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Since 2012, Early Start Australia (formerly Best Start Clinic) has been leading the way for paediatric allied health and also for young children with Autism in Geelong.

We were the first to bring the ground-breaking Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) program in a one-to-one direct therapy program to Australian families and proudly offer the rigorous ESDM training that is required for professionals. Our highly skilled team is the largest group of certified and certifying ESDM clinicians in the country.

We know that parent well-being plays an important part in improving child outcomes and we want to work in partnership with you to help achieve your child’s goals.

Our clinic offers a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment for your whole family to feel safe and belong. We believe in the enormous potential that lies within every child and that every child deserves the best start in life.

We believe in bringing together the right interventions at the right time, together with a team that is right for you. Our services are for anyone seeking the best start for their child or young adult (0-18 years).

If your child has a known delay or need, or maybe you are wanting to simply explore some concerns, we can help. Whether it’s individual therapy, a community program (support in kinder and school), parent coaching or via telehealth, we help find the mode of delivery that works for you and your child.

For more information or to book an appointment contact us on (03) 9596 8781 or submit a service enquiry.

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Clinic contact details

2 Strachan Avenue, Manifold Heights
Geelong VIC 3218


03 9596 8783
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How we can help

No matter where you’re at on your therapy journey, we offer a range of services, programs and evidenced-based therapies to realise your goals.

Please note, available services and programs vary between clinics, so please check with your local clinic about their therapy services.


As part of your therapy journey your therapist we may recommend some specific therapy programs to assist in achieving your goals including:

The use of alternative augmentative communication (AAC) strategies can support people with communication difficulties.

When working with children we use a family-centered model, supporting caregivers and children to develop skills, knowledge and understanding as we all work together.

Therapy support services for schools including screening programs, therapy support and education to help children improve participation and reach their full potential.

Meet our clinical manager at Geelong

Staff headshot of Amy Morphett, clinical manager at Early Start Australia Geelong.

Amy Morphett

Clinical Manager

Amy is an Occupational Therapist registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice through Latrobe University.

She joined Early Start Australia in 2021 and have been a member of the Geelong clinic since then.

Amy has experience working as a paediatric occupational therapist from infancy to teenage years, in addition to working closely with caregivers to support the client’s needs.

She has worked across various environments, including the clinic, home, school, kindergarten and childcares, to facilitate development within natural environments.

Through these environments, she has worked in areas including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, genetic syndromes, learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

Through using a strengths-based approach, Amy support individuals to develop the skills required to participate in tasks that they want and need to do within their daily routines.

We’re hiring!

Early Start Australia is part of the APM Group, a global human services provider now enabling better lives for more than 1 million people each year. To view all current opportunities to join our team visit the APM Careers website by clicking the button below.

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Clinic contact details

2 Strachan Avenue, Manifold Heights
Geelong VIC 3218


03 9596 8783

Opening hours

Monday : 9am - 5pm
Tuesday : 9am - 5pm
Wednesday : 9am - 5pm
Thursday : 9am - 5pm
Friday : 9am - 5pm

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