tappON is expanding its mission to make healthcare more accessible, through a new Impact Partners program with Black Dog Institute and SpinalCure Australia, contributing essential research funding via the tappON platform.
Based in Wollongong, NSW, tappON offers a national service empowering NDIS and Aged Care participants to connect with their ideal service providers, with autonomy over selecting who they work with for their care and support needs.
From booking in personal care, gardening and allied health services, to connecting with their favourite care workers and accessing specialist therapies such as art therapy and equine therapy, tappON has been created with the individual's independence in mind.
Maryanne Harris, co-founder of tappON, said the new Impact Partners program has been designed to amplify the positive impact of tappON.
“We believe that business should be a vehicle for doing good. We’ve carefully chosen our two initial Impact Partners as organisations who are conducting world-leading research into mental health and spinal care, which are both key areas of concern for us and for our members,” said Harris.
tappON members will be able to select which organisation they’d like to support via the platform, and then tappON will donate 1 percent of their booking fee to either Black Dog Institute or SpinalCure Australia.
“Our mission as an organisation is to empower our members in every way possible, which is why we’re giving them a choice about which organisation they’d like to support. We’ll be making donations on their behalf via contributing part of our standard booking fee, at no cost to members,” said Harris.
Both Black Dog Institute and SpinalCure Australia are focused on essential medical research in Australia, and both partners were carefully selected to align with the values of tappON.
With one in five Australians experiencing the symptoms of mental illness in any given year, research into mental health is more important than ever.
“Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan, and this partnership is driving evidence-informed change in mental health where it’s needed most,” said Tasman Cassim, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Black Dog Institute.
And with still so much unknown about spinal cord injuries and recovery, SpinalCure Australia collaborates with expert scientific advisors to identify and fund the most promising cure-focused medical research.
“As an organisation, we understand the physical, mental and emotional toll a spinal cord injury can have on a person’s wellbeing, as four of our own SpinalCure directors live with a spinal cord injury. This partnership will mean we can further fund essential life-changing research into curing spinal cord injuries,” said Kathryn Borkovic, CEO of SpinalCure Australia.
tappON’s platform was created by founders Maryanne Harris and Daniel Hillyer, in response to their own poor experiences in accessing care after Daniel suffered an accident in 2010, which left him a quadraplegic.
Today, tappON offers its members the power to select their own care and support workers, with access to in-person and telehealth services.