Children to benefit from new KPF Centre

August 21, 2017 by  

The establishment of the proposed Kids Plus Foundation National Centre for Therapy, Research and Training in Geelong (KPF Centre) is a step closer with the announcement of $1.47m in funding by the Federal Government.

The $2.97m project, being funded as part of the Building Better Regions Fund, is earmarked to be a purpose-built venue that will enable specialist therapy services to be provided to 250 children along with their families in Geelong, and across South West Victoria’s Greater Barwon region.

Local MP Sarah Henderson said the new centre will serve the children with physical therapy programmes, including occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

She said the facility will also provide training, mentoring, tuition, research partnerships and professional secondments, as well as expertise in special programmes aimed at children affected by cerebral palsy, which is the most frequently found childhood physical disability.

A graphic design of the KPF Centre also reveals teaching, meeting and therapy rooms, as well as employee workspaces. Henderson explained that the project should lead to an employment boost thanks to the creation of 25 new positions.

The project has been aided with contributions by the Kids Plus Foundation, Geelong Christian Spiritual Church, Give Where You Live Foundation and the Anthony Costa Foundation.

Henderson congratulated Kids Plus Chief Executive Shaun Cannon for the work undertaken to see the proposal reach fruition.