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My Baby Isn’t a Good Sleeper. What Should I Do?

Townsville Paediatrics 

Dear Dr Ramaa Puvvadi, My baby isn’t a good sleeper. What should I do?

Having a regular bedtime routine is key to a good sleep. While most parents pat or rock babies to sleep, which is OK for newborns, cut down on this as it can form a sleep association later. Begin to put the child awake in the cot to encourage self-settling. Leave the room briefly with regular checks or sit quietly until your child falls asleep. In addition, have quiet time before bed, such as a bath, and avoid feeding just before bed. Contact your doctor if you’re having trouble and your baby continues to be a bad sleeper despite routine measures.

Call Townsville Paediatrics on 4427 5817






Special Needs Guide Townsville 2020

Here is our guide to products, services and more for those with disabilities/special needs in Townsville. 

AEIOU Townsville

Young children with autism gain skills that last a lifetime at AEIOU Foundation Townsville. AEIOU delivers full-time therapy and care to children aged 2-6 years, and is a leader in the field of evidence-based early intervention.

In general the specialist team works closely with each child to develop independence, communication and social skills, and reduce challenging behaviours. Plus, parents and carers can also rely on one-to-one assistance in navigating the NDIS. AEIOU’s dedicated NDIS Support Coordinators are always here to help families access the right plan for their child’s needs.

P 4773 2898

E townsville@aeiou.org.au


Coastal Kids Speech Pathology

Coastal Kids support children from birth to 18 years old and their families to help maximise their communication skills. They do this by offering evidence based speech and language therapy services for speech delays, language delays, stuttering, children with autism and developmental delays, and more.

Family is very important at Coastal Kids Speech Pathology. Because of this, each family’s circumstances are taken into account and they have control of the frequency of the visits as well as the course of treatment.

P 0427 922 378

E info@coastalkidsspeech.com.au


Centacare NQ

Here counsellors can provide support to individuals, couples, children and families experiencing issues, whether it be with relationships, parenting, trauma, stress, loss, general wellbeing or something else. In addition, they offer NDIS and disability support, aged care, an Employee Assistance Program, Multicultural Support and more.

At Centacare they will always listen and try their best to make a difference, committed to helping people in North Queensland who need it the most. Most importantly, everyone is treated with the respect and care that they deserve.

P Free Call 1300 NQ Care (1300 672 273)


Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy are registered with the NDIS, meaning that if you have applied and been successful for NDIS funding then you can use that support to purchase eligible goods through Calanna. Whether it is home aids like wheelie walkers, toilet seats, continence support products, compression garments or other items to aid in quality of life and health, Calanna Whole Health stock a large range.

The whole team at Calanna aim to help make life easier for people with a disability.  So, if you are registered with NDIS, all you or your care plan coordinator needs to do is provide Calanna with your full name, date of birth and NDIS number, and the team can help take care of it for you.

P Deeragun 4751 6286

 Kirwan 4773 4224

 Aitkenvale 4725 5244

 Currajong 4728 6544

E hello@calannapharmacy.com.au


Helping Hands – Hand, Wrist & Arm Clinic

The dynamic therapy team at Helping Hands are here to help with all sorts of issues relating to everything from the finger tips to shoulders, from tiny infants to the elderly. Their services include exercising and strengthening programs, prescription and fabrication for casts, orthoses and braces, strapping and bandaging, massage, hands-on mobilisation and much more.

Along with helping with various conditions that affect the arms, they also offer paediatric services helping children improve their handwriting and fine motor skills and assisting with neuro-development.

P 4755 2337

E info@helpinghandsclinic.com.au


Complete Mobility & Rehab

Complete Mobility & Rehab promotes independence in the home and out and about, supplying products that increase quality of life. From kitchen equipment to electric wheelchairs and everything in between, the fully trained team of professionals understand that independence, dignity and peace of mind are important. The team will always help you find exactly what you need.

You can always count on qualified staff with years of experience who can help you install, repair and modify equipment to suit your individual needs. In addition, they also provide trial equipment, home delivery, short and long-term equipment hire and home servicing.

P 4725 9476

E info@completemobility.com.au


Townsville Paediatrics

Townsville Paediatrics provide specialist care to children, from newborns right through to adolescents. In fact the friendly and caring experts on the team are able to make sure your child is well on track to reach milestones, whether it’s walking, talking, motor skills and more, as well as addressing any concerns you may have about health or development. Overall the team are highly specialised in autism and ADHD.

If your child is experiencing medical, developmental or behavioural difficulties, they are here to help. You can visit your GP to discuss your concerns and ask for a referral to Townsville Paediatrics.

