Thank you to SOPB, SOP Foundation and the Healthy Strides Foundation (Perth, Western Australia)
From the beginnings of Therapists Abroad and the Get Equip'd program, to the establishment of the Healthy Strides Foundation in Perth, Western Australia - it has been a goal for the team to bring a world class therapy service to Miri Malaysia and with the support of SOP Foundation and the Australian based team at Healthy Strides, it is now a reality!
We are a lean organisation – we use our resources and time in the most efficient way possible, helping our dollar and time to go further so that we can spend our valuable time providing evidence-based interventions for the children that come through our doors.
With this in mind, we are also very mindful of the impact that interventions have on families that already have so much to think about. This is the reason why our core value is in the provision of evidence-based interventions.
Evidenced based practice is the “conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use of current best evidence in clinical decision making”.
Services should be evidence-based. Providing the best results, with the very latest in scientific knowledge and expertise.
Dr Pool is a leading clinician and researcher with Curtin University, Telethon Kids Institute and the Healthy Strides Foundation in Perth Western Australia. Dr Pool is also the founder of Therapists Abroad and Get Equip'd also based out of Western Australia.
Dayna is the co-founder and director of Therapists Abroad Inc (trading as Get Equip’d) - a Not-for-Profit, Public Benevolent Institution. The organisation aims to support the training and provision of equipment for children with disabilities in Miri, Malaysia. The vision is to build the capacity of the local community through partnerships with local disability service providers and local industry.
Since 2018, Therapists Abroad Inc have provided hands-on training opportunities for physiotherapy and occupational therapy students with bi-annual trips. The placements offer richly interactive and personalised fieldwork placements under the guidance of experienced clinicians through the volunteer Therapists Abroad Network. This work actively supports bringing about social change for children with disabilities in Miri, Malaysia.
After years of developing relationships with the people of Miri, Dayna saw an opportunity to draw on even more links so that children in Miri can also experience first hand, a world-class rehabilitation facility.
Dayna founded The Healthy Strides Foundation in 2018. It is an organisation that is based in Perth, Australia that provides dedicated intensive therapy services to children with neurological conditions and injuries to improve quality of life for meaningful participation.
The heart of Healthy Strides has to be to grow the capacity of children with disabilities and their family. Alongside this, they strongly believe in advocating for greater opportunities for children and their families to participate in the community. It is this mission that has resonated with key stakeholders in Miri, Malaysia.
Our vision is for Healthy Strides Malaysia to be a centre of excellence in South East Asia. Through the ongoing support of Healthy Strides Foundation in Perth, our skills and experienced therapists will support the establishment of an evidence based rehabilitation centre in Malaysia. Our partnership will improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and by doing so, enable meaningful participation so that children and their families can live their best lives.
Founded on the iStride research study, the KINDY MOVES study, the Power of One research project and the CP-Movetime research project - Healthy Strides Malaysia team members are mentored and guided by one of Australia's finest, dedicated intensive therapy teams.
With decades of experience - from the broader health care community to Perth Children's Hospital (formerly Princess Margaret Hospital) and collaborating with leading institutes from across Australia and the globe, the Healthy Strides is proud to be able to bring their expertise and experience to Miri Malaysia.