The Physiotherapy Department helps children improve their ability to move and function by providing support, treatment and management services for a variety of health conditions. Physiotherapy in children involves specialist understanding of how child development so that they can be cared for and treated according to their individual needs. We also help children and families manage cardiorespiratory, neurological, oncological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Family centred management provides children and their families with individualised programs to cater for their unique needs. Family goals are also incorporated into therapy programs that can be delivered to outpatients, day patients, inpatients, or via outreach and telehealth services.
Who can access this service?
The Physiotherapy Department provides clinical services to children and adolescents aged from birth to a child’s 16th birthday (with some pre-determined exceptions).
This service is available to children living in Queensland, northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Please speak to your paediatrician or Children’s Health Queensland health professional about being referred to the Physiotherapy Department.
Information for health professionals
Tertiary paediatric physiotherapy services are provided based on best evidence informed practice. Clinical experts are available in the major physiotherapy teams, providing supervision and governance as underpinned by the National Safety and Quality Healthcare Standards.
Subspecialty teams provide family centred management to develop programs specifically individualised to the child and family’s unique needs that can be delivered as outpatients, day patients, inpatients, or via outreach and telehealth. Physiotherapy specialty teams include:
- Critical Care (including Cardiac)
- Orthopaedics (including Congenital Orthopaedics, First Contact Practitioner roles)
- Paediatric Persistent Pain Management Service
- Palliative Care
- Surgical (including transplants).
Physiotherapy practitioners contribute to multidisciplinary teams as well as established interprofessional services, such as the Infant Team. Participation and leadership within statewide clinical networks is integral to clinical, educational, and research commitments.
The Physiotherapy department provides undergraduate and post graduate education and clinical experience for physiotherapy programs in six Queensland universities. Workshops, seminars and other forms of education (e.g. Telehealth links) are delivered nationally and internationally, in addition to attendances and presentations at conferences worldwide.
All Physiotherapists at LCCH are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).
Children’s Health Queensland medical practitioners should use the Clinical Forms Catalogue on QHEPS to access Allied Health referral forms.
Medical practitioners outside of Children’s Health Queensland can refer directly to the:
- Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening (OPSC) Clinic
- Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV) Clinic.