OUR businessES

Abano operates two businesses in separate areas of the rehabilitation sector - Residential and community rehabilitation and Orthotics. These businesses provided 16 percent of Abano’s revenue for the 2008 financial year.

Abano owns 100 percent of three businesses in the Residential and Community Rehabilitation sector. Health Partners, offering assessment services; Ranworth, providing residential rehabilitation and supported accommodation, particularly for those with brain injuries; and Burtons, providing clinical intervention to community based clients. The sector operates in a fixed price environment and revenue is 99 percent funded by ACC and the MOH. Abano Rehabilitation works closely with the ACC, the major funder to maintain relationships and secure ongoing referrals. Residential contracts have been undergoing review for some time and the businesses have evolved to ensure they are well positioned for this change.

Abano also owns 100 percent of Orthotic Centre NZ, the country’s foremost supplier of orthotics services and specialist products. The Orthotic Centre operates in three areas - clinical services, wholesale product sales and manufacturing services. It currently has its own clinical and manufacturing facilities in Auckland and Wellington as well as having clinical facilities in Hamilton and the North Shore of Auckland. Each centre provides assessment clinics conducted by an orthopedic specialist and Orthotists to assess referrals from the community leading to prescriptions for orthoses and services to each client’s requirements. In addition, weekly or daily off site clinics are held in all public hospitals in Auckland, Wellington and the Waikato. Regular clinics are also held in special needs schools as well as private health centers.


 Financial Performance

* After allocation of corporate overhead

PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT in rehabilitation

The rehabilitation businesses employ more than 230 people.

Training and personal development of staff are key focuses for both businesses to ensure the best care and service is provided to our clients.

  • Twice yearly conferences for Rehabilitation Coach Assistants and annual Clinicians’ conference
  • Two senior staff presenting papers at an Industry Rehabilitation conference
  • Rehabilitation staff attend a range of different clinical and contractual training sessions facilitated by ACC and attend national medical and rehabilitation conferences
  • Rehabilitation workforce development initiatives funded by Ministry of Health including certification, specially designed training and attendance at conferences
  • With limited training or education in New Zealand, the majority of Orthotists are recruited offshore. Orthotic Centre is registered with the Immigration Service under the Talent Visa policy
  • Orthotic Centre works with AUT and others to champion a course within the Health Science degree, and also offers technical training to AUT students
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