Children with Disabilities

Infants and children with disabilities include those with significant developmental, physical, intellectual and or medical problems. There are a number of government and privately run services that provide families with support and therapy.

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This is for those infants with devlelopmental concerns under the age of 2yrs.

As part of Queensland Health the Early Intervention Programme is for those infants and toddlers under the age of 2 years with developmental concerns. The allied health team include a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, and a speech pathologist.  A child can be referred from a general practitioner or other health professional including a child health nurse.  The child will be seen within a short time for an initial assessment. The team can also internally refer to the paedatricians who work at Nambour Public Hospital.

Name: Allied Therapy Early Intervention Program
Address:  Nambour Public Hospital, Nambour, 4560
Contact person: Julie Robinson
Phone: 5470 6747
Fax: 5470 6766

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Ages 2 until grade one – with mild to moderate disabilities requiring at least two services from speech pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychologists.

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Ages 0 until 6 years. – with significant delay in the majority of the developmental areas.

FECS is a government run organisation that is designed to help families who have a child aged under 6 who has or is at risk of having significant delay in the majority of the child’s development. The criteria include:

  • The disability is attributable to an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment or a combination of impairments
  • results in a substantial reduction in the following areas: communication, social interaction, learning, mobility or self care/management.
  • is permanent or is likely to be permanent

Allied health and other support staff will assess then coordinate ongoing treatment and be linked in with other support services, and community agencies.

Name: Maroochydore FECS Team – Disability Services Queensland
Address: Level 2, 12 first ave, Maroochydore, Qld 4558
Phone: (07)53527200
Fax: (07)53527212


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Private, located in Mooloolaba, with Speech Pathologist, dietician, OT, and psychologist

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Ages 0 to 18. Children have moderate to severe disabilities. This is a privately funded centre

This is a multidisciplinary allied health centre that aims to provide therapy to children who require more than one service. The age range is from birth to 18 years. Therapists include physiotherapists, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, and psychologist. The disability tends to be moderate to severe.

The centre was started by a group of parents to provide intensive therapy for children with such disabilities. It is not a public service and all parents need to become financial members. There are many groups on the coast who provide donations to ensure financial viability.

Written referrals are accepted from medical, educational, allied health professionals and parents

Address: 70 Windsor Road, Nambour 4560
Phone: (07)54417199
Fax: (07)54417905

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