February is a special month – it’s Recreational Therapy (RT) Awareness Month! At Therapy Care, we’re excited to join the celebration of this incredible therapy, our dedicated RT therapists, and the participants who benefit from Recreational Therapy support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Why Recreational Therapy Matters
Recreational therapists play a crucial role in helping individuals with disabilities recover and heal through engaging activities. They work towards various goals, including:

✔ Community Entry and Re-Entry (Individual and Group-Based)
✔ Functional Skill-Building (from shoelace tying to numeracy and literacy goals)
✔ Problem Solving and Memory Skills Enhancement
✔ Improving Fine and Gross Motor Skills
✔ Promoting Engagement and Shared Attention

Recreational Therapy Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the importance of participating in activities that aid people with disabilities in their journey to recovery.

The Role of Recreational Therapists
Recreational therapists are skilled professionals who work with individuals of all ages and abilities. They design and facilitate leisure and recreation programs tailored to support, challenge, and enhance each person’s social, spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. These therapists are instrumental in healthcare, utilising evidence-based practices to help individuals reach their goals.

Spotlight on Our Talented Recreational Therapists

Therapy Care’s Recreational Therapist, Hussen, shares her journey into Recreational Therapy:

What led you to pursue a career in Recreational Therapy?
I was drawn to Recreational Therapy through my passion for combining leisure activities with reaching goals, creating a holistic approach to health and well-being.

Critical skills for participant support:
My critical skills involve tailoring activities to individual needs, fostering a supportive environment, and adapting plans as necessary.

What I love most about being a Recreational Therapist:
The most fulfilling part is witnessing participants discover joy, resilience, and progress through leisure and recreational activities.

Being part of the Therapy Care community:
Being part of Therapy Care provides a collaborative space where ideas and experiences are shared, enriching our collective knowledge and approach.

Thoughts on Recreational Therapy Awareness Month:
During Recreational Therapy Awareness Month, I celebrate the transformative power of recreational therapy in enhancing lives and promoting overall health and well-being.

Therapy Care’s Operations Manager, Karlie, reflects on her journey:

What led you to pursue a career in Recreational Therapy?
I initially started with a bachelor of health science as a health promotion officer. After meeting with a career advisor, I added recreational therapy as a second major. This combination allowed me to work directly with clients and understand diverse health needs.

Critical skills in daily support:
My skills as a recreational therapist help me make critical decisions around incident management, problem-solving, and understanding NDIS services. These skills support my role as operations manager.

What I love most about being a Recreational Therapist:
I appreciate how it has taught me to work with participants and problem-solve challenges. These skills are transferable and help support the team when needed.

Being part of the Therapy Care community:
Therapy Care understands both client and staffing needs, providing employment opportunities and valuing innovative ideas. The community has an excellent reputation for support provision.

Thoughts on Recreational Therapy Awareness Month:
Recreational therapists can support participants and staff in numerous ways, promoting positive mental well-being through leisure and recreational engagement.

If you’re interested in learning more about our recreational therapy and our wide range of allied health services at Therapy Care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team:

Phone: 1800 861 898


World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed annually on March 21 to raise awareness about the genetic condition and promote the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down Syndrome (DS). This year’s theme is “NOT FOR US, WITH US”, which aims to encourage individuals and communities to think about creating space for people living with Down Syndrome to be the voice of their experience.

The theme is particularly relevant given the challenges and social isolation experienced by people with DS during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic amplified existing inequalities and discrimination faced by people with disabilities, including those with DS. Therefore, the theme emphasises the importance of creating a safe place for people living with DS where meaningful relationships and connections can be fostered and everyone feels heard and understood.

Therapy Care is an organization committed to providing support services and advocacy for people living with DS. As a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, Therapy Care offers a range of services to support the needs of individuals with DS and their families.

Luke has been a beloved member of the Therapy Care community since 2019. As Luke lives with Down Syndrome, he has an NDIS plan with Therapy Care that includes regular exercise physiology sessions in the gym to improve his physical health and coordination, as well as supervised swimming. Additionally, Therapy Care provides Luke with social and community participation activities, including group outings, one-on-one support and getaways, to help him build meaningful relationships and connections with his community.

Since joining the Therapy Care community, Luke has made significant progress in his personal development. Luke’s confidence and social skills have increased, and inturn, he has made many meaningful friendships. He has also seen overall improvements in his physical strength and muscle tone through his tailored exercise program.

Luke is a very outgoing, charismatic, and overall happy person. He puts a smile on everyone’s face when he walks into Therapy Care, complimenting others and never failing to dance and sing to his favorite band, the Backstreet Boys. Luke continues to develop independent living skills and is familiarizing himself with spending time away from home, catching public transport, and discovering new places and activities.

