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Qpaediatrics

Ph: 07 3878 9011

Queensland Paediatric Therapy Group (formerly Allsports Paediatric Physiotherapy) offers physiotherapy services exclusively to children from infancy to adulthood (0-18yrs).

Our aim is to optimise your child’s physical development and functional performance throughout the various stages of their development.

Visit us at either the Indooroopilly or Camp Hill clinic

Indooroopilly Clinic Contact Details

Ph: 07 3878 9011
Fax: 07 3878 9068

56 Coonan St, Indooroopilly

info@qpaediatrics.com.au

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Camp Hill Clinic Contact Details

Ph: 07 3395 3777
Fax: 07 3843 6312

448 Old Cleveland Rd, Camp Hill
 (Cnr of Old Cleveland and Kismet St)

camphill@allsportsphysio.com.au


Operating Hours:

Mon – Sat by appointment

Developmental Physiotherapy

Motor Development

Q Paediatrics strives to optimise a child’s function throughout all stages of development. This may include infants who are not achieving the appropriate milestones, toddlers who are having difficulty acquiring new gross motor skills or school age children who are having difficulty completing the required fine motor skills of the classroom or trouble participating in physical activities with their peers in class and in the playground.

We understand the great impact having difficulties with motor development can have on a child’s social, emotional and psychological development. We also appreciate the impact this can have on parents.

To gain a full understanding of any motor difficulties or delays Q Paediatrics will perform sensory motor assessments alongside a discussion with parents. From this assessment a physiotherapy program will be developed that both meets the physical needs of the child and the social context of the family to optimise a child’s motor development and skills.

Physiotherapy programs may include a number of elements including:

– Simple strategies to gain incidental activity

– A home exercise program

– Involvement in our Hard Core Kids® program

– Advice in regards to community programs

– Individual exercise sessions

We know that the key to success in treating developmental delays or difficulties is to engage the child in the program. The clinic and its physiotherapists strive to provide an environment and a program that achieves this and in turn sees the child progress in their motor development.

 

Growth Related Conditions

Growth can impact a child’s body in a number of ways. Muscles and bones grow at different rates and this can result in both a tightening and weakening of a child’s muscles. This can result in a functional impact on the physical performance of a child with parents often reporting a reduction in co-ordination and skill on the sporting field as well as an increase in growth related injuries.

Some of the most common growth related injuries are joint apophysitis – including knee pain (Osgood-Schlatter or Sinding-Larsen- Johansen) and heel pain (Sever’s disease). These conditions are self-limiting however physiotherapy aims to provide advice in regards to activity levels, education of treatment techniques that can be implemented at home and exercise prescription aimed to developing the correct muscle balances.

Some children experience “growing pains” during stages of their development. Whilst the underlying cause of “growing pains” continues to be debated there is no denying the condition exists and the impact it can have on children and families is significant. Often some simple strategies can be implemented at home and advice in regards to activity can reduce the impact of these pains. Strengthening exercises can also help to address any underlying weaknesses and imbalances present in the muscular system.

Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy

Injury Management

Q Paediatrics can assist in the assessment and treatment of muscle and joint injuries. Being a children’s only clinic we understand the impact of growth and development on musculoskeletal injuries and will look at your child’s overall physical profile and how this relates to the injury rather than just looking at the injury in isolation.

Our physiotherapists are great at creating age appropriate exercise programs that are necessary for the rehabilitation after injury.

 

Spinal Conditions

Q Paediatrics manages the wide range of back conditions seen in children of all ages including:

– Posture related pain

– Acute soft tissue injuries

– Orthopaedic conditions including spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis

– Growth-related spinal pain

– Scoliosis

Management of these conditions often involves a lot of education in regards to the cause of the condition and the future prognosis and treatment. We strongly believe in the importance of exercise based therapy and postural education in the management of spinal conditions in children.

 

Postural Conditions

Some infants may be born with or develop slight postural anomalies. These may include a flattened head (plagiocephaly), an elongated head (brachicephaly), a turned head (torticollis) or turned feet. Often there are some very simple strategies that can be used to assist normalise these postural conditions. Our physiotherapists will aim to teach you these strategies to use at home to aid in your child’s development.

 

Postural Education and Development

At Q Paediatrics we see a high number of children presenting with poor postural habits and pain or motor difficulties associated with this. Our aim is to initially reduce the pain associated with poor postural control and to then educate and strengthen children in regards to their posture.

