Nick Heywood-Smith is a registered physiotherapist and co-founder of W&L Aged Care Services and W&L Learning. Both companies specialise in mobile health and aged care and provide products and services to clients and facilities across Australia. Nick’s work experience includes working in a variety of health care settings around the world as a physiotherapist in five different countries. This includes working for the National Health Service (NHS) throughout Great Britain in both inpatient and outpatient settings; owning and operating a private massage and rehabilitation business in Kitzbuhel, Austria over two winter ski seasons; consultancy physiotherapy work in public and private facilities in Vancouver and Banff, Canada, and private physiotherapy services provided to Ed Homer, a double below knee amputee, during a summit attempt of Mt Everest in 2001 in Tibet.
Following five years overseas, Nick and his wife Nikki started Wellness & lifestyles (W&L) Australia Group. The 2 companies have grown nationally and W&L have become the market leader in the provision of mobile allied health services in Australia and service over 28,000 aged care beds. It is W&L’s vision to become the benchmark for mobile care therapy services in the aged care, home care and disability care markets. All services are backed up by a strong emphasis on educating the nurses, carers and family members of clients to improve their quality of life. This has led to the development of W&L’s own Learning Management System (LMS) which is fully customisable and contains e-learning content specific to aged and disabled clients (W&L Learning).
W&L is an accredited provider of allied health services to numerous not-for-profit and for-profit aged care organisations, care package providers and the NDIS. They have been finalists in the Telstra Business Awards in 2008 and 2009, in InBusiness Magazine’s Fast Movers for 2007, 2008 and 2009 and achieved the BRW’s Fastest 100 list for 2009. Nick was also awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Young category for the central region in 2010 and Nikki has been nominated as an Entrepreneur Of The Year in the services category for the central region in 2016.