Entries by Elise Slavin

Supporting Women in Life and Work

As a woman and a mother, I understand the challenges that come with juggling family, career and everyday life. What I also know to be true, is that it is possible to “have it all”, with the right support. Throughout my journey to achieve professional freedom and satisfaction, I have consistently seen the benefits of […]

Women supporting women

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” — Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022 Politics and controversy aside, Madeleine Albright had a remarkable career. She’ll be remembered by this generation for her ‘revolutionary’ declaration that women must support each other – or a special place in hell is reserved just for […]

How do OTs achieve work-life balance?

Helen Whait, ActivOT founder and franchisor, is a dedicated mother of three boys. She wrote this article about how ActivOT has transformed her work-life balance:  2022 marks fifteen years since I started ActivOT and ten years since I launched the business as a franchise. Back in 2007, with the birth of my third son, I knew […]

Telehealth to continue for veterans

Helen Whait, ActivOT founder and franchisor, is an active member of the Occupational Therapy Australia Department of Veteran Affairs National Reference Group. She writes this important update for our DVA clients. “In my role on reference group, I’ve been working hard to ensure veterans and war widows have continued access to the telehealth introduced in […]

Franchising in Occupational Therapy with ActivOT

I’m pretty thrilled to share that I was recently named a finalist in the 2020-21 Allied Health Leadership & Management Excellence Awards for my work creating Australia’s first occupational therapy (OT) franchise, ActivOT. It’s wonderful news. But instead of just sharing the news, I’d like to share five nuggets of hard-earned wisdom I’ve learned along […]

Why is ActivOT a franchise business?

ActivOT is Australia’s first and currently only occupational therapy (OT) franchise business. While franchising is relatively common in the business world it is definitely not something that you’ll see often in the healthcare arena. So why is ActivOT a franchise business? We know that franchising has certain connotations, so this article aims to clear up […]

DVA pays allied health workers less than NDIS professionals

We’ve posted about some issues currently under review with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on our social media in the past few months, including an article by the ABC about pay inequities for allied health workers caring for veterans. The article explains how workers are facing a choice between higher pay and caring for patients […]