History of The Clinic of Hope Pty Ltd
Tyack Health, as we know it today, has evolved over time from The Clinic of Hope.
Hope and Lionel Taylor and their four children began a community health centre in Hargreaves Road in 1962. People needing care came as day or live-in patients, free of charge. Mr Ted Brockhurst assisted by making a larger adjacent stretch of land available. Healing was facilitated by community, laughter, honesty, faith, and participation.
Hope and Lionel Taylor's four children studied in different medical fields, as did some of their partners and cousins. There were three girls: Julia, Lois, Rosemary and a son Cedric. The girls studied Chiropractic. This aspect of the practice began in 1967. Cedric Taylor practiced medicine along with Lois' husband Weston Allen. The next generation studied medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychology. Hope and Lionel remained active caring for guests or being host to day patients until 1980. They, along with other team members, ran Total Health evening programmes for local participants. The Total Health programmes were then extended to community centres and universities in other Australian cities and were attended by hundreds of professional men and women. The focus was aimed at the professional male who had been identified by the Framingham Study, (the world's largest population study at the time), as being in high risk categories. The team felt they could help to change the habits of Australians by providing medical testing and lifestyle advice. It has been acknowledged that this provided a catalyst for what became a revolution in lifestyle for many Australians. These programmes saw the beginning of groups or individuals walking or jogging in suburbia morning and evenings. Public awareness increased about the effects of lifestyle on heart disease and cancer.
By the mid 80's, according to a national survey, the Clinic operating from the property at 180 Hargreaves Road was the largest new patient practice of physical medicine in Australia. The principles on which Hope and Lionel based the community health centre remained the foundation of practice. Dr Cedric Taylor and Julia Tyack were the principal practitioners, along with Dr Weston Allen.
Plans were in progress for a new facility because the existing premises were bursting at the seams. The family vision for nearly thirty years was for an integrated physical therapies team where patients could consult their discipline of choice ranging through medicine, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathic and myofascial therapy. Practitioners would be advantaged by collective knowledge and expertise. This would help to keep the team on the cutting edge of modern science. The new facility was occupied on the 6th of September, 1997. Over twelve hundred patients a week now visit the facility and are offered an extensive range of health care options, including general practice, chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy, psychology, nursing care, dietetics, podiatry, exercise stability and professional massage.