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Our Story

Our story begins in Australia before crossing the Tasman to bring Better Days to New Zealand!

Rachel Brimblecombe was working as a university lecturer when she grew disappointed with the disability services available to the community. She envisioned bringing together like-minded Allied Health professionals dedicated to providing the highest level of care. People who genuinely loved what they did and wanted to achieve outstanding results for the individuals in their care. Rachel was also keen to do away with bureaucracy and outdated funding models that encouraged the idea of seeing people with disability quickly rather than effectively. With these goals in mind, Rachel established Better Rehab, the sister company to Better Days. This proved to be exactly what the community needed, as the response to our services over the years has been exceptional.

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Now Better Days says Kia Ora to New Zealand, ready to bring the same level of care and support to people living in Aotearoa!

Better Days was formed in 2021 by a passionate team of Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Therapists who have been working in the disability field for decades. We pride ourselves on being passionate and innovative, revolutionizing the way care and support is delivered. Based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, we work kanohi ki te kanohi/ face to face with people of all ages and life stages in their homes, private hospitals, residential care facilities, schools and early childhood centres, as well as delivering full Telehealth services nationwide.

We are headed by our National Manager, Jacki Mayne-Davis.

 

Jacki is a passionate Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau / Occupational Therapist who strives to empower people to reach their full potential, with evidence-based and person-centred strategies.

Jacki first witnessed the power of Occupational Therapy when living and working as a teacher in Thailand, where international OTs were providing interventions for children with hearing and vision impairments. She came back to formally train in Occupational Therapy at James Cook University, Townsville, and during her studies supported resettling refugees to access healthcare services in regional Queensland.

An opportunity to visit Rotorua in 2015, for the Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Conference, inspired Jacki to make the move from Queensland to Aotearoa New Zealand. Through working across healthcare and education settings in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Jacki has developed a clearer understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by communities across the city.

In response to these opportunities and challenges, Jacki and the Better Days team offer exceptional clinical skillsets across paediatrics, neurorehabilitation, mental health, older adults, injury-related recovery journeys, wheelchair and seating, and adapted sports programs. No matter how big we grow…

No matter how big we grow or what side of the ditch we are on, we continue to be guided by the values that have driven us from the very beginning. We will always provide people-centred and community-based services tailored to the needs of the people in our care. We continue to champion their choices and provide them with the attention and care that they deserve.

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Better Days?

At Better Days, we gather together a team who share a passion for delivering the highest level of care, genuinely love what they do and work hard to achieve the very best outcomes for our participants. We are committed to providing a safe, collaborative, productive and fun working environment for everybody who works with us!

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Our Stories

Daniel achieves his goals through Speech Language Therapy

Daniel approached Better Days wanting to improve his speech and is now planning to record his own songs!

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Adrian enhances his confidence in cooking

Look at this delicious salmon and vegetable dish prepared by Adrian!

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Reschelle finds confidence in communicating

Meet Reschelle, who finds her voice through Speech Language Therapy a decade post-stroke!

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