This article was published by Caboolture Shire Herald.
People with disabilities living in Caboolture will soon be able to receive Allied Health services locally.
CPL have been providing services for Queenslanders for over 65 years and this new service in Caboolture will aim to meet demands and reduce travel times and costs for families and carers.
Close to 1,500 people living in Caboolture have to travel for therapy or miss out, as the Census of Population and Housing revealed; a number expected to rise as Queensland transitions into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Sarah Greatorex, Speech Pathologist with CPL and Team Leader of their new Caboolture service explained that the closest CPL services to Caboolture currently are Maroochydore or Brendale.
“Many of our clients in and around Caboolture can’t travel to Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast so they either don’t receive the therapy they need or they have to pay extra to have therapists travel to them.”
“Travel costs reduce the number of sessions that clients are able to access. But now that we’re in Caboolture people can come to see us for $165 for one appointment with multiple therapists, so they can combine two appointments into one now and it’s cheaper without travel,” she said.
“The thing that I think sets CPL apart from others is our multidisciplinary approach. We work with every client in a really holistic way – about 60% of my appointments with another therapist – either one of our OT’s or Physio’s.
“Joint appointments ensure we can provide support for our clients in the most efficient way possible.
“No two people are the same and neither are the therapy approaches. From assistive tech, to mealtime support, through to general speech and language work, there’s so much variety,” she said.
“One of my favourite memories is of a client who, after therapy at CPL, can now clearly communicate yes or no. She now feels much better about going out into the community and she can communicate with the world around her with confidence. It’s very humbling.”
“We’re constantly brainstorming with the other therapists to figure out how we can best work together to get the best outcomes for our clients,” she explained.
For people with disabilities in Caboolture, they will now have more choice to receive their therapy services locally. Sarah said she is excited to start working with clients closer to home to find new ways and reach their goals.
To find out more about CPL’s Allied Health services in Caboolture, call 1800 275 753 or www.cpl.org.au today!