Tony sustained a C2AISB spinal cord injury resulting in ventilator dependent tetraplegia which was consequent from removing a tumour on his spine.
Tony was a participant of the In-Voc service during his 17-month inpatient stay at Prince of Wales Hospital. In-Voc is a free expert service which supports people with a spinal cord injury to explore work, studying and volunteering options. In-Voc’s specialist vocational consultants are experienced occupational therapists and rehabilitation counsellors who can provide you with expert advice and coaching.
In-Voc offers a range of services such as vocational testing and counselling, a plan for returning to study or work, advice on what to disclose about your disability to future employers, assistance with resume and interview preparation, computer assistive technologies and workplace assessments.
During his admission with In-Voc’s assistance, he resumed his studies at the University of New South Wales and went on to complete a BA Commerce BA Law.
After graduating from University, Tony was successful in his application for a new graduate position with ASIC and commenced in early 2016.
Tony initially thought no employer would hire him due to his physical disability, however this was not his experience. In the film his employer notes the positive impact Tony’s presence in the workplace creates.
Tony is currently working full-time as an analyst for ASIC, working four days in the office and one day from home.
Watch Tony’s Story below.