P 4427 5817

E admin@townsvillepaediatrics.com.au



Sisu7 is a unique store providing products, toys and games that have been handpicked by an Occupational Therapist to provide a therapeutic or developmental outcome. All of the products are designed to be used and played by the whole family whilst increasing school skills, developmental outcomes or other important skills needed for people and children to grow. Overall they help people be independent and have fun whilst doing it.

P 0439 796 016

E jmurray@accesstherapyservices.com.au


Access Therapy Services

Access Therapy Services is a trusted NDIS provider working in the North Queensland region for over 10 years. They work with people of all ages from children, adolescents, adults and older people in their homes, in schools and in the community. Their allied health team have a diverse range of skill sets and experience working with all areas of disability and needs. Overall they pride themselves on supporting people and families in unique and individual ways; you are not a number to them!

P 4779 1886

E info@accesstherapyservices.com.au


Sony Foundation Camps

Sony Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Camps (Sony Camps) operate around Australia in partnership with Schools and Universities, providing a unique and inclusive overnight residential camp experience to children with a disability.

When attending, children are cared for by dedicated and passionate senior high school students, giving them an opportunity to develop relationships with peers outside of their family unit. During these camps incredible bonds are formed, with many lasting well beyond camp. In addition, school staff, adult volunteers and qualified health professionals are on site at all times.

To apply for your child to attend one of two annual Sony Camps in Townsville, click HERE: 


Nurture Family Health Centre

Nurture Family Health Centre is a registered NDIS provider, helping participants to reach their goals. They offer a range of services for the whole family as they are a multidisciplinary team, which include Speech pathology, Occupational therapy, Child and Adult Psychology, Physiotherapy, and much more. They also have medical and dental practitioners available, and offer pregnancy, postnatal and regular Pilates classes.

P 4772 2555

E admin@nurturehealthcentre.com


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My Child Is Struggling with Reading, Could She Have Dyslexia?

Yolanda van der Kruk – Registered Psychologist and Neurodevelopmental Consultant – Townsville Paediatrics

Dear Yolanda, My child is really struggling learning to read, could she have dyslexia?

Dyslexia can be very frustrating for a child that is learning to read. It is not only a reading difficulty but a spelling, phonics and comprehension struggle, resulting in lack of reading and writing fluency and accuracy. Although common among early readers, persistence can be the sign of it. The good news is with the proper help and skills, a child can learn ways to help manage these. If you have concerns regarding your child, a full educational and psychometric assessment can identify a range of learning problems, including dyslexia. It can also provide you with detailed information on your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses profile.

4427 5817 


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What Are The Treatment Options for a Child with Eczema?

Dr Adele Heyer – Townsville Paediatrics

Dear Dr Adele, my child has eczema. What are the treatment options?

Eczema is a common skin condition and can be very disabling for some children. It makes the skin intensely itchy, dry and inflamed, especially during a flare. In general, frequently applied moisturisers are the mainstay in managing it. . 

Flares should be recognised and treated early and are treated with steroid creams or antibiotics if infection is present. In some children an allergic trigger can be identified and avoided, but this is not always possible. Fortunately, eczema can improve with age in most children. Overall, a consistent and diligent daily skin routine will improve the skin’s integrity and reduce severity of symptoms.

4427 5817

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Should I be Concerned About My Child’s Heart Murmur?

Dr A. Guatam – Townsville Paediatrics

Dear Dr Guatam, My child has a heart murmur. Should I be concerned?

Heart murmurs are whooshing or humming sounds heard between the two heartbeat sounds, with a stethoscope. Pathological murmurs can be caused by serious conditions and additional tests may be required to determine an innocent murmur from a harmful one. However, a murmur by itself does not always represent an abnormality. A large majority of healthy infants and young children can have murmurs which will disappear as the child grows. Contact your Doctor if the heart murmur concerns you or seems ongoing.

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How Can I Help My Child With Autism Manage Big Emotions?

Yolanda Van Der Kruk – Psychologist – Townsville Paediatrics

Dear Yolanda, how can I help my child with autism manage big emotions?

Many, if not all children diagnosed with autism experience emotion regulation difficulties. Fortunately, with the right help, we can teach our children with autism how to better manage these. When they’re upset, remind them that this feeling will pass. Practice taking deep breaths with them and offer calming and comforting tools. Talk to them about what they can do to better manage these emotions through prevention and regulation techniques when they aren’t upset. Then you can them of these techniques during a meltdown, even offering a reward for doing so.

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