Jasmine Harris

Good Work Forum - Programme

October 31, 2018
Get in quick to register for this Free Good Work Forum in Wellington next week on the 8th November. Fit For Work is proud to be working with the Health Benefits of Good Work Steering Group and supporting International Speaker, Professor Anne Harriss, in spreading the Good Work message. Full Programme details here: Good Work Forum - Programme

What is it like to work as an Occupational Therapist?

October 26, 2018
It's Occupational Therapy week. Fit For Work team member Lois Hill discusses what it is like to be an Occupational Therapsit and why it is a smart career choice. What do you do on a daily basis to assist people to improve their wellbeing and quality of life? For many people work is an integral part of who they are. It gives them a sense of identity, a, social network, provides routine and financial security. Being unable to work due...

The Role of Cultural Competence in Occupational Therapy

October 25, 2018
Fit For Work Occupational Therapist Rachel Thomas talks about the role of Cultural Competence in Occupational Therapy Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. I was recently kindly gifted this beautiful Paua Shell and Pounamu from a Maori client that I have been engaging with in a back to work programme. I was thrilled to receive such a lovely gift, especially because at the beginning of the journey, I noticed that...

Nutrition for gut health

October 15, 2018
Gut health is currently one of the hottest topics in nutrition and wellbeing with various products such as sauerkraut, probiotic containing yoghurt or fermented beverages such as komboucha claiming to be just what you need for gut health. While there is evidence to suggest that including these functional foods is warranted we have plenty of other simple nutrition advice to share when it comes to showing your gut some much needed love. It is first important to understand why looking...

Helping Others Achieve Their Dreams

October 10, 2018
Fit For Work Vocational Consultant Kirsty Glen was recently interviewed by Wild Tomato magazine about her experiences advising people on their careers, which in turn prompted her to study to gain additional qualifications. "I’ve been in the field for the last 15 years and it was my clients – their courage and resilience in the face of adversity – as well as being a parent that inspired me." View the entire article here.
Filed under Career Change

Stepping our way to health for a great cause

September 17, 2018
Fit For Work Accounts team member Jenny Harris is training for a marathon in October. She is active year-round, training for different sporting events. However, some of the Fit For Work team are not usually quite so energetic. Last year Jenny introduced the team to Steptember, a campaign run by The Cerebral Palsy Society in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Australia. The charity event challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight in the month...

Helping clients with serious injuries get back to work

August 29, 2018
Vocational Consultants work with clientele that have sustained injuries and who have been advised by a medical professional that they can no longer do the job that they were doing at the time the injury occurred. Vocational Consultants help them with upskilling and training so that they can develop additional skills to enable them to find alternate, medically suitable work. Fit For Work Vocational Consultant Zoe specialises in working with serious injury clients. “My clients are complex because their injuries...
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Keep moving, work longer!

December 13, 2017
No matter what your age, it is never too late too start exercising says Fit For Work Physiotherapist Ellen Smoothy. There are a number of benefits to keeping up exercise as you age including maintaining or losing weight, reducing the impact of illness, and improving sleep. However, one of the biggest positives is the increased likelihood of being injury free and therefore maintaining employment. “As we get older it is not uncommon for people to slow down on their physical...

Healthy Habit Hero - Dr David Beaumont

December 4, 2017
Fit For Work Director Dr David Beaumont was recently selected to be Synergy Health's "Healthy Habit Hero". Here's what he had to say: As I look out of my Cromwell office window at the blue sky and sun reflecting off the last vestiges of snow on the mountains I feel gratitude for arriving in Central Otago 12 years ago. It was a family holiday from the UK. We never left! I’m an Occupational Physician – a rare breed of doctor,...

Work Readiness Programme secures exciting new career

October 12, 2017
At the start of the year, Brendon Storer couldn’t have imagined working in a classroom full of children. But, with just the right mix of support and encouragement, during Fit For Work’s Work Readiness programme, he has found a permanent job that has changed his life. The new position is also making a huge difference to the lives of his eager young pupils who are benefitting from his role as a Teachers’ Aide. The Balclutha local had previously been supported by...
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