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NDIS Information

Therapy Focus is a registered service provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and WA NDIS.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing funding and supports to people with disabilities across Australia. It aims to give people more choice and control, allowing them to live more independently and work towards achieving their goals and aspirations.

In Western Australia two models of the NDIS have been trialled – one by the WA State Government (WA NDIS) and one by the Commonwealth Government (NDIS). In early 2017 the State and Commonwealth governments signed a bilateral agreement that will see the NDIS roll-out in WA under a nationally consistent, locally administered model.

Roll-out of the full scheme will commence from 1 July 2017.

During this transition period, people can continue to access both models in the following local government areas:

NDIS:

  • City of Swan
  • City of Bayswater
  • City of Bassendean
  • Shire of Kalamunda
  • Shire of Mundaring
  • Shire of Chittering
  • Shire of Toodyay
  • Shire of Northam
  • Shire of York

WA NDIS:

  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Kwinana
  • City of Armadale
  • Shire of Murray
  • Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • Lower South West

       

Our therapists have extensive experience delivering services under both models, and can support people with approved NDIS and WA NDIS plans regardless of where you live. 

For more information about the NDIS and other funding options available, simply contact our friendly team. We can help you find out if you’re eligible and answer your questions. 

 


NDIS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have a choice about whether to be part of the NDIS?

If you or your child is eligible for disability services in Western Australia then you must participate in the scheme to receive government funding for services. Existing services and supports will continue until eligible individuals start their NDIS plan as per the roll-out schedule.

There are tools available online to help you find out if you’re eligible:

NDIS – www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist.html

WA NDIS – www.dsc.wa.gov.au/Am_I_Eligible/

What is involved in the transition?

If you are already receiving disability services, or are eligible to, you will be contacted by either a WA NDIS Local Coordinator or NDIS Planning and Support Coordinator (depending on where you live) to develop an individual plan. The WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator will arrange a meeting with you and the key people in your life to set goals and identify what you would like to achieve in the short-term, and into the future. Your plan will outline the supports you might need to help you achieve these goals.

If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, a member of your therapy team will arrange to meet with you to ensure you’re prepared for this transition process. If you are not receiving Therapy Focus services, but would like to through the NDIS, please contact us for assistance

What will therapy services look like?

Individuals and families will have more choice and control over how their therapy services are delivered.

WA NDIS plans are developed with support from WA NDIS Local Coordinators, who will discuss what services you are currently accessing. You will be able to choose Therapy Focus to quote on services for your goal areas.  

NDIS plans are developed with support from NDIS Planning and Support Officers, who will outline the funding you have for therapy services. You may then choose which therapy service provider you would like to access once the plan is finalised.

For more information about the therapy and support services Therapy Focus offers, visit our how we can help page. For more information about how our therapy teams deliver services, visit our how we work page.

What about equipment?

Equipment is funded under the NDIS and will be part of your plan. It is important to talk to your WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator about equipment you already have and what you might need in the future.

If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, your therapy team can help you understand what equipment you might need and what support is required. For more information about how Therapy Focus can assist in terms of equipment, visit our Aids & Equipment page.

Will I be worse off?

The Commonwealth and State Governments have promised that no one will be worse off in changing to the NDIS. It is important to talk to your WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator about what services you are currently accessing and how these services are helping you achieve your goals.

If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, your therapy team can help explain what services you are currently receiving from Therapy Focus, and how therapy and other supports can help you achieve your goals.

 

Assessments

We offer a range of assessments to identify difficulties in a number of developmental areas.

Autism Assessments

For information regarding Autism Assessments, please click here.

Speech Pathology Assessments

A comprehensive assessment of areas such as expressive language, speech intelligibility and comprehension conducted by our qualified speech pathologists.

Occupational Therapy Assessments

A comprehensive assessments of areas such as writing, fine motor, sensory and visual perception skills conducted by our qualified occupational therapists.

Cognitive Assessments

A cognitive assessment is the formal testing of a child’s thinking, problem-solving and reasoning abilities.

Depending on the age of the child, this assessment is conducted using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) or the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI). The Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Assessment is also conducted to assess functional impact on the child’s daily living, social, language and coping skills.

These assessments are conducted by our qualified psychologists and are accepted by the Disability Services Commission‘s Eligibility Team and the Education Department.

Psycho-Educational Assessments

A Psycho-Educational assessment provides an estimate of a person’s intellectual abilities and academic strengths and weaknesses. This includes a cognitive assessment (detailed above) and a Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) conducted by our qualified psychologists.

Language Development Centre Assessments

Our qualified psychologists and speech pathologists can conduct assessments as per the requirements of language Development Centres.

