Aged care and disability providers have featured in the top ten best places to work in the health category of the recent AFR Best Places to Work awards.

Aged care and disability providers have featured in the top ten best places to work in the health category of the recent AFR Best Places to Work awards.

Marcella Romero

The awards recognise organisations that are pioneering new ways of working and pushing boundaries around workplace policies and practices.

Arriba Group was named the number two best place to work, behind pharamceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.

LiveBig, one of Arriba’s family of businesses, provides specialist allied health and assessment services for people with disability including NDIS participants. The group also provides disability employment services.

CEO and founder Marcella Romero says LiveBig’s goal is to simplify the process of accessing support services ant home and in the community and to bring innovation to the sector through digital platforms and the latest technologies.

The company has implemented a range of staff wellbeing initiatives including “You Days” for recreation and volunteering, and a flexible pay program. It focuses on five wellbeing principles for employees: professional, physical, psychological, emotional and organisational.

Bringing innovation to the sector

Afea Care Services came in at number three for its anniversary bonus scheme and Sydney-based provider Five Good Friends, which has established a people and culture committee, was number eight.

Victorian NDIS provider WHR Allied Health, which provides supports across the Barwon and Albury-Wodonga regions, was number nine.

WHR was one of the smaller employees to take home an award in the category with 45 staff, and earned its top-ten position for allowing employees to engage in two paid hours a day of self-care, such as meditation or surfing.

Assessment criteria

The top ten companies are decided by a staff survey and an assessment completed by an HR representative.  

Assessment criteria include flexibility, wellbeing, empowerment, learning, choice, challenge, equality, democracy and belonging.

The winners were announced in April across ten industry-specific categories.

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