Physiotherapists work with people with cerebral palsy and similar conditions to develop new motor skills, improve or maintain existing skills and abilities, and support participation in sport and recreation and leisure activities.
A physiotherapists will assess how you move and identify factors that limit the achievement of your goals. Working with you and your support network, physiotherapists can offer:
  • Advice on exercise, therapy and equipment that support the achievement of your goals
  • Support to develop new motor skills and improve or maintain your existing skills and abilities
  • Advice on how to relearn postural and movement skills
  • Support on seating, movement and mobility
  • Mobility aids and equipment
  • Help on strengthening muscles
  • Pain management
  • Support for you to participate in sport, recreation and leisure activities
We offer physiotherapy in group or individual sessions. We always work towards the goals set by you. Our physiotherapists work closely with occupational therapists, exercise physiologists and speech pathologists, to ensure a holistic approach to services.
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Our therapy approach: Goal Directed Training

Working towards a goal that you set for yourself makes therapy more fun and effective. Goal Directed Training (GDT) is Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s therapy approach to improving daily life independence and overall functional performance. It is activity-based, where the individual chooses a goal that is important to them.
Find out how our multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and exercise physiologists can work with you to set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) goals.
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This service can be funded by your NDIS package

  • Capacity Building - Improved Health and Wellbeing (Category 12)
  • Capacity Building - Improved Daily Living (Category 15)

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Frequently asked questions

Infants 12 months or younger are eligible if they have the following:

  • Clinical history indicating risk for cerebral palsy

Risk factors include (but not limited to) prematurity, birth defects, genetic conditions, intrauterine growth restriction, hypoxia-ischaemia, seizures, neonatal stroke, infection

  • Abnormal neuroimaging-MRI or Cranial Ultrasound (CUS) indicative of possible motor impairment
  • Motor dysfunction


This might include abnormal General Movements, very low scores on standardised assessment (e.g. below 10th percentile on AIMS), poor head control after 3 months, hand asymmetry after 4 months, not able to take weight through feet after 5 months, not sitting at 9 months.

Priority will be given to infants who have not previously seen a neurologist.