A multidisciplinary allied health practice has arrived at a popular Ipswich shopping centre, offering services in disability, mental health and developmental trauma.
A new healing hub has opened its doors at Ripley Town Centre, offering support to people of all ages through occupational therapy, speech pathology, psychology, and social work.
Sensational Healing Allied Health specialises in disability, mental health, developmental trauma, and development delay services, and has a goal to strengthen relationships and families across Ipswich.
Director and paediatric occupational therapist Kathryn Torney started the clinic as a small, home-based practice three years ago.
It has since grown and evolved with the needs of the community, prompting Ms Torney to consider relocating to a more central location.
The new clinic includes a range of facilities to support its clients, including a “life skills” kitchen, calming mental health rooms, and three sensory gyms for motor skills development.
Ms Torney said shifting to the Ripley shopping centre would allow staff to form deeper connections with the community.
“It was really important for me to be able to work within my own community and support local families because we have built such strong connections here,” she said.
“We are excited to continue to do so on a larger scale in our new clinic.
“Our team of 12, highly qualified therapists, many of whom are also locals, pride themselves on their relationship-focused framework and how this translates into practice with our clients.”
Ripley Town Centre manager Andrew Quinert said the addition of the family-owned business would help sustain the community over the long term.
“The need for health services for young children is growing exponentially, so this multidisciplinary one-stop-shop will go a long way to supporting our expanding community, now and into the future, alongside our other health and wellbeing providers,” he said.
Sensational Healing can be found on Ripley Town Centre’s second floor above Pharmacy 4 Less, joining Ripley Medical & Skin Clinic, Ripley Dental Surgery, Valley Skin and Beauty and others in offering health and wellbeing services to Ipswich residents.
For more information about Sensational Healing and its services, click here.
By Jessica Baker, The Courier Mail, 20 October 2021