breakthru Merge with Leading Rehabilitation and Disability Support Provider Royal Rehab


Monday, 29 November 2021

Today breakthru announced that it has merged with Royal Rehab, a leading not-for-profit provider of rehabilitation and disability support services.

With a combined 26 locations and 1,300+ staff, the merger will provide thousands of Australians — including many in regional areas — with more opportunities to access industry-leading disability and rehabilitation services.

By coming together as one organisation, breakthru customers will have the opportunity to access additional services including neurological, cardiac, and orthopaedic rehabilitation services, supported independent living and specialist disability accommodation.

In addition, breakthru customers will also gain access to cutting-edge therapies that utilise the latest rehabilitation technology such as robotics, virtual reality and more.

Customers will also have the opportunity to access bespoke disability support services, mental health supports and employment services in locations across New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria. Nationally recognised training will also be available for aspiring disability support workers, aged care workers, allied health assistants and mental health professionals.

According to breakthru General Manager Judi Higgin, “By bringing together our shared skills and expertise we will enable improved access to a wider range of services and supports, which will ultimately enhance opportunities and life outcomes for thousands of people across Australia.

‘’By joining forces, our customers will be provided the opportunity to access better technology and clinical services, which is particularly valuable for many people in our regional and rural locations. Merging also allows us to complement Royal Rehab’s existing rehabilitation facilities with our employment and training services, taking us one step closer to our vision of seamless inclusion for people with disability.”

Matt Mackay, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Rehab, said “We are excited to bring together the vast experience and expertise of both organisations to break down barriers and enable Australians with disability to access a wider range of services. This will provide more choice and allow individuals to build a range of holistic supports to meet their specific needs. At the heart of this merger, is our purpose — to empower people living with illness, injury or disability to achieve their potential.”

The organisations will bring together a combined 146 years of experience, specialist skills and expertise in the rehabilitation and disability support sectors. The merger will enable both breakthru and Royal Rehab to share in training, upskilling and research opportunities for the 1,300+ employees across both organisations, positively contributing to the health care and community services sectors.

breakthru will now operate as a subsidiary of Royal Rehab under the breakthru brand

If you are an existing breakthru customer and you have any questions or comments, please contact Nhu Nguyen via

If you are an existing Royal Rehab customer and you have any questions or comments, please contact Stephen Khoury via

We look forward to sharing more news in the coming months about exciting new services for our customers!





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About Royal Rehab

Royal Rehab is a leading rehabilitation and disability support provider and registered non-profit organisation. Established in 1899, Royal Rehab is highly regarded for its state-wide specialist brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. The services also incorporate supported accommodation, two private hospitals (Royal Rehab Private and MetroRehab Hospitals), a purpose-built resort for people with spinal cord injury (Sargood on Collaroy) and community services which provide clients with holistic quality care.

Royal Rehab is managed by an experienced and specialised team dedicated to empowering people to achieve their potential. The organisation is committed to clinical excellence, innovation, research, and education. For more information on Royal Rehab visit


About breakthru

breakthru is a leading for-purpose disability support organisation, registered NDIS provider, disability employment services provider and registered training organisation. With over 25 years of experience, breakthru strives to address the complex needs of disadvantaged Australians.

breakthru’s offerings include mental health and disability services, allied health, and employment support. breakthru also provides training services for disability support workers, aged care workers, allied health assistants and mental health professionals. With extensive geographic coverage across New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, the breakthru team is motivated by the vision ‘that people with disability experience seamless inclusion’.