Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists help people with orthopaedic, neurological or genetic conditions to maintain or improve their movement, mobility, strength and fitness.

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Improve your child’s movement and participation in everyday activities, enhance their development and give them a good quality of life.

Physiotherapy can help address the different needs of babies, children and adolescents as they develop their movement skills. This involves therapies such as exercise, movement training, stretches, strengthening, motor learning and play.

Successful movement can help with learning and growing. It is important to cognitive development as well as physical development.

Our physiotherapists have a Masters in Paediatric Physiotherapy, or many years of clinical experience or further study in the area.

Our physiotherapists provide assessments, identify difficulties and diagnosis to tailor a therapy program for each child. It’s a very hands-on process and we like to keep it fun and playful for your child.

To learn more about our physiotherapy services or to book an appointment contact your nearest Early Start Australia clinic.

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Our physiotherapists can help with the following:

  • Developing mobility skills, e.g. rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
  • Participating in activities like bike riding and swimming
  • Prescribing and using specialised equipment, e.g. seating, standing frames, walkers
  • Orthopaedic conditions, e.g. plagiocephaly, lower limb, patella-femoral mal-alignment, scoliosis or joint pain
  • Developmental delays
  • Coordination or balance
  • Neurological conditions, e.g. cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Genetic conditions, e.g. Down syndrome and achondroplasia
  • Low muscle tone

What does physiotherapy involve?

Physiotherapy treatment for your child begins with an assessment where we look at their motor skills and overall development.

We identify your child’s ability strengths and weaknesses and then design a therapy plan that addresses their individual needs to ensure the best possible development of their physical and cognitive skills.

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Physiotherapy Programs

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

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Clinic contact details

Gateway Central, 4/22 Palmer Place
Murarrie QLD 4172

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Opening hours

Monday : 8am - 5pm
Tuesday : 8am - 5pm
Wednesday : 8am - 5pm
Thursday : 8am - 5pm
Friday : 8am - 5pm

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We have clinics in every state and territory providing assessments, early childhood intervention therapies, and support to help you thrive.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Physiotherapy services

AN ESA Paediatric Physiotherapist can help your child with movement, mobility and biomechanical development. Early intervention therapies can also help a child with neurological or developmental delays, as well as hearing and vision impairments.

 To address movement and motor development difficulties, physiotherapy can help your child:

  • improve muscle tone/strength/endurance
  • increase coordination and balance
  • develop core/trunk stability
  • improve body/joint mechanics or alignment
  • enhance communication abilities
  • Premature babies or low birth weight babies (<1500g)
  • Newborn babies with difficulty turning their heads
  • Newborn babies not tolerating tummy time
  • Babies having flat spots on the back or side of their heads, especially after seven weeks old
  • Babies who have difficulty with rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
  • Toddlers with pigeon toes, bow legs, in-rolling ankles, knock knees.
  • Children who have difficulties with coordination, balance, walking and running
  • Frequent falls, poor balance and coordination
  • Children with poor posture or children who complain of frequent muscular

Paediatric Physiotherapists are qualified health professionals who specialise in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a child’s movement skills, gross motor development, and neurological development. They can identify any issues and offer early-intervention therapy strategies. This often involves fun, developmentally appropriate, family-centred, and play-based techniques to help improve their movement and reach developmental milestones.

If you are a parent, no one knows your child as well as you do. If you have any concerns about their physical, behavioural or neurological development, you can seek the advice of a physiotherapist. Or maybe your GP, community nurse, child carer or teacher have concerns. Physiotherapy for your child can help treat issues with:

  • balance, posture, coordination and gross motor skills
  • joint, muscle or nervous system problems causing weakness, pain or movement difficulties
  • weight and physical activity advice
  • growth or sports injuries to the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments
  • recovery after surgery or illness to improve strength, movement, function and independence

It’s important to remember you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. Medicare does not cover physiotherapy, but some costs are often covered by ancillary private health insurance.

Your child may need the assistance of both a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.

At ESA, they often work together as they each have specific areas of expertise. Occupational therapists focus on fine motor skills, which are the movements of the body’s small muscles, to improve the quality of children’s participation in their daily functional tasks. A physiotherapist focuses more on gross motor skills, which are movements using the body’s large muscles to help children with mobility difficulties, whether they are behind on their gross motor milestones, recovering from injury/surgery, or not keeping up with other children.

NDIS Physiotherapy Services

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian Government initiative that provides funding and support to individuals with disabilities, enabling them to access services to enhance their quality of life and independence. Early Start Australia is a registered NDIS provider delivering NDIS Physiotherapy services across Australia.  

Depending on your goals and individual needs, the NDIS may provide funding for Allied Health therapy supports such as Physiotherapy to support the development of physical function and mobility.

In your NDIS plan, Physiotherapy services are usually covered under the Capacity Building Supports budget (Improved Daily Living). As a registered NDIS provider, our Physiotherapists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 

At Early Start Australia, our NDIS Physiotherapists can support children and adults who have difficulties with movement, strength, balance, and coordination. We can also provide assessments and recommendations for exercise programs, mobility aids, and assistive technology where required.

To learn more about our NDIS physiotherapy services please contact us on 1300 372 439 or complete the online form.

The Early Start Australia promise

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Holistic care and treatment plans

Our multi-disciplinary team works together with you to understand your child’s needs. From there, we’ll develop a plan with evidence-based strategies. Work with us to achieve your goals and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Australia-wide reach

With clinics in every state and territory, and an experienced team of therapists. Find help when you need it, where you need it.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey. We provide quality and safe services, follow NDIS requirements, and support your needs and goals.

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Early intervention at all stages

Early intervention is not just for young children. We offer therapies that cater to all ages, needs and abilities, and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey, the better your outcomes. With us, you can learn new skills and enjoy more freedom and control in your life.

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