Early Childhood Intervention Program

We support the development of young children with disabilities to increase their independence, wellbeing and participation in everyday activities.

How we can help

Early intervention is vital to give children who have disabilities the best start in life. Our qualified therapists work with young children aged 0-8, their families and carers to build on strengths and develop key skills. Support can include:

  • Play and social skill development
  • Communication skill development
  • Mobility and movement support
  • Toileting, self-care and hygiene skill development
  • Feeding and mealtime management
  • Sleep support
  • School readiness and transition support
  • Relationship development
  • Behaviour support
  • Sensory and emotional regulation
  • Development of routines
  • Provision of aids and equipment that support Early Childhood development

Our early intervention program and disability support services are flexible and can be tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and their carers. Our aim is to ensure that we deliver the appropriate amount of support and care to give children living with a disability the skills they require to get ahead in life.

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Autism Assessments

What is an Autism Assessment?

An autism diagnostic assessment helps determine whether an individual meets the criteria for autism and provides information about their presentation and support needs.

How are Autism Assessments conducted?

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS -2) assessment tool and a Clinical Interview are administered by experienced therapists to provide a clinical decision based on the DSM-5 criteria.

The diagnostic process includes a comprehensive parent interview, formal observations of the child/adolescent and communication with the key people in the child/adolescent’s life (carers, teaching staff etc.) A cognitive assessment may also be conducted if required.

Assessments are conducted over one to two sessions, depending on the individual’s age and the information provided to us in a pre-assessment questionnaire. If the individual is school aged, then the first session may take place at school with permission.

At the conclusion of the autism assessment, a detailed diagnostic report will be provided. This report will be used to make future decisions about what support and development services are required.

How do I get an Autism Assessment?

Contact our friendly team at Therapy Focus to request an autism assessment appointment. Although not required, we recommend obtaining an eligible autism diagnostic assessment referral from a consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist to allow you to claim back some costs as a Medicare rebate.

What happens after the diagnosis?

The first step after an autism assessment is to contact Therapy Focus so we can begin designing an autism therapy program to meet individual needs. Our programs are tailored to provide the level of care that the diagnosis requires, with the right level of skill development and appropriate support services.

As a leading disability service organisation in Perth, we offer a range of services to help those with autism, including behaviour support and early childhood intervention, as well as support for parents and carers.

You will be appointed a Key Worker, who will become your central point of contact. Your Key Worker will work closely with you and your family, sharing knowledge, skills and information, and integrating strategies into daily routines to help manage and reduce the difficulties associated with care.

For more information about our autism assessments, please contact us today on 1300 135 373. If you’d like to make an appointment for an autism assessment, contact our Perth office closest to you (we have 14).

Autism Services & Support

Therapy Focus is one of Australia’s leading disability service providers, offering a range of professional therapy services to children and adults with autism.

What is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder which affects a person’s ability to interact and communicate. It is a lifelong condition that is present from early childhood, and affects a person’s ability to relate to their environment and the people around them.

Autism is a complex condition. There are several different ways in which autism might present, which is why a ‘spectrum’ is referred to. There are a range of difficulties that those with autism experience, these difficulties also vary in the degree to which they may be experienced. The level of difficulty is determined by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences, and whilst some people may be able to live relatively normal lives, others require daily specialist support.

The main areas of difficulty experienced by people with autism include:

  • Social communication
  • Social interaction
  • Restricted or repetitive behavior
  • Learning challenges
  • Intellectual disability
  • Hypersensitivity

Signs of Autism

It may be difficult to identify the exact signs of autism spectrum disorder, as the difficulties experienced can differ greatly between people. However, here are a few challenges commonly experienced by people with autism:

  • Challenges with communication and initiating and/or sustaining conversations
  • Difficulty interacting with others and making friends
  • Inability to read non-verbal forms of communication
  • Delayed language development
  • Repetitive behaviours
  • Self-stimulatory behaviours like hand flapping, spinning or head-banging
  • Strong interest in one topic or subject
  • Preference for routines and a dislike for change
  • Some may experience hyposensitivity or hypersensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours

There are also certain mental health and medical issues that frequently accompany autism, such as anxiety and phobias, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep disturbances, seizures and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.

Autism in Children

Autism is typically diagnosed in children, as signs of the disorder can be seen early on in the developmental stage. Autism in children cannot be definitively diagnosed until around 18 to 24 months, however symptoms tend to emerge between 12 and 18 months of age and can even be present from as early as 9 months.

