Nov 18

Melbourne Disability Expo November 2018

How lucky am I to go to an expo and have a great time finding out about so many services available for people with a disability. The day was very informative and I will explain the relevant information and leave the corresponding hard copy information in a folder in the waiting area.

1/. Software to manage your NDIS funds. There was one called manage it which is a program allowing you to add in the services you use so that you have a count down of the funds left in your plan. It provided graphs and charts and it used y this company who are support co Ordinators or they can each you how to use the program and you can run it yourself. A sample is on a USB.
Also an app called my spending planner cost $15 per year and helps you count down your budget.
plus other NDIS plan managers
2/. Driving adaptions. The controls used to adapt a car was on display. Your child will need to have an OT driving assessment completed first.
3/. Powered wheelchairs for the outdoors including beach and very rough terrain. Lots of large wheels.
3/. hard copy booklets called understanding NDIS books 1 and 2. Also digital versions on my Facebook page.
4/. Bright Sky is a company which helps you choose the right continence products includes pads and catheters. There is a great wheel chart which allows you to pick the correct size of product.
5/. ASPECT services for children on autism spectrum.
6/. Groups homes Afford.
7/. Ezpz all in one placemat for placing food in compartments.
8/. all in one bidets and toilet. Great for the child who can almost manage self care but cant quite clean up.
9/. Camps and travel. This was great. Travel was for over 18s but NDIS will funds carers to assist you traveling either one on one or in a group. At this time a blind person was on holiday in Japan with an one on one carer and groups attend other places like Disneyland.
This information will be in a folder marked Melbourne Disability Expo November 2018.

Oct 27

End of Year Round up

We now have additional services at Tasma House

Occupational Therapist
As of the 19th November Lisa de Vaux Occupational Therapist from DOTS OT will be working from Tasma House. Lisa is an experienced OT and will be joining us on Mondays ph 0452 573 687

Disability Employment Officer
As of this week on the 31st October we have Jenny Bannister, Disability Employment job Coach from AT Work Australia starting with us. Jenny will be attending on Wednesdays. Jenny can help the older kids become job ready, assisting them with their CVs etc. Please let Nurlan know if you are interested and we will pass your details on until we get a definite phone number.

Melanie Bouras is a Dietician who works on a Friday. Great opportunity for those wanting expert advice or a second opinion regarding food management, weight gain etc.
Melanie has already started and works with us on alternative Fridays. ph 0435 328 025

Speech Pathology
As most of you know Pragashni Pilay, speech pathologist also works with us 5 days a fortnight.
ph 0432 096 310

We didn’t have success with the psychologist. At short notice she was unable to work with us. I am still advertising and looking for this spot to be filled.

Additional Physiotherapist
Next year I will be recruiting a physiotherapist to help me out with the enormous work load building up with our current, past and new clients transitioning to NDIS. This Physio will be doing outreach work to schools, home, creche and Saturday work. S/he will be trained up in the programs I run to ensure continuity.

Aziza. Allied Health assistant.
Congratulations to Aziza who has completed her allied Health Assistant Course. She had completed 2 placements with us and is ready to start working part time. Aziza still attends school to do VCE. I am assisting her with her insurance at the moment and will be able to post more information to you when she is ready to take on clients. Your child’s NDIS plan may have funds available for an allied health assistant.

Its almost been 2 years since we moved into the lovely new rooms at Tasma House and we have a lot more services to offer your children. I couldn’t be happier with the development of the practice and hopefully you too will find the additional services helpful for your child, especially being in the one place.

Jun 13

Update and News at Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre

Hi There.

It has been a busy 6 months this year.


We will continue to offer work experience placements for students of local schools.  We will have Katheryn starting on the 25th June from Buckley Park College and then Aziza will return in the September school holidays.

We continue to have many requests from overseas students for a placement at Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and we try to accommodate.

Some of you will remember Sarah Hartel who was from Germany.  She spent about 6 months at Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre.  Her goal was to gain experience to work in the paediatric field back in Germany and her dream goal has come true.  She was recently appointed as a Paediatric Physiotherapist  at a school.  Congratulations Sarah!!


We have been steadily writing a mountain of letters of support and requests for our clients to access funds for therapy and equipment through NDIS.   This has proven to be about 98% successful in the first instance.  We have had only 2 coordinators come back for further justification regarding equipment.

As a physiotherapist I can request NDIS  funds for an assessment by an Occupational Therapist for in home modifications, car modifications or in home assistive lifting devices. The request will eventually go through the NDIS stream of SWEP which must be submitted by an Occupational Therapist.

Additional building works

We are soon to have the stair railing lengthened and tactile tiles placed at the bottom and top of the stairs as an additional requirement for accessible compliance.

