Child enjoys a story with her parents during a therapy session

Carpentaria Kids

Carpentaria Kids is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of Allied Health professionals, including Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists.

We provide services for children and young people aged between 0 and 18 years of age. These services include:

  • Specific, functional developmental therapies to address speech and language difficulties
  • Play and other life skills (eg schooling demands)
  • Physical development (fine and gross motor skills)
  • Psychological issues, which may be seen as difficult behaviour, including skills development for parents to better work with their child

Carpentaria Kids provides comprehensive evidence based therapy and family support services utilising a relationship based approach. We tailor our sessions to the individual needs, preferences and developmental level of each child or young person. Carpentaria Kids works in partnership with families to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of the children and their families.

The way we work includes:

  • Using a multi-disciplinary team approach including Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychology
  • Visits by therapists to the family home, preschool, day care centre and other settings to implement the therapy program
  • Support and guidance to help children and young people with important transitions such as starting or changing school or year levels
  • Liaison with local and interstate services needed by the family, including medical and specialist services

Learn more about the Carpentaria Kids program in a 2 minute video here. A longer 7 minute overview is available here.


Carpentaria Kids offers sessions to families under different funding models, including:

  • NDIS – further information about Carpentaria services under the NDIS is available here
  • Medicare Health Care Plans, including:
    • Chronic Disease Management Plan
    • Medicare Benefits for Individuals with Autism
    • Allied Health Services under Medicare for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
    • Better Access To Mental Care Plan
    • (Your doctor will assist you to access an appropriate Medicare plan. Your rebate amount will depend on which plan you have. We can also provide you with further rebate information.)
  • Private Health Insurance rebates may be available, depending on your policy. Talk to your private health provider for further information



While the transition to the NDIS continues, funding may also be available under:

  • Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) provides children with a diagnosis of Autism with access to up to $12,000 (up to $6,000 per financial year) of early intervention, up to age of seven. Children must be registered with an autism advisor before their sixth birthday to access this funding. Please note that physiotherapy is not covered under the Helping Children with Autism funding.
  • Better Start Program funding gives children with specific diagnoses up to $12,000 (up to $6,000 per financial year) of early intervention until they turn seven. Contact us to discuss which diagnoses are eligible for this funding.


How do I refer my child?

Anyone can refer a child, including parents/carers, Paediatricians, NT Government Children’s Development Team, Early Childhood Australia and schools. Download a Request for Service form here.

Contact us for further details or to make an appointment.