Luke wants people to know that living with Down syndrome comes with its own superpowers. He says he’s excellent at making friends and many other activities people might not expect him to excel at. Luke loves how many friends he has in the Therapy Care community. He likes helping others, celebrating his friend’s achievement, and training in the gym. Luke’s current goals are to increase his strength, become a better dancer, especially to Backstreet Boys songs and hip hop music, get better at swimming, become a better friend, make more friends, and gain more independence.

Overall, Luke’s story shows the potential for growth and development in individuals with Down syndrome when they receive the support they need. The Therapy Care team is proud to be a part of Luke’s journey and to help him achieve his goals.

As we observe World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, let us take the opportunity to connect with people with DS, promote their inclusion. Together, we can build a more inclusive and equitable society for all.


We’re thrilled to announce Therapy Care has a new Group Program Centre! The Whalan-based residence will initially host our Enrichment Club, and in the coming months, will welcome our Life-Skills and Mind-Full program participants.

We chose this private space based on its ability to accommodate our participant’s needs and its potential to host an extensive roster of activities. Our hope is that this safe space will increase our participants’ abilities to engage, connect and learn.

We’ve also refloored, refurnished and repainted, to make the space more accessible and inviting. We know our participants thrive in a familiar and homely environment, so it was a no brainer to invest in making this space exactly that!

The facility has a spacious indoor area and fully functioning kitchen. Our team has filled the facility with interactive games, a painting area and construction stations. This array of inviting activities provides participants with multiple opportunities to explore their creativity, learn something new, or engage in an activity they know and love. The full-functioning kitchen is the ideal space for participants to work with our Chef, Stephen. Together, they will prepare healthy and nutritious meals.

Outside, we have installed an interactive area, which includes a sandpit and veggie patch. While our participants are already involved in caretaker duties – where they’re learning so much about growing produce, we have big plans for the coming months. Participants will work together to transform the current veggie patch into a fully thriving vegetable garden! Participants will then continue to care for and harvest from the garden in the many cooking activities that will follow.

There will also be a collective of animals that participants can interact with on a regular basis. We already have our beloved resident, Ginger Spice, who sparks lots of joy and indulges in many pats!

As you may have picked up on, one of the focus areas of this space is to play out ‘from-pasture-to-plate’. Through this journey, participants will take care of animals and the garden with tangible outcomes. They will see how rewarding it can be to grow produce and care for animals (particularly of the egg laying nature), and develop the confidence and skillset to cook nutritious meals in the kitchen.

The facility has plenty of parking and is close to a bus stop, a suite of local shops and multiple venues. Our day programs will be making use of the local community and venues for day trips.

We believe this space will be the base of many life-long learnings, meaningful friendships and memorable moments.

Introducing Therapy Care


As 2022 draws to a close, we want to acknowledge the fantastic feats our participants have achieved this year.

2022 has allowed many of us to pick up goals that we’re paused during COVID times, and seen many in our community regain confidence in social settings and milestones in the clinic!

A participant who many staff members have recognized as making incredible progress this year, is Lloyd Slade.

Lloyd’s effort to consistently show up and engage in group day program has seen Lloyd’s social skills improve drastically!

Lloyd’s confidence when communicating with others, and ability to navigate difficult conversations with his friends are two standout skills the Therapy Care team has witnessed Lloyd improve on.

Lloyd took on the opportunity to participate in STA (short term accommodation) Getaways, which is a real accomplishment. During these trips away, Lloyd learnt a host of new skills and increased his confidence in unfamiliar locations.

Jas, one of Therapy Care’s Allied Health Assistants who sees Lloyd weekly, says she’s seen a huge improvement in Lloyd’s commitment and attitude towards his health this year.

Lloyd has prioritized new healthy habits at home and in the gym, including the introduction of a new meal plan through his dietitian. Lloyd continues to show up every week, and improve his mental health and overall quality of life,” says Jas.

In 2022, Lloyd focused on developing a resume with our speech therapy assistant, and learnt how to hand out and submit his resume.

In 2023, Lloyd is reaching for the stars, and has stated his New Year’s resolution is to find and maintain employment!

We look forward to seeing what 2023 has install for Lloyd, and couldn’t be prouder of his progress across a number of areas this year.

Therapy Care Western Sydney
2/55 Campbell St
Blacktown, NSW 2148

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5/1472 Boundary Rd
Wacol, QLD 4076
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13/99 West Burleigh Rd
Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

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Suite 15-16, 49-51 Thomas Dr
Chevron Island QLD 4217