Founder Stories Series | MediStays

We are thrilled to introduce our second story featuring Sarah Everitt, Director and Co-Founder of MediStays!


MediStays is the leading Australian website assisting patients, carers and health care professionals to book hospital, NDIS accommodation and other accessible accommodation.


Learn more about this innovative startup by watching Sarah’s story below…


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A time-coded transcript of this video is available for download and the script is also available below.


Sarah Everitt [00:00:02]

It’s really humbling to know that you can have a positive impact on people’s lives. It’s very grounding and very rewarding.


My name is Sarah Everitt and I’m the director and co-founder of Medistays. Medistays is a platform to support people on a medical journey, who need to be accommodated somewhere safe and trusted.


The other co-founder is Craig, who is also my husband. Craig and I both had been working in cancer clinics for our entire careers. We both also grew up in country towns. And so we both loved meeting people that were traveling from the country but heard from them over and over how challenging it was to travel long distances for care and that one of the biggest barriers was finding somewhere safe to stay nearby.


In 2016, my aunt was diagnosed with cancer and she was living in a remote outback community as a nurse. And she ended up flying to Sydney with the Royal Flying Doctor Service for emergency surgery. And it was at that time when we started Googling for accommodation for a family to stay with her and realized that the only options that we were coming up with a holiday websites.


That was definitely the light bulb moment when we decided to take action and thought there must be a better way. We were really surprised by how significant this problem was. A study in New South Wales showed that for every 100 km people had to travel for cancer care the survival was reduced by 6 per cent.


To get ready, Medistays developed and off the ground was a huge learning curve, and I guess we’re just continually on the vertical. Our first step was to set up an MVP basic website.


The next step was really to create a platform where we had more relevant information for people, so accessibility, access to financial support, also support services and detailed information about the accommodation.


We launched the Medistays website in 2017 with around 18 properties and now we have more than 700 properties Australia wide. Everybody within the Remarkable team is so passionate about positively impacting the lives of people with disabilities.


So for the start ups involved in the program, it’s like they’re, just fully immersed in helping us succeed. It’s just so incredibly humbling. And we can have a really big day and that one tiny piece of feedback just absolutely fills my tank to want to strive and keep on supporting people in the future.



Come celebrate Sarah’s achievements and learn more about her plans for the future at our online Demo Day on Tuesday the 13th of July! Registrations are essential.

Join us for #RA21 Demo Day

Purple background with bold white title that reads '#RA21 Demo Day' and the CPA and Remarkable logo in the top-centre of the image. You’re invited to our 2021 virtual Demo Day, which will be a showcase of the incredible growth of our #RA21 cohort over the course of our 14-week accelerator program.


Our startups this year are working on solving a diverse range of problems that have never been tackled through the accelerator before, including a Tunisian-based 3D printed bionic arms to an adaptive clothing designer featured in Melbourne Fashion Week, and many more incredible startups.


To learn more about this year’s cohort check out their websites:


Demo Day will kick off at 6:00pm AEST on Tuesday the 13th of July and marks the conclusion of our program. This is an opportunity to hear from each founder about how they’re harnessing the power of technological innovation to drive the inclusion of people with disability.


This event will be held in the same format as last year’s Demo Day whereby we will be live streaming pre-recorded pitches followed by an opportunity to connect with our startups virtually after the screening. To get more of an understanding of how this will work you can check out last year’s Demo Day below.


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Registrations are essential and more details about the evening’s agenda will be announced closer to the date. You can register now at, https://bit.ly/3wvbMXe


If you have any questions regarding this accessibility or details of this event please don’t hesitate to contact the Remarkable team at hello@remarkable.org.au.


We hope you’re able to join us for what will be a remarkable evening!