Amanda Slade is a client of Steve Burgess, Invacare Australia / New Zealand's Business Leader Customer Power. Amanda wrote this brief account which runs through her thoughts about her journey to finding the power chair that meets her needs perfectly.
"I remember my first Invacare wheelchair. I had an Arrow power chair without tilt at that stage, with a joystick head control.
The proverb “clothes make the man”, meaning that people will judge you by the clothes you wear, has quite an impressive literary pedigree – from Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ in 8 B.C. to William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ in 1600, to Mark Twain in the late 1800s - the importance of making a good impression by way of your attire has been around for a long time.
Sharelle Lincoln, General Manager of Rentals New Zealand, says she loves how working for Invacare provides her with the opportunity to ‘give back’. “We truly make a difference to others, and this is important to me. I have also found that Invacare is a business that encourages staff to be empowered and progress, another important perk of my workplace.“
Carers are an integral part of Australia and New Zealand's health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative, and community care systems. Australia has over 2.7 million carers, approximately 12% of the population and New Zealand has 430,000 carers, about 10% of the population, however, this number may not represent the true number of carers. Many people in caring roles do not identify as carers and as such are often not linked to services and support that can assist them.
Denice Neale, Invacare Territory Business Manager QLD and Northern NSW, is committed to her role at the company and is determined to make a positive impact on people’s lives, and this is also something she is very keen to have her customers know about her.
Denice says, “I love explaining the differences between cost and value propositions so that when possible the end user gets the quality equipment they deserve.”
This Mother’s Day we are celebrating all the mums who make up the Invacare community – mums who are our clients, partners, and our staff. Caren Williams, Invacare Australia/New Zealand Accounts Receivable Officer and mum, tells us a little about her role and about being an "Invacare mum".
Jason Williams, Invacare Technician, enjoys being “hands-on”, and considers himself a fast learner who is not afraid to try new things. Jason has worked in various roles at Invacare Australia/New Zealand over the years, including Rentals Installer and Rentals Store person. Currently, Jason’s role primarily involves servicing oxygen and rentals equipment.
Jason says, “As an individual, I play my role the best I can as small contributions can have an impact on my team and the business. Even after 9 years, I am still learning something interesting.”
Language, and the significance we attach to words, creates attitudes, drives social policies and laws, influences our feelings and our decisions, and has an effect on people's lives. Words, their meanings, and how we use words matters a great deal.
Often, the way someone is devalued, marginalised, and discriminated against is through language, by using words or labels to identify a person or group as "less-than," as "the other", or "not like us”. Once a person or group has been identified this way, it makes it easier to justify prejudice and exclusion.
Steve Avery, a veteran who was medically discharged in January 2019, is a big believer in adaptive sports as a means for healing both physical and mental health injuries sustained during service. And his own journey is a great example of how this works.
Originally introduced to adaptive sports when a work colleague informed him of the Invictus Games, Steve started playing wheelchair basketball in October 2017 and hasn’t looked back.
Terance Tang, Invacare’s Payroll Administrator, is a big believer in balance, in regards to work and life, as shown in her favourite quote: Happiness is a place between too much and too little. What Terance most enjoys about her role at Invacare is the fact that it allows her that work/life balance that she appreciates so much.
Terance’s role involves working on all payroll matters - she processes end-to-end payroll, attends to payroll related inquiries, generates payroll related reports, and ensures that staff are always paid accurately and on time.