During 2010 we introduced the Hard Core Kids®-Pilates program which was aimed at the increasing number of adolescents we were seeing at the clinic with pain related to the posture. We believe that early education and development of postural strength can minimise the impact of poor posture throughout a person’s life.

 

Core Strength Training and Sports Conditioning

Over 60% of paediatric injuries occur during organised sport whilst more than 20% occur during physical education classes. It is therefore imperative to ensure safe exercise principles in children. This may include simple things such as warming up, using the correct equipment and hydrating sufficiently. It can also include more complex elements such as using the correct technique and minimising excessive biomechanical load on joints and muscles as well as having the necessary conditioning to perform the requirements of the chosen sport.

At Q Paediatrics our staff can screen your child in relation to their chosen sport(s) and identify any areas which may need some development to ensure safe participation, optimal performance and reducing the likelihood of injuries. Individual programs as well as participation in group programs may be utilised to address any weaknesses.

Hard Core Kids®

Hard Core Kids®

Hard Core Kids® is a unique physiotherapy based exercise program for kids, from 3-18yrs.

Hard Core Kids® was developed by our Managing Partner Nicole Haynes to create a fun, dynamic exercise environment for children targeted to optimise their physical development.

We have a variety of classes to suit the child at their various levels of development.

  • Hard Core Kids® – Motor Development – This class is for toddlers through to around 13 yrs and aims to facilitate and optimize postural control, core stability, motor development and co-ordination in growing children.
  • Hard Core Kids® – Cardio – This class is for children 6yrs and over and aims to develop a child’s endurance and fitness. It may be used as part of a weight management program for overweight or obese children in a fun and interactive manner to help encourage weight loss in a positive way.
  • Hard Core Kids® – Pilates – This class is for older children and provides specific core stability training, postural education and motor control. We also offer small group programs with only 4 children who all have individualised programs.
  • My Hard Core Kids® – This class is a functional, goal directed class. Each participant in the class works towards their specific goal. Some activities will be done as a class but there may be specific activities dependent on you goal. Some examples of goals in the class so far are handstands, hair tying, shoe lace tying, and running.
  • Hard Core Kids® – Holiday programs – Our holiday programs offer an intensive functional program to develop and master new and existing skills. The programs we offer include Running Technique and Speed, Ball Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Active Hands.
  • Hard Core Kids® – Bike Program (School Holidays Only) – This class is a functional and fun way of increasing your child’s skills and confidence on their bike. Hard Core Kids ® Bike Program is designed to assist those children having difficulty mastering the skill of bike riding. The classes aim to encompass the multiple components of bike riding including:
    • balance in the saddle for falls prevention and to assist with graduating off training wheels,
    • upper and lower limb co-ordination for steering,
    • leg strength and endurance for riding on different terrains,
    • bike safety including effective stopping and starting and
    • building confidence with guided practise each day comes increased confidence any enjoyment of bike-riding.

Initial individual assessment by one of our physiotherapists is required for all children to determine suitability prior to enrolment in classes. The classes are then incorporated into an individualised program to address the specific needs and goals of your child. Classes run parallel to the school terms and in addition we offer school holiday programs throughout the year.

Neurological Disorders and Congenital Disabilities

Neurological Disorders and Congenital Disabilities

This area of paediatric physiotherapy services covers many different conditions including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, down syndrome and acquired brain injury to name a few. When working with these patients and their families we aim to deliver family centred, goal directed physiotherapy to optimise development and participation within the family, school and community.

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Children can develop a number of orthopaedic conditions or sustain an orthopaedic injury through their development. In some instances these conditions require conservative management which may involve physiotherapy intervention to minimise pain and strengthen particular muscles around the affected area. In some cases these children may require surgical management and physiotherapy may be necessary during the post-surgical rehabilitation.

Some of the orthopaedic conditions managed at the clinic include:

-Perthes

-Spondylolisthesis

– Scoliosis

-Recurrent Shoulder Dislocations

-Post fracture management

-Juvenile Arthritis

Chronic Pain Management

Chronic Pain Management

Pain impacts a person in both a physical and emotional level. Q Paediatrics helps children who have been suffering from ongoing pain. Our therapist will work together with the child and their family to address the biological manifestations of the pain whilst understanding and considering the psychological and social factors.

Some of the pain related conditions we manage include:

– Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

– Functional abdominal pain

– Juvenile arthritis

– Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

– Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

– Chronic musculoskeletal pain

Chest Physiotherapy

Chest Physiotherapy

Some children may only require chest physiotherapy for a short period when they are unwell (e.g. children with pneumonia), whilst some children with respiratory conditions such as CF (Cystic Fibrosis) require regular chest physiotherapy.

