Therapy Connect Alliance

Communities For Children (Murwillumbah): Therapy Connect Public Funded Program

In 2006, Therapy Matters became involved in this Federal Government Initiative (FaHCSIA) with Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention Service and YWCA NSW in a Ready for School Project. Our role in the project, together with Dr Karen Plant (Psychologist), was to build knowledge and skills in early childhood workers in the Murwillumbah area to successfully include and support children with disabilities in early childhood settings.

This project resulted in the production of an Inclusion Resource Guide and ongoing visits to centres to help early childhood workers meet the needs of children with disabilities and developmental delays in their care. This project has been highly valued by early childhood workers particularly because it involves the provision of consultancy services in children’s local, neighbourhood early childhood settings.

In 2015, Therapy Matters was successfully awarded a grant to become the new independent, Project Manager for this initiative. A name change to Therapy Connect, signalled the commencement of a broader project encompassing allied health assessment and short-term treatment services for children from disadvantaged and vulnerable families. If was the beginning of the partnership between our three clinics: Therapy Matters (speech pathology), Kids and Community (Occupational Therapy) and Dr Karen Plant (Psychology). 

Children from disadvantaged and vulnerable families who live in the 2484 Murwillumbah postcode (including Burringbar) or attend an early childhood centre or school (Kindergarten - Grade 2 students only) in the 2484 Murwillumbah postcode are welcome to be referred to our Therapy Connect service. This service is a free service provided under the Federal Governments Communities for Children Initiative for eligible families. Families will meet our Project Officer, Jo Bacon, who can refer to our team for psychology, speech pathology and/or occupational therapy assessments and short-term blocks of therapy services. 

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Therapy Connect Alliance: A Private Allied Health Team Service
Connecting you with your local, trusted private therapists...

Therapy Matters (Speech Pathologists), Kids and Community (Occupational Therapists) and Dr Karen Plant (Psychologist)

With the rollout of the NDIS across Northern NSW and Southern QLD, our three clinics formed a joint private venture in 2017 with the vision to provide a high quality, caring, professional, experienced, ethical and collaborative team based service for children with disabilities and their families across a more broader area extending from the Gold Coast, out to Mt Tambourine and down to Northern NSW encompassing the Tweed, Tweed Valley and Tweed Coast areas. 

Our Vision 

Our Vision

To be the leading, trusted and respected collaborative therapy team on the Gold Coast and Northern NSW .

Our Mission

We are committed to the provision of the highest quality, collaborative  therapy services by dedicated, fulfilled, well-supported, knowledgeable and talented staff that value people with disabilities for their contributions to the community.


Trust We build trusted relationships with children, families, colleagues and the community. 

Reliability We provide long term, stable and  reliable therapy services in the local community.

Excellence We recruit high achieving clinicians  with exemplary clinical skills who are dedicated to ongoing professional development.  We support and mentor our staff to ensure continued provision of excellence.

Ethical We run ethical, financially viable businesses that value our staff and their well-being as employees.

Dedication We are dedicated to and motivated by the improvements and growth of our clients. We constantly strive for creative ways to make a difference in the lives of children. 

Collaboration We love collaborating and learning from others.  We see our role in partnership with families.

Connection We value the importance of   genuinely connecting with you and your child as well as all the members of your child’s team.

Passionate We love what we do and we are passionate in sharing it with our community.


 Speech Pathology

 Helping children to speak, communicate, understand, eat and drink.

Occupational Therapy

Helping children with the things they want or need to do in their day like everyday self care tasks, playing and making social connections, engaging and participating in learning and recreation activities. 


Helping children  with their behaviour, social, emotional and cognitive skills.

Therapy Team Services

We’re passionate about working together to better understand and support children and families from multiple perspectives. We can provide: 

· Team Based Service Agreements & Goals

· Regular Team Meetings

· Integration of therapy strategies across all  disciplines

· Team Assessment and/or Joint Therapy Sessions

· Combined Group Programs

· Team Progress Review Reports

Families are welcome to choose just one of our services or all of our services or combine our services with other services available in the community.


We’ve been working together as a team for over a decade now. Working collaboratively is      something that is part of our essence as therapists. It is what we do on a daily basis … talking, planning, discussing and sharing to ensure that each and every child has the collaborative    benefit of everyone’s wisdom.

We have staff meetings together regularly and can arrange joint therapy sessions. We bring the different perspectives of all of our disciplines     together to ensure that we have the whole      picture of your child and not just one narrow    area of focus.

We save you time and paperwork. We share with each other so you don’t have to tell your story multiple times. We coordinate our services. Our therapists don’t compete for your services, we collaborate with you and work out what combination and intensity of services may be best for your child and family at any point in time. 

We run ethical, reliable businesses with long-term staff. We pay our staff as employees and provide them with extensive support and professional development. Our staff are talented clinicians,  happy, fulfilled and driven to be motivated by client change and growth. We love making a difference in children’s lives!


· Contact any of our Therapy Connect        Alliance clinics by phone or email.

· Let us know at the time of referral that you require a team based service.

· We will fill out a Therapy Connect Alliance Referral form.

· We will have the other team members   contact you to arrange services. There’s no need to contact each clinic directly.

· We can arrange joint service agreements and goals that reflect our commitment to collaboration and co-ordination of services.

· We can arrange team meetings with you and your child’s educational setting so  everyone is working together.


Read more in our About Us brochure>> 

Download our Therapy Connect Alliance Private Allied Health Team Referral Form>>

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