CRS is a vocational rehabilitation service that assists people with disability, injury or health conditions to get and keep a job. Christopher said they were ardent supporters of that objective.
We have always made it known that we are open to employing people with disabilities, said Christopher, and we dont treat them like free labour we will offer them permanent employment if its possible. Thats what the whole thing is about, getting these people back into the workforce.
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