Reconciliation Action Plan

Royal Rehab CEO Statement

On behalf of Royal Rehab, I pay my respects to the land of our origins in Ryde, New South Wales, acknowledging the traditional owners, the Wallumedegal people, and Elders past and present.

I would also like to honour our past and our founder, Susan Schardt (1872–1934). The story of Royal Rehab began with Susan Schardt, a remarkable woman with enormous compassion and a pioneering spirit, who reached out to people with disabilities who were otherwise shunned by society. Her commitment to this purpose informed her life’s work and laid the foundations of Royal Rehab.

Today, Royal Rehab is guided by our bold vision for a world without limits for people with disability, illness and injury. We are purposeful and motivated by three key reasons—our customers, our people, and a hunger for a better and bolder future.

Matt Mackay
Chief Executive Officer
Royal Rehab

“We honour the delivery of our Reconciliation Action Plan and are proud to take our first steps towards formalising our reconciliation journey and learning more about the work we can do for a better Australia for all.”

The investment in next-generation, advanced technology within our state-of-the-art therapy centre in Ryde is testament to our aspirations as we set the pace for rehabilitation standards in Australia. Our recent merger with for-purpose organisation breakthru, with locations across Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales—from Cairns in our north, to Melbourne in the south and west of the Great Dividing Range, to Dubbo, Coonabarabran and centres in regional New South Wales—allows us to greatly extend our reach as we deliver disability services to more people than ever before.

Placing those we serve at the centre of everything we do, we have also embarked on our reconciliation journey as we take steps to incorporate the wisdom of the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan program into the fabric of our organisation. These include a commitment to increasing the understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and rights, establishing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations, increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment, retention and professional development, and increasing the diversity of our suppliers to support improved economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.