Tiny Steps Development Series

The 3 Apps I have created are now all FREE on iOS and the Google Play store

Please go in and have a look at them.

Baby Massage Guide

Baby’s Motor Milestones

Training@ the playground


Mary-Anne, Physiotherapist, will be on leave over the July school holidays.  Nurlan, receptionist,  will still be answering the diverted phones but will only come into the office as needed when Pragashni, Speech Pathologist, is in. If you need to come into the office to buy supplies etc, please call first to make sure the building will be opened.








May 07

Update on News at Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre

Firstly, I have to say that the new practice rooms have been great to work in and we get glowing comments from lots and lots of clients, both new and old.  The concept of the new building was to ensure you and your children have the comfort of lovely surroundings when participating in therapy.  Everyone loves and appreciates the automatic opening doors especially when juggling a pram, wheelchair and walking frame or all 3 at once.  The oversized change table is also a hit for the older child who is incontinent.  There’s also some new therapy equipment which the children love, especially the swings.  A lot of the new equipment was sourced overseas.

This week we are having Google in to video tape the rooms, so those clients who are new to the practice will be able to see what its like before they come in.  They will be able to google search Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre and click on it for the video to play.

At Tasma House, we have a meeting room upstairs for the purpose of hosting lectures and some workshops.  I’ve been working on information sessions for parents some of which will be Feeding and dietetics, the Psychology of play, etc.  These information sessions will be run by professionals in the field and will be free to parents of new and existing clients. Places will be limited so keep posted for these as I will announce it on Facebook and at the practice rooms.  If you have ideas on topics you would like to hear about please let us know.

Last week I had an evening dinner meeting with Pragashni Pillay, Speech Pathologist, regarding new and innovative group programs we are planning to run.  They will be on the theme of Communication concepts and movement.  We will link the 2 concepts together so the movement and the speech compliment each other.  We are in the planning phase now and will have the groups advertised toward the second half of the year. They will be run in the gym room.

Our brain storming session also came up with some excellent ideas on training workshops for Health Professionals and others for Parents. We will keep you posted on these workshops too.

Lastly, in mid June we will be hosting a year 10 work experience student for the week.





Mar 13

phone apps

Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre has 3 relevant apps for your children.  They are designed for mobile phones and can be accessed via the Play Store and App Store.

Below is a run down on the apps available.

“Baby’s Motor Milestones” explains the average milestones expected for children up to the age of 18 months old.  This is a Free app. IMG_5806

“Baby Massage Guide” is a comprehensive guide to massaging your baby. This guide covers the topics on massage theory, benefits of massage and massage techniques.  Illustrations provided. On the Play store.  IMG_5804

“Training @ the Playground”  has information on muscles used on all different types of playground equipment.  It provides you with illustrations and the functional benefits of strengthening muscle groups. On the App store and the Play Store.

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Feb 12

Work Experience and Physiotherapy Students

Many behind the scenes activities occur at Pediatric Physiotherapy Centre, one being many request for student placements, either in secondary college, university or qualified physiotherapists wanting to observe our work.
Recently we had Jen, who is a 3rd year Doctor of Physiotherapy student at Melbourne University. Jen was on placement at Royal Melbourne Hospital and in her spare time managed to observe and assist on 2 Fridays. Thanks Jen for your help and we wish you well.
In June this year we will host a Strathmore Secondary College Student for a week and from Mid July through to August we will host a Master of Physiotherapy student from Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.
This is a great opportunity to help students foster a love of working with children.
We look forward to meeting these students as I hope you will.


Aug 29

New Practice update

The practice is moving along well. The painter has started and all cabinets just about in. Once the painting has been completed, carpets and tiles will be installed. The ramps to the front and back entrance have been done and the automatic entrance doors are to be completed this week. The stairs to the first floor are to go in this week as well.
We are getting close to moving in. The last few jobs will be the car park, landscaping and fences.

Aug 22

Diary now open for 2017 appointments

We have opened the diary for 2017 appointments.
If you have preferred days, times and frequency for your child’s appointments, please let us know and we can book them in for you.

Jul 30

Professional of the Year Award

awardIt was a great surprise to receive this award in the mail this week. I had been contacted by Worldwide Who’s Who and interviewed many times earlier this year. This involved a lot of phone calls and emails from the USA. I was very excited at the time of being nominated and then awarded the honour. The Award is a lovely reminder.

Jul 30

New Practice Update

The practice is coming along well. Up to the stage of finishing off the plastering. I’ve now had to pick carpets, basins, taps etc so I know we’re nearing the final stages.
I have to say the practice is looking a treat. The gym is a great size and reception is looking good and bright. Considering I had only 4 walls left and 2 walls had to be rebuilt means there has been a lot of ground work going on. Here are a few snap shots I took this morning.


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