CPA opens its doors in Wollongong

CPA opens its doors in Wollongong
Posted on Fri 31 May 2019

CPA opened a new centre in Wollongong, NSW on 1 May 2019 in response to the increasing demand for disability services in the area.

Wollongong is New South Wales’ 3rd largest city after Sydney and Newcastle with an estimated population of over 213,000. The closest CPA centre to Wollongong prior was Nowra, an hour south, or Penshurst in Sydney, over an hour north. Martin Hall Manager, - Therapy Services, Illawarra/Shoalhaven region said that

“there was a geographical gap and clinically there was a need for the centre. The therapists got busier and busier, and without a base to see all clients under one roof, they were doing home visits which wasn’t sustainable when covering a large area.”

What services does CPA Wollongong offer?

We have a Physiotherapist, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Pathologist who are helping clients with a range of neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, as well as rare syndromes and conditions. “The future plan is to expand services and move to a bigger purpose-built premises, but it’s still early stages,” said Martin Hall.

“What’s most important to our therapists is building relationships with clients, helping them to kick goals and improve their lives. Here’s a snapshot of our amazing team,” said Martin Hall.


Meet the Wollongong team


Airlie Galvin (Physiotherapist)

Airlie is a Senior Clinician with vast experience working with both children and adults with a broad range of neurological conditions. Her particular interest is working with young infants at risk or recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Airlie has completed the basic and advanced training in Precht’s assessment of general movement which supports infants in the early diagnosis of CP. She has previously been the Therapy Services manager at the Penshurst Centre and has also worked with CPA’s clinical governance team as a Physiotherapy Consultant.

“I bumped into one of my ‘old’ clients whom I worked with when he was first learning to walk.  I had the pleasure of watching him race me in his race runner and he told me all about his achievements in this sport, including being the youngest competitor to have represented Australia internationally.

Seeing clients achieve their own personal goals, such as this, is what keeps me wanting to become a better physio.”


Kimberley Parker (Occupational Therapist)

Kimberley is an experienced clinician who has worked in the community and clinic environments to support children and adults with a range of physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kimberley has expertise in equipment and assistive technology prescription, upper limb assessment and intervention and enjoys supporting children to work towards goals related to play, self-care and participation in their daily routines.

“I love being part of a great team and working for an organisation that has a strong focus on research and evidence based practice.

“I am passionate about working with my clients to help them achieve goals that are important to them. A recent example of this is my work with a young boy with CP who wanted to be able to tie his own shoelaces if they came undone at AFL, he can now tie them himself.”


Joanna Grayson (Speech Pathologist)

Jo is a Senior Clinician with expertise in dysphagia and high tech Alternative Augmentative Communication.  She utilises LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), PECs (Picture exchange communication system) and SOS approach (sensory-oral-sequential) to help her clients reach their goals.

"Life with communication difficulties can be very challenging and daunting. I have recently been working with a lady diagnosed with motor neurone disease. She came to CPA looking for support to maintain her communication and swallowing skills for as long as possible. We supported her initially with simple aids such as a voice amplifier while trialling high tech equipment for her.

Through the NDIS we were able to get a tablet with eye gaze technology prescribed for her, enabling her to communicate with her family and friends despite the deterioration of her verbal skills. We also linked the technology to messaging services, email and environmental control features, providing increased independence.  It is the small things like this that really contribute to a person being in control of their world.  To be able to improve the life of a person who has received a devastating diagnosis has been a true highlight of my career."


Speak to one of our client service consultants to discuss how we can support you or your child to live their best life possible.

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