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Royal Rehab and breakthru to merge

Two NFP disability support organisations Royal Rehab and breakthru will merge, a decision intended to improve access to a wider range of services and supports for people with disability and disadvantaged groups across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

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Multidisciplinary rehabilitation and allied health therapy services will be available through one parent company, including rehabilitation technology, supported accommodation services, disability services, mental health supports, employment services and training services.

Royal Rehab claims to lead the market when it comes to offering advanced rehabilitation technology from their Sydney-based sites with devices such as robotics, virtual reality and communication equipment through breakthru’s 23 locations in those three states.

Royal Rehab CEO, Matt Mackay said the merger will deliver more choice and build a range of holistic supports to meet specific needs. “At the heart of this merger, is our purpose to empower people living with illness, injury or disability to achieve their potential.”

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Breakthru general manager, Judi Higgin said “merging also allows us to complement Royal Rehab’s existing rehabilitation facilities with our employment and training services, taking us one step closer to our vision of seamless inclusion for people with disability.”

Royal Rehab chairman Tony Staveley said now is a significant time for the sector. “Royal Rehab’s work pioneering advanced technology rehabilitation will become readily available for our clients throughout metro, rural and regional locations across the east coast of Australia.’’

Breakthru will become a subsidiary of Royal Rehab and continue to operate under the breakthru brand.