Allied health professionals provide specialist health and early childhood support and services including physiotherapy, speech pathology and occupational therapy.
Physiotherapists play a vital role in the early childhood sector supporting the development, health and wellbeing of young children including babies and toddlers. Physiotherapy is a professional medical treatment focussed on restoring function after disease or injury. Physiotherapists may work as part of a health care team, independently in private practice, within the school system or as industry consultants in metropolitan, regional or rural locations.
Ruth Sacks, physiotherapist, early childhood intervention:
'I enjoy spending my days with children and trying to think of fun ways to help them learn and develop. It is a great feeling when you see these children learn a new skill and celebrate each achievement, however small, with their families. The special relationships I develop with them and their families are also a key part of what makes my job fulfilling.
Early childhood is an incredibly rewarding area in which to work. A job in early childhood lets you share in, and make a difference to, the lives of children and their families.'
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Speech pathologists assess and treat children and adults who have a communication disability. Speech pathologists work in hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation centres and schools in metropolitan, regional or rural locations.
Zara Karagiannis, paediatric speech pathologist:
'I have a very mixed case load that keeps me on my toes. I'm forever learning how other disciplines intertwine with mine.
Without communication life can be extremely challenging. I love knowing that I'm supporting someone to access life and expand their horizons. Every change, no matter what magnitude, is a huge victory that I get to share with those children and their families.
Early childhood intervention helps provide the foundations for lifelong development. Solid foundations give a child the best springboard into their future. There's no greater feeling knowing that your support in the present is for an optimal future.'
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Occupational therapists help support the development, health and wellbeing of young children. Occupational therapists work with children and adults to assist them to develop, recover or maintain daily living and work skills. They work in a range of settings in metropolitan, regional or rural locations.
Zanne Kawalsky, occupational therapist and early childhood intervention worker:
'The wonderful aspect about working in early childhood intervention is that there is no typical day. No day is the same and no day is ever boring. I find working with children challenging and immensely satisfying.
Intervention during the early years is when families can best begin to learn how to support and nurture their child. I work in a wonderful team and feel that the service we provide makes a significant difference in giving the child the best start to life. It is a great career that is mentally stimulating and also fun. It is a great team environment and there are many career opportunities.'
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