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Around one in twelve children in Australia have a disability and half of these children are profoundly affected in their ability to undertake basic day-to-day activities. Disability not only affects a child’s health but every aspect of their life and experiences.

In the early years of life, children with physical disabilities often struggle to achieve basic development goals such as rolling, sitting, crawling and taking those ever-so-important first steps.

Our vision is that every disabled child in Australia is able to live their life to their full potential.

Our mission is to improve the lives of disabled children through:

  • Advancing and developing programs and training to inspire breakthroughs in paediatric care
  • Connecting and building support networks and programs for impacted families
  • Creating experiences that nourish and fire the human spirit

JTF was established as a charitable organisation in December 2010. During this time, the foundation has raised funds from a variety of sources to actively support health professionals and services working with children with disabilities.

Please feel free to reach out and contact us.

Fundraising

JTF is once again holding a teamwork and leadership event and would love if you and your team could join us for a great afternoon.

One of the biggest challenges in business is getting the best out of your people, ensuring that they all know what is expected of them and are working collaboratively to achieve the same outcome. Teamwork at the Edge® is the true story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart sailing race where, in the most difficult and tragic of conditions, one unremarkable and little known boat managed to survive, finish the race safely and cross the line first. This program provides not only a theoretical explanation but an experiential deep dive into teamwork in the most trying conditions. Your team will emerge from this experience with a series of strategies to help them achieve their maximum potential and an inspirational tale to help drive their enthusiasm.

(Teamwork at the Edge® and Metaventure® are registered service marks of The Syncretics Group, Inc.)

Date : Wednesday 9th May 2018

Time: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Address: Sofitel Hotel, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne

Investment:  $200 pp or $1900 for table of 10

Click on the image above to purchase tickets.

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision is that every disabled child in Australia is able to live their life to their full potential.

Our Mission is to improve the lives of children with disabilities through:

  • Advancing and developing programs and training to inspire breakthroughs in paediatric care
  • Connecting and building support networks and programs for impacted families
  • Creating experiences that nourish and fire the human spirit

The Joanne Tubb Foundation does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of community members.

Our Inspiration

Joanne ‘Jo’ Tubb was a beautiful, vibrant young woman who loved life and exuded a special sparkle. She adored her family and friends and had the ability to make each feel as though they were the centre of her world.  This sparkle was not only apparent with her dearly loved family and friends, it was clearly evident in her work as a paediatric physiotherapist.

Jo established the paediatric physiotherapy service at the Angliss Hospital, Ferntree Gully, Victoria.  She developed a team of paediatric therapists who had a profound impact on hundreds of children with developmental delays, neo-natal feeding difficulties, hip dysplasia and spina bifida. Jo’s excellence in paediatric physiotherapy gained her peer recognition and leadership roles. This allowed her to mentor junior staff and culminated in a senior clinician role at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

In 2002, Jo was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritoneii (a rare abdominal cancer). She courageously fought with great dignity and determination for six years, but unfortunately lost her battle in 2008, aged 31 years.  Jo’s passion and commitment to her profession was emphasised by her focus to overcome obstacles and return to part-time work in 2007. This enabled her to sustain her sense of identity and purpose.

Jo had the ability to see a need, be proactive and initiate development in the area of paediatric physiotherapy.

Jo is without a doubt our inspiration.

Our History

Jo was always at the centre of wonderful things, be it organising social functions for university or making a big fuss of special occasions. Therefore, Jo’s husband, Chris, wanted to organise an impressive function in her memory. It aimed to be a grand affair with all the things she loved; glitz, glamour and most importantly her family and friends.

When Chris discussed this with a group of Jo’s nearest and dearest a seed was planted. That small idea snowballed into the establishment of the Joanne Tubb Foundation. The primary aim being to celebrate the knowledge and skills Jo used to enhance so many children’s lives.

It was therefore agreed that the board would work towards generating funds to assist health professionals working with children (for example, awarding annual scholarships to undergraduate and/or post graduate students specialising in paediatric physiotherapy) and to increase awareness of the need for specialised physiotherapy input.

As for the rest of the story………..the best is yet to come.