Children’s Physiotherapy – Community Health


The Children’s Physiotherapy team at Eastern Health Community Health work with children and their families who are experiencing physical and gross motor skill related problems. They provide assessment and management of infants and children up to 12 years old on an individual basis. Children’s physiotherapists are available to provide assessment and management for children with a wide range of paediatric conditions.

Reasons for referral may include:

  • Plagiocephaly (flat or misshapen head in infants)
  • Torticollis / head turn preference (usually presenting at birth)
  • Talipes (foot posture issues usually presenting at birth)
  • Muscle tone variations – low tone "floppy" or high tone "stiff" in body, arms and legs
  • Normal postural variations (e.g. in-toeing, bow-legged, knock-knees, flat feet)
  • Developmental delay (not reaching gross motor ‘milestones’)
  • Developmental disorders, pre schoolers who are not eligible for early intervention
  • Gait variations/abnormalities (concerns with how a child is walking)
  • Joint pain / back and neck pain

Please refer to alternate services:

  • Infants who are referred under 12 weeks old may be seen by the acute paediatric outpatient team.
  • For a non-school aged child with moderate to severe developmental delay/issues and requires more than 2 allied health therapies e.g. Speech Pathology and/or Occupational Therapy as well as Physiotherapy please refer to Early Childhood Intervention Services through Central Intake:
  • If a child has a known diagnosis (e.g. Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X, Cerebral Palsy) where there is other government funding available e.g. Better Start, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), please refer to Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS/ECEI) for pre-school aged children or a Private Practitioner for school aged children.
  • For a school aged child with moderate to severe issues requiring more than 2 allied health therapies e.g. Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy as well as Physiotherapy please discuss referrals with their school.
  • For children post injury/illness/surgery that require intensive multi-therapy care, please refer to Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS)
  • Children who qualify for early intervention services (ECIS/ECEI), the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) or qualify for therapy through their school.
  • Children attending another physiotherapy service

Frequently Asked Questions

No you don't need a doctor's referral, you can self refer to all  Community Health services. However it can be helpful to have your doctor or Maternal Child Health nurse fill out the referral form so that we can direct you to the right service for you and your child. 

Alternatively referrals can come from:

  • Medical practitioner (GP or paediatrician)
  • Allied health professional
  • Maternal and child health nurse
  • School nurse
  • Parents/guardians

The Department of health prescribes the Community Health fees. The level of fees payable is dependent on the client’s income and whether the client has a concession card. Current fees (July 2016) are: There is no cost for children from low income families (includes HCC holders), $10 for middle income earners, $93.80 for high income earners.

Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health

For children living in the Yarra Valley area


377 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, 3777


2475 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction, 3797


P: 1300 130 381 F: 5962 1458 E:


Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm

Car Parking
Free car parking on site
Public Transport
Local buses operate through Yarra Junction and Healesville.


Maroondah Hospital

For children living in the eastern suburbs

24 Grey St, Ringwood East

Phone: 9871 3599



Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 4:30pm

Car Parking

Limited parking on site or 2 hour street parking.

Please allow extra time to find a park.

Public Transport
Local buses