Possability has been providing services to Tasmanians with disability for more than 25 years.
Possability initially operated as two separate organisations, Euphrasia Inc. and Tyenna Wholistic Health Incorporated. Both provided supported accommodation to people with an intellectual disability.
Euphrasia Inc. began in 1989 as a voluntary, non-government organisation, named after Sister Mary Euphrasia who founded the nun’s order in the 19th century. Euphrasia continued the Sisters’ work with accommodation supports and brought a new approach to support clients to have socially valued roles to help them achieve ‘a good life.’ Services included two group homes, a transition house and the oversight of six independent units.
Tyenna Wholistic Health Inc. commenced operation in January 1992, with the first residents from Willow Court taking up their new community accommodation in two group homes in July 1992.
In 1997 the Boards of Euphrasia and Tyenna decided to merge the two organisations, adopting the name ‘Optia,’ a Latin word meaning ‘freedom to choose.’ Over the following decade services expanded greatly, commencing in the North West in 2001 and in the North in 2008. The suite of services also grew to include Intensive Support Services, Children’s Respite at Latrobe and Adult’s Respite in the North West and North of Tasmania.
Two new semi-independent residential sites opened – in Hobart in 2009 and Burnie in 2012 – providing an innovative model for combining independence, security, support where needed and community integration.
Since the introduction of the NDIS in July 2013, we have continued to grow and introduce new services across Tasmania including a partnership with Kingston Uniting Church for supported accommodation at Rowallan Park in Southern Tasmania.
In 2015, we converted from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee and following comprehensive research and consultation with clients, families, employees and other stakeholders, the Board determined to change our name from Optia to Possability. This new name encapsulates our focus on individuals’ strengths and abilities, and the desire to inspire people to realise their potential.
In 2016, we merged with OAK Tasmania to become Tasmania’s largest disability services provider. The merger will further enhance opportunities for clients and employees, and position us strongly for the dynamic environment of the NDIS.