tappON gives back with Black Dog Institute and SpinalCure Australia

tappON founders Daniel Hillyer and Maryanne Harris

tappON is expanding its mission to make healthcare more accessible, through a new Impact Partners program with Black Dog Institute and SpinalCure Australia, that provides users with the option of donating 1 per cent of their booking fee to either organisation.

Based in Wollongong, south of Sydney, tappON offers a national service empowering NDIS and Aged Care participants to connect with their ideal service providers, with autonomy over selecting who they work with for their care and support needs.

From booking in personal care, gardening and allied health services, to connecting with their favourite care workers and accessing specialist therapies such as art therapy and equine therapy, tappON has been created with the individual’s independence in mind.

Message from the founders introducing their inaugural Impact Partners


“We believe that business should be a vehicle for doing good. We’ve carefully chosen our two initial Impact Partners as organisations who are conducting world-leading research into mental health and spinal care, which are both key areas of concern for us and for our members,” said Maryanne.

“Our mission as an organisation is to empower our members in every way possible, which is why we’re giving them a choice about which organisation they’d like to support. We’ll be making donations on their behalf via contributing part of our standard booking fee, at no cost to members,” said Maryanne.

Both Black Dog Institute and SpinalCure Australia are focused on essential medical research in Australia, and both partners were carefully selected to align with the values of tappON.

With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing the symptoms of mental illness in any given year, research into mental health is more important than ever.


“Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan and this partnership is driving evidence-informed change in mental health where it’s needed most,” said Tasman Cassim, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Black Dog Institute.


And with still so much unknown about spinal cord injuries and recovery, SpinalCure Australia collaborates with expert scientific advisors to identify and fund the most promising cure-focused medical research.

“As an organisation, we understand the physical, mental and emotional toll a spinal cord injury can have on a person’s wellbeing, as four of our own SpinalCure directors live with a spinal cord injury. This partnership will mean we can further fund essential life-changing research into curing spinal cord injuries,” said Kathryn Borkovic, CEO of SpinalCure Australia.


tappON’s platform was created by founders Maryanne Harris and Daniel Hillyer, in response to their own poor experiences in accessing care after Daniel suffered an accident in 2010, which left him a quadriplegic.

Today, tappON offers its members the power to select their own care and support workers, with access to in-person and telehealth services.

To find out more about tappON and the opportunities it creates for its members and for care and support providers, visit about.tappon.co/our-impact

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