Symptoms of autism in children:
Autism can be hard to detect in newborns and young children, however there are a few signs to be wary of, including:

  • If by 9 months, there is no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions.
  • If by 12 months, there is no babbling or back-and-forth gestures, or if these behaviours were once present but have stopped.
  • If, at any age, they present a loss of language or social skills. This could be if an infant stops babbling or a toddler stops speaking or responding. A loss of social skills could mean problems interacting with others, sharing affection, or difficulties learning.

Signs of autism in children are usually seen within the first two years. It’s important for parents to pay close attention to their child’s social communication development and watch for the red flags. For some children, signs may be present from birth, however others may seem to develop normally at first, until learning development appears to backtrack and symptoms begin to show (usually between 18 to 36 months).

Think your child may be showing signs of autism?
If any of the above symptoms of autism are present in your children, trust your instincts and make an appointment with your child’s doctor immediately. We urge parents not to accept the wait-and-see-approach, as research has proven that an early diagnosis and intervention can significantly reduce the impact of autism on a child’s functioning and aid in helping them live to their potential.

How we can help

At Therapy focus, our qualified therapists and support staff offer a range of autism support and services, available to people on the autism spectrum, as well as their families and carers.

We offer autism support services in Perth and the South West region of WA, including:

How we work

We provide a highly personalised, flexible service that is tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers. Our team of qualified therapists deliver evidence-based therapy programs that focus on goals and achieve real, functional outcomes. 

To find out more about our autism support services, contact us today. 

Communication

We help people with disabilities develop their speech, reading and writing skills through our comprehensive speech therapy in Perth.

How we can help

Our qualified speech pathologists can help children and adults with disabilities develop their speech and language, literacy and communication skills.

Our speech therapy for children and adults can include:

  • A dynamic assessment
  • Literacy development such as the ‘Four Blocks’ approach
  • Communication skill development
  • Communication partner strategies
  • Identification of Assistive Augmentative Communication (AAC) solutions
  • Specialised communication programs such as Hanen Parent programs
  • Provision of aids and equipment that support communication

Our services are flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Movement & Mobility

We help people with disabilities develop their movement and mobility to increase access and independence.

How we can help

Mobility is the ability to move or be moved freely and easily. Our qualified physiotherapists and occupational therapists help children and adults with disabilities develop independent mobility skills, allowing them to participate in a range of physical activities.  Support can include:

  • Support to achieve developmental milestones such as rolling, crawling, sitting and walking
  • Development of key movement skills such as running, jumping, skipping and hopping
  • Support for physical activities such a bike riding
  • Education and strategies for mobility and movement
  • Provision of aids and equipment that support mobility and movement

Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Daily Living & Independence

We help people with disabilities develop daily living skills to become more independent at home, school, in the workplace and out in the community.

How we can help

Our team of qualified therapists and support staff help children and adults with disabilities develop skills for daily tasks and activities to help them achieve more independence.

Support can include:

  • Self-care and hygiene skills
  • Development of daily routines
  • Food preparation skills
  • Household tasks
  • Money skills, shopping and budgeting
  • Use of public transport
  • Use of the phone, computer and other technologies
  • Personal safety and awareness
  • Preparation for driving assessments
  • Provision of aids and equipment

Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers.

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Behaviour Support

Our Behaviour Support Team help individuals and families manage challenging behaviours.

How we can help

The Behaviour Support Team (BeST) consists of psychologists, behaviour analysts and social workers who work with therapists to support individuals and their families. Examples of challenging behaviours that BeST clinicians provide support for include aggression (physical and verbal), non-compliance, school refusal, anxiety, running away and self-harm. BeST clinicians work with the individual, their family and other key people to determine why the behaviour is occurring and what factors may be contributing to it. Intervention is then provided to:

  • Help the individual develop better coping skills
  • Help parents and carers to respond appropriately to behaviours
  • Help meet the individual’s needs in a more appropriate way

How we work

Brief clinic

Individuals and their parents/carers take part in five face-to-face sessions with a BeST clinician to focus on one behavioural goal. This usually takes place at a Therapy Focus clinic.

Direct intervention

A BeST clinician provides intensive support to individuals and their parents/carers over a longer period of time for behaviours that are more complex and severe.

Consultation

In instances where an individual’s existing therapy team are better placed to work with the family, therapists will consult with a BeST clinician to develop intervention strategies that the family and their therapy team can implement.

Group work

BeST clinicians provide behavioural strategies and programs to parents in a structured group setting.

Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers.

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Transitions

We help people with disabilities successfully navigate the transitions in their life.

