The Child, Youth and Family Physiotherapy service provides assessment and treatment of infants and children who have concerns with movement, posture or gross motor development.
Interventions include play based therapy, parent coaching, advice and education, provision of exercise programs, splinting and casting and group therapy sessions.
We have a focus on the developmental physical needs of infants and children. For concerns regarding specific musculoskeletal injuries, , it may be more suitable for your child to attend a specialised musculoskeletal physiotherapist.
Physiotherapy services include the assessment and treatment of:
- Torticollis - tight neck muscles or preference to turn head only to one side.
- Plagiocephaly – a flat or asymmetrical head shape.
- Talipes – turned in or turned out feet in babies.
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) – including application of hip harness.
- Delays in achieving gross motor milestones e.g. delayed sitting, standing or walking.
- Postural or gait variations – in-toeing, tip toe walking, bow legged, knock knees, flat feet.
- Hypermobility or low muscle tone limiting function.
- Rehabilitation following injury, illness or surgery.
- Difficulty with gross motor skills – e.g. balance, coordination, ball skills.
Am I eligible for a service?
All clients must meet the following criteria to access the Child, Youth and Family Physiotherapy Services throughout the Northern Sydney Local Health District:
Aged between 0 - 18 years.
Eligible for Medicare.
Reside within the relevant local government areas.
Not eligible for other funding such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI).
Clients who do not meet these eligibility criteria will be provided with information and contact details for accessing the appropriate service.
How Can I Refer My Child?
The service is free for all Medicare card holders and a doctor's (GP) referral is not required. Parents and carers can contact their local service. Please see below for contact details.