Press Conference at the Healthy Strides Foundation (August 29, 2023)
"Healthy Strides is a world class leading facility"
Zaneta Mascarenhas MP
"This is evidence-based practice which is, as Zaneta said, not just national leading, it's world leading".
Hon Bill Shorten MP
In partnership with Mineral Resources Limited and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust, "The Healthy Strides Foundation has established a world class new technological centre of excellence with the introduction of an Australian-first paediatric rehabilitation program to be known as STRIDE Zero G".
(Suite 23), 954 Albany Highway,
East Victoria Park WA 6101
P. 08 6109 2938
Perth's only dedicated, intensive therapy, goal directed, research-backed, evidence-based paediatric practice. Research and evidence based practices form the basis of all of our programs - Healthy Strides was formed on the research of iStride (led by Dr Dayna Pool at Perth Children's Hospital) and continues to complete paediatric research programs including KINDY MOVES (2019, 2020), CPMovetime (2021), Active Strides-CP (2022, 2023) and The Power of One (2023).
The research for our programs have been published in renowned journals such as Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (DMCN) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ Open) - many of which are also open sourced and readily available to the public for no cost.
We are a Telethon7 beneficiary, Not for Profit, charitable organisation located in Perth, Western Australia, that provides intensive therapy, multi-disciplinary evidence based rehabilitation programs for children and young adults with neurological conditions and injuries to improve quality of life and meaningful participation. The Healthy Strides Foundation is an ACNC registered not-for-profit health promotions charity with tax deductible gift status.
NB. We do not offer any Bobath/NDT (NeuroDevelopmental Therapy), Vojta, CME (Cuevas Medek Exercises) or it's derivative DMI (Dynamic Movement Intervention) based on current evidence (as of 2023) indicating that these manual facilitation techniques and approaches - steeped in an outdated, 1970's understanding of neuroplasticity - are either ineffective or have no evidence to support its effectiveness in improving motor skills.
Evidence based practice is the holistic integration of the BEST available RESEARCH evidence, combined with CLINICAL EXPERTISE as well as the VALUES and GOALS of the INDIVIDUAL that is receiving the services. You can find our clinical reasonings on our Evidence Based Practice page at the link below.
The team at Healthy Strides has been awarded the Australian Allied Health Impact and Innovation Excellence Award.
This is in addition to winning the Allied Health Assistant of the Year Award and multiple finalists in other categories including the Australian Allied Health Team Culture Award.
Our team had also been the caretaker of the Australian Allied Health Private Practice Excellence Award from 2019 to 2021. Our interdisciplinary team pride themselves on innovation excellence in paediatrics.
STRIDE, ACTIVATE, REACH and KINDY MOVES follow the therapy 3-6-9 philosophy. 3 times per week, for a 6 week duration, following the 9 principles of neuroplasticity. We specialise in goal directed, Intensive Therapy services - research backed and evidence based services only!
Real Research | Real Evidence | Real Results
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We are proud to have been a Telethon beneficiary since 2018. We are indebted to the generosity of the WA public and Telethon 7 Perth. The Healthy Strides team have undertaken world leading research projects, iStride, Kindy Moves and CPMoveTime and the "Power of One" study.
We provide individualised goal directed intensive therapy programs (in 3 week, 6 week blocks, along with a custom duration program option) for children and young adults with neurologically based conditions and injuries. This includes people with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Increasingly, research supports the effectiveness of focused and specific activity based interventions. This is the basis of motor learning and neuroplasticity where it is understood that consolidated mass practice of specific tasks has the potential to change neurological pathways. Interventions based on this principle are known as Activity Based Rehabilitation.
Embracing principles of neuroplasticity through Activity Based Rehabilitation approaches has the potential to improve each person's ability as well as to importantly, increase participation in life situations whether that be at home, school or community.
All of our Activity Based Rehabilitation programs are delivered three times per week over the three to six weeks period. In some instances, more frequent sessions are warranted and in these cases, families do have this option if required.
The frequency of intervention is based on current research, our years of clinical experience and our own research in Activity Based Rehabilitation.
Engaging in short periods of focused programs also has the benefit of planning ahead so that therapy can fit around the person and family. Whilst intensive therapy is important for optimising skills and participation, it needs to be manageable so that families can balance work, school, family time and fun!
NB. The custom program option will provide a varied session frequency and can be discussed at the initial assessment.
Speech Pathology is offered in a multi-disciplinary environment. Available as both a Plus or Pro option in addition to your Intensive Therapy program, we see this as another element that completes a holistic approach to therapy provision - please visit our dedicated Speech Pathology portal for all the latest information.
Please use the form above to contact us directly with any general questions, comments, or scheduling enquiries you may have.
Suite 23/954 Albany Highway East Victoria Park WA 6101
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:00pm