How we can help

Our team of qualified therapists and support staff help children and adults with disabilities, their families and carers develop skills and strategies to transition to new environments. Examples of transitions we can provide support for include:

  • Starting school for the first time
  • Moving from primary school to high school
  • Leaving high school to pursue post school training or work opportunities
  • Moving from the family home to respite or shared accommodation

Support can include:

  • Establishing routines, schedules and work systems
  • Developing the specific skills required for the new environment. For example, reading a timetable for high school, using transport to get to work, understanding instructions in the classroom
  • Collaboration with key people in the new environment to better support the individual
  • Provision of aids and equipment to support transitions

Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers.

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Social Skills & Community

We help people with disabilities develop their social skills, form meaningful relationships and actively participate in the community.

How we can help

Our qualified therapists and Family Connect Workers help children and adults with disabilities develop social skills and become more confident in every day social situations. We also encourage and support individuals, their families and carers to explore opportunities and actively participate in their local community.

Support can include:

  • Exploring and mapping out interests, strengths and community opportunities
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers to community participation
  • Increasing access to the community and positive experiences
  • Developing public transport knowledge and skills
  • Using the phone, computer and other technologies
  • Developing personal safety and problem solving skills
  • Forming different types of relationships

Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers.

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Incontinence & Toilet Training

Our PEBBLES Team provide specialist incontinence advice and support to children aged 0-16 years with a disability.

How we can help

PEBBLES stands for Providing Education on Bladder and Bowel Health, Liaison, Expert Advice and Support.

The PEBBLES team provide specialist advice and support to children with a disability who may be experiencing bladder and bowel health issues, incontinence issues and those who require support with toilet training.

This children’s incontinence service is tailored to include:

  • An assessment of their condition
  • Management options for children experiencing incontinence
  • Advice on continence and toilet training
  • Advice on continence aids (e.g. nappies and pads)
  • Referral to subsidy schemes (where the child meets the eligibility conditions)
  • Information and education for the client/family and health care professionals, education and childcare providers.

View the PEBBLES brochure

How we work

The PEBBLES service is funded by the Disability Services Commission and managed by Therapy Focus in partnership with the Continence Advisory Service of WA.

Our children’s incontinence services are delivered by qualified healthcare professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses and specialist consultants, who have a wealth of knowledge in continence issues and disabilities. The PEBBLES team works collaboratively with families, education staff, Therapy Focus therapists and other health care professionals to provide the child with a support framework catered to their needs.

PEBBLES services are delivered via home and school visits, as well as from clinics located in Cockburn (Rocky Bay clients), Fremantle, Maddington, Mirrabooka and Mandurah. Regional visits are available for families living in regional and remote areas of WA, in addition to telephone, video and web conferencing.

How to access the service

Referrals may be made to PEBBLES for children with constipation, faecal incontinence/soiling, day-time wetting, as well as advice and support for toilet training/ toileting programs, continence products and subsidies.

A child must meet the following criteria to be eligible for our PEBBLES services:

  • Aged 0-16 years.
  • Has Australian Permanent Residency status
  • Is eligible to receive disability services or has a continence condition as a result of a permanent congenital disability.
  • Have toilet training or incontinence issues, including day wetting, constipation or faecal incontinence (soiling).
  • Child does not already access continence services from a specialty continence service (e.g. Princess Margaret Hospital Continence Clinic)
  • Primary reason for continence issues is not as a result of a primary psychiatric disorder.

NB: Where bed wetting is the sole issue, referral will be made to a bed wetting clinic.

To apply for PEBBLES services, please download and complete a referral form. Referrals will be accepted from families, General Practitioners (GPs), Paediatricians, other health care professionals, education staff and childcare staff.

PEBBLES Parent/Carer/Guardian Referral Form

PEBBLES Medical Referral Form

Contact PEBBLES

Phone: 1300 865 401 (toll free)

Email:

enquiries@therapyfocus.org.au (for assistance with referral)

pebbles@therapyfocus.org.au (for clinical enquiries only)

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Meal Time Management

We support people with disabilities who experience dysphagia and feeding issues to ensure mealtimes are safe and comfortable.

How we can help

Our teams of qualified therapists can help children and adults with disabilities, their families and carers develop  skills and strategies to ensure safety, comfort and increase independence during meal times. We provide a range of support options for mealtime management and dysphagia treatment including:

  • An assessment of eating and drinking skills and the mealtime routine
  • Referral for specialist assessment and liaison with a wider medical team
  • Development of dysphagia and mealtime management plans
  • Mealtime partner strategies
  • Development of a mealtime routine
  • Skill development programs tailored to physical strengths and needs
  • Provision of aids and equipment for meal time management

Our mealtime and dysphagia treatment and support options are flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their families and carers. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team today.

