Meet the team
The team and why we’re doing this.
Clinical Psychologist / Head of Therapy
Joanna grew up in country Victoria and was fortunate to have her own pony at the age of 7, spending hours riding out in the national park, as well as attending pony club and gymkhanas. Joanna learnt the value of time spent with horses, and the special relationship you build not only through handling them but riding, training and learning together.
Alisha Griffiths, a born horsewoman, destined to live and work with horses is the founder of Rehab4Rehab. Rehab4Rehab was an idea stemmed from Alisha’s strong need to help retired racehorses, where she could offer them a home and a new life post racing.
Maja always loved animals and dreamed of having horses in her life, but it wasn’t until her daughter became obsessed with horses from an early age that made it all happen. Attending pony clubs, school holidays programs and watching hours of riding lessons for years ultimately meant that she needed to find her daughter her very own horse.
Board Member and Fundraising Professional
Courtney is an accomplished fundraising professional and equestrian with a background spanning Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Israel and Europe.
Why we’re doing this?
Rehab4Rehab was established to respond to the needs of our community and blend together equine and human health services with a powerful formula.
Located on the Mornington Peninusla at the home of Red Hill Equestrian, Rehab4Rehab offers an inclusive approach to the health and education of children and the health and education of retired racehorses.
Focusing on children with mental health issues /disengaged youth & retired racehorses, the Rehab4Rehab programs include working with horses in delivering their care, ground skills, training and mounted therapy.
“It is becoming increasingly accepted that horses assist children when included in therapeutic programs. Rehab4Rehab works with and will continue to expand our resources of therapists with in-depth equine facilitated therapy experience.”
Working on a planned collaboration with Monash University, we can research outcomes in Equine Assisted Therapy as evidence-based practice. Should it be confirmed as more successful than traditional therapy, we can train more horses and more therapists to make this available to thousands of children and retired thoroughbreds in need.
Our charity needs your help
We already have a waiting list of families who cannot afford equine therapy. They do not yet have a diagnosis which means:
• no mental health plan or
• they do have a mental health plan BUT, it may not cover equine therapy