Chest physiotherapy includes a number of techniques that can be used to indirectly help remove secretions (or mucous) from your child’s lungs.

Bladder & Bowel Dysfunction

Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction

Q Paediatrics may be able to assist your child with urinary or faecal incontinence, including day time and night time wetting and faecal accidents and stains. Physiotherapy for these children may include simple strategies at home, behavioural toileting program, and education in relation to positioning and specific strengthening exercises.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Children with autism may or may not have related movement difficulties. Physiotherapy can help with the optimal development of motor skills by initially assessing the neuro sensory motor profile of your child and developing a program to address any underlying weaknesses in both the sensory and muscular systems.

Infant Care

Infant Care

Infant Postural Conditions

Infants can present with a number a postural anomalies that can develop inutero or after birth. Some of these conditions include torticollis, plagiocephally, brachicephally, tellipe equinovarus. Management of these conditions involves educating parents and carers on strategies to correct these minor abnormalities.

Infant motor development

Physiotherapist are extremely skilled in regards to motor development and are able to assess the developmental progress of a child and identify if a child either has a delay or is at risk of a developmental delay. Early intervention for motor development is critical to optimise development and functioning of infants and young children.

Joint Hypermobility

Joint Hypermobility

Joint hypermobility (excessive joint movement) is quite common. Those that have hypermobile joints are not necessarily impacted by it although when it does impact a person it can do so in a number of ways such as:

– Chronic pain

– Gross motor delay or difficulties

– Fine motor delay or difficulties

– Poor balance

– Poor co-ordination

– Poor posture

– Frequent muscle or joint injuries

– Recurrent joint dislocations

– Poor endurance and fatigue with physical activity

– Increased incidence of “growing pains” and general aches and pains

Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology

Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs do not perform any hands on therapy and use the Exercise is Medicine philosophy to assist in management of conditions utilizing exercise as the primary form of treatment. AEPs provide support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease and more. From a paediatric perspective AEPs will assist with providing group or individual programs to assist with obesity, cancer, neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries or movement dysfunction such as lower limb amputees.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

Amy Chu graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 1999. Since this time, she has gained 17 years of experience in Paediatric communication disorders/delays and literacy development. Her career started in early intervention in QLD and NSW before practising in Scotland, England and Canada for a combined 11 years. During these years she gained vast experience working with children with varying speech, language, social and literacy disorders/delays. In the past 3 years, Amy has made a return to Australia and continues to be passionate about working with young children and their families. She believes that early intervention is paramount to obtaining optimal communication outcomes. She also has a strong belief in the importance of a family’s role in treatment and strives to educate families and care givers so that their child’s goals are attainable and progress is continuous. Amy is a certified member of Speech Pathology Australia, The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists work with children as well as with their parents, educators and carers to assist them in achieving their potential at home and at school. By identifying and addressing underlying areas of challenge, OT’s can provide therapy, education and support to assist development. Robyn Sims provides a private practice occupational therapy services to the western suburbs of Brisbane through clinic sessions as well as home and school visits to children from 2 to 18 years. Since graduating from the University of Queensland in 1994 her therapy background has included working with children and families within different clinical and community settings, with a particular focus on learning difficulties, self-regulation, sensory processing challenges, management at school and handwriting skills. Having three children of her own, Robyn understands the importance of working cohesively with the family and educators of children who participate in OT sessions.

Hard Core Kids®

Hard Core Kids® is a unique physiotherapy based exercise program for kids, from 3-18yrs.

Hard Core Kids® was developed by our Managing Partner Nicole Haynes to create a fun, dynamic exercise environment for children targeted to optimise their physical development.

We have a variety of classes to suit the child at their various levels of development.

