Our Initiatives

The foundation embodies icare’s ethos of a commercial heart with a social mind. We work with partners to create societal value so that the people of NSW are happier and healthier.

Everymind: Small business mental health

$1.1m investment

We have partnered with Everymind to help small business address mental health in the workplace. 

We know that people who work in small businesses face a unique set of mental health risks. We also know that most small businesses simply don’t have the resources to address mental health. That’s why we have stepped up to the plate with $1.1m in funding for an Everymind pilot program into mental health in small business. 

This 18-month pilot aims to understand the mental health issues faced by those in small businesses. From this, researchers will build a suite of mental health support services, tailored to small business.

Agency for Clinical Innovation: Vocational Intervention Program

Phase 1: $576,000 investment (complete)

Phase 2: $1.75m investment 

After successfully delivering the initial pilot, the Agency for Clinical Innovation has now been approved for $1.75m of funding to continue the program into its next phase. 

We are helping people with a brain injury return to the workforce through our partnership with the Agency for Clinical Innovation and its Vocational Intervention Program. 

We all know the benefits of employment: income, social connection, intellectual engagement, personal achievement, and mental and physical wellbeing. 

For people with a brain injury however, going back to work after trauma can be hard. That’s why we’ve funded the Vocational Intervention Program stage 2 trial, which facilitates return to work by pairing rehabilitation service providers and NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Directorate (BIRD) teams with people living with a severe brain injury. 

Together with the injured person, the teams work to facilitate return to work, or entry into a brand-new career.

Craig's Table NSW

$500,000 investment

We’re supporting injured workers to return to work, through our partnership with Craig’s Table initiative. 

Founded by injured worker Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson, this world-first program provides people with an empathetic support system, as well as a community and work placement program. Here, workers are given new job skill training so that they can re-enter the workforce and build a brand-new future.   

Spinal Cord Injury Australia: Neuromoves

$150,000 investment 

We’re helping people in rural and remote areas access the specialist help they need through our partnership with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia. 

We know that in NSW half of all people affected by a spinal cord injury live outside of major cities. That’s why we have partnered with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia to bring Neuromoves, a specialist spinal cord rehabilitation program, to regional and remote NSW. Neuromoves uses specialised equipment and a suite of exercise services to improve the mobility, function and confidence of people with spinal cord injuries.

Primary & Community Care Services: GP Social Prescription

$1.4m investment 

We’re investing in people’s mental, social and emotional health to help them feel better sooner by partnering with Primary and Community Care Services. 

Our mental, emotional and social wellbeing all play a vital role in our overall health. That’s why we’ve funded a truly innovative program to get doctors across NSW to embrace holistic health for their patients, through GP social prescription. 

GP social prescription works alongside traditional medical interventions, to help patients who whose long-term conditions may be exacerbated by isolation, depression or anxiety. 

For these patients, social prescription activities are a way to promote self-expression and to build social connection, self-esteem, control, empowerment, resilience and happiness.

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