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Posture & Positioning

We help people with disabilities optimise their posture and positioning to increase independence, ensure comfort and minimise any risk of injury.

How we can help

Posture refers to the way the body is positioned. A person’s postural needs will change depending on the activities they are doing, such as eating, sleeping, moving or showering for example. Our team of qualified therapists and support staff help children and adults with disabilities, their families and carers manage posture and position throughout a 24 hour routine.

Support can include:

  • Assessment of the individual, their environment and functional activity
  • Trial of aids and equipment
  • Provision and setup of equipment
  • Training and education on safe use of equipment
  • Monitoring and review of positioning and equipment
  • Training for safe transfers
  • Supportive therapies such as for exercise, stretching and hydrotherapy programs
  • Referral to specialist services for customised splinting, orthotics,  seating or sleep systems
  • Specialised positioning for communication skill development
  • Participation in play via positioning

Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers.

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School Screening & Profiling

We help schools deliver intervention programs for students with learning and developmental difficulties.

How we can help

Our qualified therapists work closely with teaching staff to develop and conduct speech, language and sensory-motor intervention programs for students in whole class environments or small groups.

Support can include:

  • Profiling and assessment of students to identify strengths and areas for improvement
  • Development and implementation of classroom strategies and teaching programs
  • Professional development activities for teaching staff based on the needs of their students

Throughout the program our therapists maintain a close working relationship with the teaching staff as strategies and ideas are implemented. Towards the end of the program students are re-profiled to measure improvement and provide valuable data for future planning. Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each school and its students.

For more information and to discuss options for your school contact Therapy Focus on 1300 135 373 or email enquiries@therapyfocus.org.au.

Aids & Equipment

We prescribe, source funding and assist with the purchase of aids and equipment for people with disabilities and their families.

How we can help

As part of service our therapists help determine what equipment and aids an individual needs. Therapists can apply for funding assistance on your behalf and our Equipment Team can order and pay for items.

Items we can prescribe and source can include:

  • Wheelchairs and walkers
  • Hoists and slings
  • Personal hygiene equipment
  • Specialised seating and associated accessories
  • Postural supports
  • Communication devices
  • Assistive technology
  • Therapeutic sensory equipment
  • Modified bicycles and sporting equipment
  • Play equipment

A major source of funding assistance is the WA State Government’s Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP). CAEP funds basic and essential equipment for mobility and essential activities within the home. If an item is not covered within the CAEP basic and essential guidelines, our therapists can apply directly to charitable organisations and grant providers as an alternative.

Therapy Focus also administers its own charitable program, the GIVE Program, which individuals and families accessing Therapy Focus services can apply to for funding assistance.

If you are eligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding our therapists can recommend suitable equipment to your NDIS / WA NDIS Coordinator.

Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers.

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Home Modifications

We prescribe and source funding for home modifications for people with disabilities and their families.

How we can help

Home modifications can improve access to the home and increase independence for a person with a disability.

Examples of home modifications include:

  • Installation of ramps and grab rails
  • Installation of lever taps and hand held shower hoses
  • Widening doorways
  • Installation of celling hoists and tracking
  • Levelling surfaces
  • Installation of non-slip tiles

As part of service our qualified occupational therapists can complete an assessment for home modifications and determine if you are eligible for funding assistance. A major source of funding assistance is the WA State Government’s Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP). CAEP funds basic and essential equipment for mobility and essential activities within the home. If an item is not covered within the CAEP basic and essential guidelines, our therapists can apply directly to charitable organisations and grant providers as an alternative.

If you are eligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding our therapists can recommend suitable equipment to your NDIS / WA NDIS Coordinator.

Our service is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers.

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Parent Carer Support

Our MyTime support groups provide an opportunity for parents and carers to socialise, share ideas, experiences and find out about available community support.

Meet other parents and carers who understand the rewards and challenges of caring for a child with complex needs or chronic medical condition. MyTime sessions are hosted by our friendly Family Connect Workers and are held in three locations across the Perth Metropolitan area:  

Mandurah

Greenfields Family & Community Centre 2 Waldron Boulevard, Greenfields Mondays, 9:15am – 11:15am  

Cannington

AMF Bowling Centre Cnr Manning Road & Burton Street, Cannington Thursdays, 4pm – 6pm  

Armadale

Armadale Family & Community Centre 101 Challis Road, Seville Grove Fridays, 12:30pm – 2:30pm  

For more information or to register your interest, contact Therapy Focus on 1300 135 373 or email enquiries@therapyfocus.org.au.

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