  • Hard Core Kids® – Motor Development – This class is for toddlers through to around 13 yrs and aims to facilitate and optimize postural control, core stability, motor development and co-ordination in growing children.
  • Hard Core Kids® – Cardio – This class is for children 6yrs and over and aims to develop a child’s endurance and fitness. It may be used as part of a weight management program for overweight or obese children in a fun and interactive manner to help encourage weight loss in a positive way.
  • Hard Core Kids® – Pilates – This class is for older children and provides specific core stability training, postural education and motor control. We also offer small group programs with only 4 children who all have individualised programs.
  • My Hard Core Kids® – This class is a functional, goal directed class. Each participant in the class works towards their specific goal. Some activities will be done as a class but there may be specific activities dependent on you goal. Some examples of goals in the class so far are handstands, hair tying, shoe lace tying, and running.
  • Hard Core Kids® – Holiday programs – Our holiday programs offer an intensive functional program to develop and master new and existing skills. The programs we offer include Running Technique and Speed, Ball Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Active Hands.
  • Hard Core Kids® – Bike Program (School Holidays Only) – This class is a functional and fun way of increasing your child’s skills and confidence on their bike. Hard Core Kids ® Bike Program is designed to assist those children having difficulty mastering the skill of bike riding. The classes aim to encompass the multiple components of bike riding including:
    • balance in the saddle for falls prevention and to assist with graduating off training wheels,
    • upper and lower limb co-ordination for steering,
    • leg strength and endurance for riding on different terrains,
    • bike safety including effective stopping and starting and
    • building confidence with guided practise each day comes increased confidence any enjoyment of bike-riding.

Initial individual assessment by one of our physiotherapists is required for all children to determine suitability prior to enrolment in classes. The classes are then incorporated into an individualised program to address the specific needs and goals of your child. Classes run parallel to the school terms and in addition we offer school holiday programs throughout the year.

Funding Options

Better Start Provider

Q Paediatrics is registered to provide services under the Better Start Initiative (BSI) that was introduced by the Australian Government July 1, 2011. Under the BSI, children who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Fragile X syndrome, or a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment can be registered to access early intervention funding. The program is targeted at early intervention during a child’s preschool years to prepare them as best as possible for school entry.

Physiotherapy is one of the recognised services available under the program, along with speech therapy, audiology, occupational therapy, psychology, orthotics and optometry. Children with an eligible diagnosis must register for the BSI early intervention funding before they turn 6 years old and will have until they turn 7 to use the funding. Children registered with BSI can access up to $12,000 (maximum $6,000 per year) to pay for early intervention services. You will need to bring your approval letter to your appointment. More information can be found at www.betterstart.net.au

Medicare Rebates for children with Autism and Specific Disabilities

As part of the Better Start Initiative and the Helping Children with Autism schemes there are also Medicare rebates for children up to 15yrs of age as long as the management plan is in place before the child turns 13. You will need a referral from you GP for these Medicare rebates. For more information on these rebates please check this fact sheet.

NDIS

As the NDIS rolls out across Queensland and the south east corner we are gearing up to provide services to our clients under their NDIS plans. We are currently not a registered provider however you can still choose to have services provided by our team. We have a variety of programs and services available to children with disabilities.

Team Care Arrangement (TCA) formally EPC programs

If your child has a chronic or complex condition that requires ongoing physiotherapy, they will be eligible for Medicare rebates on 5 treatments in a 12 month period. This is available under the Team Care Arrangement. It requires your GP to write a care plan including physiotherapy and/or exercise physiology along with other allied therapies required. At the beginning and the conclusion of the treatment sessions we write a report to your GP regarding the treatment undertaken and the outcomes. You will need to bring your referral from your GP.

Meet our Team
Katie Burt
Physiotherapist
Sue Fitch
Physiotherapist | Feldenkrais Practitioner
Jesse Dundon
Physiotherapist
Casey Boston
Director | Physiotherapist
Beth Sheehan
Physiotherapist | Accredited Exercise Physiologist​
Joan Kelly
Physiotherapist
Melissa Crunkhorn
Director | Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist
Ian Ross
Director | Physiotherapist
Sam Wood
Physiotherapist
Michael Wilson
Director | Physiotherapist
Dr. Kerrie Evans
Director | Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, PhD​

Function

What does your child do? What do they do well? What do they currently find
difficult? What do they want to do and achieve?

Our assessment and treatment will aim to determine what might be holding your child back from reaching their potential and work towards optimising their function in their chosen pursuits.

Family

Family centre practice begins with an understanding that the family provides the core environment of a child’s life. We will work with families as partners when developing a treatment plan.

Fitness

Being active and fit benefits everyone in so many ways including psychological well being and long term health outcomes. We can help your child either return to or achieve an active lifestyle.

Fun

We want your child to have fun both in and out of the clinic. We want to support your child to be able to do the things they find fun.

Friendship

Is your child’s condition impacting on them socially? What can we do to optimise your child’s social function and overall social development? This could mean getting them back on the sporting field or giving them the ability to engage in community group.

Future

What are your child’s goals? What do you want to achieve from physiotherapy? These could be both short and long term goals that we can work together with you and your child to achieve.