Our Story

Our story begins in Australia before crossing the Tasman to bring Better Days to New Zealand!

Rachel Brimblecombe was working as a university lecturer when she grew disappointed with the disability services available to the community. She envisioned bringing together like-minded Allied Health professionals dedicated to providing the highest level of care. People who genuinely loved what they did and wanted to achieve outstanding results for the individuals in their care. Rachel was also keen to do away with bureaucracy and outdated funding models that encouraged the idea of seeing people with disability quickly rather than effectively. With these goals in mind, Rachel established Better Rehab, the sister company to Better Days. This proved to be exactly what the community needed, as the response to our services over the years has been exceptional.

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Now Better Days says Kia Ora to New Zealand, ready to bring the same level of care and support to people living in Aotearoa!

Better Days was formed in 2021 by a passionate team of Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Therapists who have been working in the disability field for decades. We pride ourselves on being passionate and innovative, revolutionizing the way care and support is delivered. Based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, we work kanohi ki te kanohi/ face to face with adults and tamariki in their homes, private hospitals, residential care facilities, schools and early childhood centres, as well as delivering full Telehealth services nationwide.

We are headed by our National Manager, Anneke Duyvestyn. Anneke is a New Zealand-trained and NZSTA-registered Speech Language Therapist/ Kaiwhakatika i Te Reo Kōrero, who grew up in Tokoroa and spent many years working in clinical and leadership positions in NZ, the United Kingdom and Australia. She has experience working with children and adults with various conditions and diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, progressive neurological conditions (Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease) and Head and Neck Cancer.

After working a few years in New Zealand, Anneke joined Better Rehab in Melbourne as a Speech Language Therapist before becoming a Clinical Lead for Victoria. Even when she moved to London to work for the NHS, she continued to work remotely with Better Rehab, doing project work. After realising Aotearoa is the best country in the world, she returned home in 2020 and took on a role with the DHB working in the South Auckland Community, before bringing Better Days to New Zealand. With Better Days, she is excited to work towards reducing barriers and increasing independence for clients, empowering them and their whānau.

No matter how big we grow or what side of the ditch we are on, we continue to be guided by the values that have driven us from the very beginning. We will always provide people-centred and community-based services tailored to the needs of the people in our care. We continue to champion their choices and provide them with the attention and care that they deserve.

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At Better Days, we gather together a team who share a passion for delivering the highest level of care, genuinely love what they do and work hard to achieve the very best outcomes for our participants. We are committed to providing a safe, collaborative, productive and fun working environment for everybody who works with us!

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