2021: A Retrospective

With 2022 well and truly on the horizon, we take this time to look back on the year that was at Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation. Along with the rest of the world, we experienced a year marked by change, challenges and constant use of the phrase ‘the new normal’; however, we are so proud of the adaptability and determination shown by our entire team, culminating in a year that we believe will ultimately be remembered for its successes.

We authored two e-books

The beginning of 2021 saw the launch of our inaugural e-book; the Pain Management Guidebook. Spearheaded by National Clinical Lead Ben Davis, the book was extremely well received by clients and stakeholders alike, and paved the way for the release of our second e-book in October – the Mental Health & Exercise Guidebook. We were thrilled with the reception of both e-books, and look forward to releasing many more free resources for our clients in the future.

“These e-books are holistic in nature, providing enhanced understanding of the sometimes complex and multidimensional nature of what happens in our bodies when we exercise – both on a psychological and physical level, and more importantly, how the mind and the body interact to contribute to our overall health.” – Ben Davis, National Clinical Lead

We prioritised the physical health of people living with mental illness

In February, we were proud to become signatories to Equally Well – the brainchild of the National Mental Health Commission in Australia. We were in good company too, joining over 90 companies who’ve pledged their support to Equally Well and to their mission of ‘making the physical health of people living with mental illness a priority’. You can read the Equally Well National Consensus Statement here.

We were finalists at the 2021 PIEF Awards

In July, we were beyond excited to receive an award nomination from the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) at the Excellence in Personal Injury and Disability Management Awards. With the spotlight on our innovative and holistic wellbeing program for individuals with a Silicosis diagnosis under a workers’ compensation claim, Wholebeing Health for Silicosis, it was an auspicious honour for us to be recognised by PIEF in this way.

“The Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation team in Greater Melbourne were thrilled to be nominated alongside Gallagher Bassett – Victoria for the category of Collaboration in Injury & Disability Management. We’re proud of and grateful for the recognition of our innovative program, Wholebeing Health for Silicosis – a program designed to help individuals with Silicosis feel a greater sense of control over their condition, and become empowered to self-manage their symptoms into the future.” – Hailey Buchhorn, National Life Insurance Advisor / Area Manager – Hobart, TAS / Acting Area Manager – Darwin, NT

We opened two new offices

It was a busy month for us in July, with the grand opening of our new offices in both Hobart (our first Tasmanian office) and Far North Queensland.

We celebrated our 21st birthday

We celebrated our much anticipated 21st birthday in September, with a ‘Zoom party’ of epic proportions as our teammates from around the country joined us from their homes, backyards and offices (if they were able to gather there).

While a virtual event was certainly not what we had hoped or planned for originally, we were proud of everybody for taking it in their stride and getting into the spirit. From peeking into balloon and streamer-festooned living rooms, to seeing kids and even pets joining in on the party games, it was a joy to see the national cohort have some well-deserved fun.

We virtually helped Australians via GuardianConnect

It was another year of lockdowns, with some states worse hit than others. Through it all, our virtual GuardianConnect service ensured that all of our clients were able to continue their programs with us. We can’t express enough how grateful and proud we are of our amazing, stoic clients who dedicated themselves to their programs through rain, shine or pandemic.

“I was extremely isolated during lockdown. Not only was the exercise beneficial, but just as beneficial was the contact, the chats, the friendship. I feel very grateful to have been a part of this program.” – Anonymous Client

And that’s a wrap!

What a year it has truly been. And to think the above is just a highlights reel, with a few more honourable mentions being the events and conferences we both sponsored and attended (in person or not); a brand new suite of educational videos organised by our marketing team; and indeed, an ever-growing library of great resources for both our client and stakeholder cohort. Thank you to those who came along on the ride with us – we wish you all a restful and fun festive break, with a bigger and brighter 2022 to come.

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