About Us

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Move and Play Paediatric Therapy was established to provide local, family-friendly and high quality physiotherapy services in the Mackay area for children of all ages, from babies to adolescents and young adults.

Our Service Values

  • Flexibility
    We understand that each child and family is unique, and that their needs are unique.  We strive to ensure our services have the flexibility to be able to meet the individualised needs of each child and their family.

  • Partnership
    We recognise that parents know their child and their child’s needs best, and understand that a child’s opportunities for development and well-being is maximised when supported by their family, friends, and community.  We work together with children and families, as well as with other health, support, education, sporting and recreational services to maximise the health, well-being, and development of children within the Mackay community.

  • Solutions focused
    We strive to always find a way to help all children and families in the Mackay region who will benefit from our support.  If we don’t know something, we will find out for you.  If you child requires another service, we will ensure your child is referred to the right service.  If we are not the right physiotherapy service for your child, we will help you to find someone who is.

  • Leadership
    We pride ourselves on being a leader in and advocate for children’s physiotherapy services within regional Queensland.  We are up to date and informed, innovative and creative, and always trying to improve the lives of children and their families.

Emily Hayles – Physiotherapist & Owner

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) – University of Queensland, 2005
Masters of Physiotherapy (Research) – James Cook University, 2014

Hi! I’m Emily, the owner and principal physiotherapist for Move and Play Paediatric Therapy. I founded Move and Play Paediatric Therapy in 2015 in order to meet a growing need for private paediatric specific physiotherapy services within the Mackay region, while also providing me with flexibility to look after my little girl.

I have worked in the area of paediatric physiotherapy for almost 10 years. I have extensive experience in managing the needs of infants and children with a wide range of conditions, from mild conditions and injuries to complex neurological conditions.  I have worked as a Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist across a number of settings in both Mackay and Brisbane, including hospitals and community health services.

I have a special interest in the treatment of children with developmental delay, movement difficulties, and/or disability, in particular cerebral palsy and brain injuries, and I have undertaken substantial postgraduate education and training in this area. I am a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and National Paediatric Group, and the Australian Bobath Neurodevelopmental Therapy Association.

As well as my clinical experience, I have also completed a Masters of Physiotherapy, through which I researched how parents of children with cerebral palsy experience health care for their child. As a result of this degree, I have published a thesis, a number of research articles on health care service delivery for children with cerebral palsy, and presented my research findings at national and international professional conferences.

Anna Deguara – Senior Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) – University of Queensland, 2012
Post Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Physiotherapy – University of Melbourne, 2015
Commencing Masters of Physiotherapy in 2017 – Monash University

Hello. My name is Anna. I love working and playing with kids and am constantly inspired by them. I also like yoga, hiking and gardening.

I have worked in the paediatric field for 4 years with a wide range of developmental conditions, in Brisbane and more recently in Mackay. I have also completed post graduate studies and courses around Developmental Orthopaedics, Pilates Matwork, Neurodevelopmental Therapy, the ‘Floortime Approach’ of interaction, and taping in children.

I have a special interest in working with children with Vision Impairment and additional difficulties such as developmental delays and cerebral palsy, and have presented at a number of conferences about my experiences in this field. I am also passionate about helping all children to be active, whether or not they have a disability.

My dream is to help every child to realise their self identity through movement and play.

Caitlin Hibbard – Senior Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy – University of Queensland, 2010

Hi, I’m Caitlin and I joined the team at Move and Play Paediatric Theray in April 2017 to further pursue a career in paediatric physiotherapy (my passion!) and provide the flexibility I need to care for my two little boys.

I have worked as a physiotherapist for 6 years and have always had a special interest in working with children.  I have worked with children with a variety of different needs and in a variety of settings – from children with acute injuries to children with chronic conditions and complex needs, and in hospitals as well as in the community.  During my time working in paediatrics I have had the opportunity to work in a senior role and undertake advanced practical training with leading paediatric physiotherapists in Brisbane in the areas of respiratory and neurological rehabilitation.

I have a special interest in working with and providing early intervention for infants who are at risk or have sustained a neurological injury.

Rachael McConochie – Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) – James Cook University, 2017

Awarded the Physiotherapy Research Foundation’s Prize for Academic Excellence in Honours Research, 2017

Hi!  My name is Rachael and I joined the Move and Play Paediatric Therapy team in January 2018.  I graduated with my Physiotherapy degree in December 2017 and found my love for working with children whilst at clinical placement at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane in 2016.

Growing up in Mackay, I decided to return after graduation in order to be closer to my family and also to give back to the community that helped build me as a person.  Before going away to Townsville to pursue my career in Physiotherapy, I participated in sports such as netball, basketball and touch football, however my true passion was Irish Dancing where I competed at state and national levels and also qualified for the world championships numerous times.

I have a special interest in working with children with chronic respiratory conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis and also children who are at risk or have sustained a sporting injury.

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