On Wednesday 9th June, 2021, we celebrated the birthday of our founder Jenni Ballantyne with a morning tea at our Perth Head office.
It was 32 years ago that Jenni established Second Skin and from humble beginnings in a small office in Subiaco, Western Australia, the service has grown beyond Australia and New Zealand to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Jenni, an occupational therapist, and a small team of design, production and administrative staff began designing and manufacturing compression garments for burns injuries, with a focus on the need to deliver improved patient outcomes and exemplary service in this field of therapy practice.
Jenni then developed dynamic splints for neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury, stroke and congenital conditions. The Upsuit (Body Splint) was designed in 1991 in response to the need to provide effective postural support and improved functional performance for children with cerebral palsy. This splint became the starting point for the development of a full range of Second Skin splints designed to meet individual clinical and functional needs in the field of neurological dysfunction.
Through Jenni’s vision and pursuit of excellence, the Second Skin team went on to develop:
- World first innovations in compression garments
- The introduction of hydrophobic fabric to assist with wound healing and scar management of fragile skin
- The introduction of custom made compression garments for the early management of external fixators
- Innovations in design which focus on improved patient comfort, functional performance and scar outcomes
Sadly, Jenni passed away in July 2012 after a battle with cancer. She was an inspirational mentor, colleague and friend to all members of the Second Skin Team. Her work and innovation in the field of compression garments for burns and trauma management, and in the development of dynamic splinting for neurological conditions was unsurpassed and extraordinary. She highly valued her relationships with the countless numbers of clients and their families who came to seek her knowledge and care, and her relationships with therapy and medical colleagues around Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
It was Jenni’s express wish that the Second Skin team continue her work with the commitment and dedication our customers have come to know and expect. Our teams in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and London continue to celebrate Jenni’s inspirational work and take pleasure in being able to continue her legacy by developing her vision into the future.