NEW HOME: Setting up the relocated North Coast office of the Spastic Centre of NSW in Alstonville are (from left) team administrator Karin Wiersma, occupational therapist Natalie Goodwin, speech therapist Emily Armstrong and physiotherapist Cherie Hing.
NEW HOME: Setting up the relocated North Coast office of the Spastic Centre of NSW in Alstonville are (from left) team administrator Karin Wiersma, occupational therapist Natalie Goodwin, speech therapist Emily Armstrong and physiotherapist Cherie Hing.

Move a ‘win-win’ situation

FAMILIES of local children with cerebral palsy or complex needs from disabilities are celebrating this week after the Spastic Centre of NSW moved its North Coast office to Alstonville.
The office provides services and offers support for families with children with disabilities from birth to age 18 in the area from Tweed Heads to Scotts Head, near Macksville.
“The Spastic Centre has relocated from Coffs Harbour to Alstonville based on greater local demands for services,” rural services regional manager Francoise Wilson said.
“The move further north allows us to be better positioned to meet clients’ needs, though it remains a regional service. A team of five staff will be available to provide occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology services.”
The service mostly helps children at home or at their school.
That help includes teaching new skills and techniques in mobility, communication and self-care. The service also supports families and teachers to help children get the most out of school.
The service is based at the Alstonville Public Hall at Main Street. The hall has been refurbished to accommodate the office, with fresh paint and new carpet, with a wheelchair-friendly kitchen and bathroom to be installed.
“The premises were being under-utilised and could be serving the community in a more effective way,” Lands Minister Tony Kelly said.
“A playgroup recently vacated the hall and through discussions between Lands and council it was decided the best use of the building was to convert it to office premises available for lease.
“Leasing the hall to the Spastic Centre is a win-win situation for the community, the Spastic Centre, Lands and the trust.”
The Alstonville office opened on Monday and services are up and running. An official opening is being planned for later this year.
To contact the service call 6628 5976.


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