1800 Cootharinga

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Allied Health

About the Cootharinga North Queensland Allied Health Service

Our Allied Health Service is a dedicated team of health professionals who are committed to providing high-quality occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy services to assist children and adults to live the life they want!

We currently provide services in and around Townsville, Mackay, Charters Towers and Mount Isa regions. We also have potential to deliver services to other towns throughout North Queensland, please contact us for further information.

What sets us apart?

Cootharinga offers private and professional therapy sessions for both children and adults in a space where you can be comfortable. Visit us in our offices, or we can come to you in your home or in the community (including school or childcare centre).

We can provide a tailored therapy solution to suit your goals and aspirations. Being a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team, working with both children and adults we can ensure your needs are accurately identified in a comprehensive assessment and met with an individualised therapy plan.

Making the most of new technologies...

Would you like to recreate therapy sessions at home using a step by step guide to help you practice?

Are you a parent or caregiver who is unable to attend the therapy session of your child or the person you are supporting, but still want to keep up to date with therapy?

Cootharinga has the answer! We are proud to offer an innovative solution which allows you to hear and see what is happening in therapy, from outside of the therapy session!

This private and secure video allows you to be involved in therapy by watching the session live from your smart phone or tablet or watch the recording again and again from home!

Funding available

Cootharinga North Queensland is proud to be a provider for:

  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Helping Children with Autism
  • Better Start for Children with Disability
  • Medicare Rebates
  • Private Health Rebates
  • Fee For Service

Speech Therapy

Speech pathologists promote quality of life by assisting people of all ages to communicate effectively and swallow safely.

This can include:

  • Understanding others and being understood
  • Language development
  • Speech sounds or patterns
  • Social language skills
  • Reading and spelling rules
  • Mealtime/feeding
  • Stuttering
  • Voice quality

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists promote quality of life by assisting people of all ages to develop skills to participate in their everyday activities, also known as their occupations.

This can include:

  • Self-care skills (e.g. showering, dressing)
  • Play skills
  • Schooling including handwriting and paying attention
  • Sensory regulation
  • Sleeping
  • Continence/toileting
  • Cooking skills
  • Understanding emotions
  • Assistive technology
  • Home modifications
  • Work/volunteering


Physiotherapists promote quality of life by assisting people of all ages to maintain or improve their strength and movement.

This can include:

  • Mobility equipment
  • Gross motor (body movements)
  • Exercise programs
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Strength and flexibility
  • Chest physiotherapy

Contact us
to book an appointment

There is no need to bring a referral, call our team direct

(1800 266 842)

Cootharinga North Queensland
1800 Cootharinga Centre
6/264 Woolcock Street, Currajong QLD 4812

Your guide to the 2018/19 NDIS rate increases

New NDIS pricing came into effect on 1 July 2018. The NDIS updates the rates each year to take into account things like changes in service costs and wage rates.

The good news is the funding in your NDIS plan budget and service bookings also increase automatically to match the new rates. This means there will be no impact on the amount of support you are able to purchase.

Therapy Services

From 1 July, prices for Therapy Services will be aligned with the new NDIS benchmark rates, in line with the NDIS Price Guide.

You can find further details on new NDIS pricing for all services here.

Changes have also been made to Cootharinga’s Cancellation Policy to align with the new NDIS Price Guide.

What we provide

To support you in achieving your outcomes and goals, our Allied Health Service staff work behind the scenes to provide you the best possible services, in addition to your face-to-face appointment. As well as the personalised consultations with you face-to-face (or on the phone or via telehealth), our therapists and allied health assistants support you by undertaking work such as coordinating your services, sourcing equipment, writing progress notes and reports and organising any referrals.

Where necessary, these services will be billed at the hourly rate as part of the service we provide. At times this may mean additional time is charged in addition to the face-to-face time. For example, a 50 minute face- to-face session may attract a 60 minute charge to allow for this additional work. This is to ensure we can continue to provide high quality supports to meet your needs.