Welcome to Inner West Allied Health Centre: Leichhardt and Summer HillInner West Allied Health and Specialist Centre is conveniently located on the corner of bustling Norton Street and City West Link.
We are just 7 minutes from the Sydney CBD and have free under cover parking and elevator access to our rooms.
Inner West Allied Health is an evidence based practice of the highest quality. Over 500 different GP’s and specialists have referred their patients to the clinic in the last 5 years.
Our ServicesThe clinic is broadly based across the following services:
- Anton Sostaric: Physiotherapist for Spinal and Sports Injury Management
- Eleanor Lee- Bognar: Physiotherapist for pre and post natal exercise classes, incontinence, pregnancy back and pelvic pain, post natal back care
- David Murphy: Physiotherapist for sports and work injuries
- Louise Farrell: Physiotherapist for pre natal exercise classes
- Acupuncturist and herbalist for infertility, IVF, obstetric care, children’s health; currently searching for new staff
- Alison Churchill: Psychologist for depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma and grief
- Russell Stokes: Podiatrist for orthotics, foot and nail surgery, diabetic foot care, heel spurs
- Julia Good: Speech Pathologist for speech, language, voice, literacy, accent modification
- Nicole Hatem: Dietitian for weight loss and diabetes
- Libby Newton: Psychologist for occupational rehab, clinical and work injury management
- Dr Ron Bova: Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon
- Desiree Loveridge:Clinical Psychologist for post natal depession, bipolar disorder and generalised anxiety disorder
Anton SostaricMusculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Anton has been practising musculoskeletal treatments since 1994. Anton’s most successful outcomes are for management of spinal pain and overuse injuries. 90% of clients with these problems experience relief of pain in the first session and continue to improve with each session. Most spinal problems improve by 80% within 4-6 sessions.
Anton uses safe and effective manual techniques to mobilise and relieve joint and muscle stiffness and address biomechanical anomalies. Most treatments are for the majority very relaxing.
Much of the success of your treatment is a result of the exercise programs Anton teaches you to practice at home. Anton is a no nonsense practitioner. If you are motivated and want the most reliable and relevant treatment for your problem then Anton is the practitioner for you.
All clients that do not enjoy good results from Anton’s treatments are referred to the best specialists in Sydney.
Anton is also the Managing Partner of Inner West Allied Health Centre and a director of Central Sydney GP Network.
Eleanor Lee- BognarWomen's Health Physiotherapist
Enjoy well being and fitness throughout your pregnancy by using the right choice of exercises. Eleanor also treats pelvic floor and bladder issues, pregnancy back and pelvic conditions, and provides post natal back care.
All you need to do is show up. All equipment provided.
Pre natal Exercise classes are on Tuesday 6.30pm, Thursday 7pm and Saturday morning 9am. Cost is $20 per class and is rebatable through your private health fund on the spot.
Post natal exercises classes are on Tuesday 10am and Saturday 10.30am. Classes are $25 and you can bring your baby.
Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist: currently searching for new staff
Consulting on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Alison Churchill is an experienced registered Psychologist and Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and is registered to provide psychological services under the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative and ATAPS. She has worked with many individuals and couples - from young adults to those later in life - helping them to understand and change their lives.
Alison successfully works with people experiencing difficulties in their relationships, suffering from depression and/or anxiety, struggling to deal with a crisis or trauma, or experiencing grief and loss. She also helps people who may be dealing with issues around sexual orientation, difficulties faced by young families, and concerns around ageing. Other individuals may simply wish to explore possibilities for personal growth.
Alison provides brief and longer-term psychotherapy. For those looking for a brief intervention, she helps clients to identify and harness their own inner resources in addressing their presenting symptoms. In her short-term work she utilizes her psychodynamic experience and understanding of the difficulties people face in their lives and combines this with relevant aspects of other modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy, to help clients effect change.
In her longer-term work her primary orientation is in psychodynamic psychotherapy, where the focus is on looking for the root causes of the issues her clients are facing. Current problems are explored and understood in the context of the client’s personal history. Some clients may already be aware of issues that could be impacting on their lives, such as childhood abuse or neglect, whereas others may be confused when feelings such as depression and anxiety arise without any clear precipitating factors.
Alison sees psychotherapy as a journey through which clients are helped to make sense of their lives and thereby find the freedom to engage in a meaningful and creative life.
Libby Newton has joined the team at IWAHC after 7 years at Altius Group focussing on occupational rehabilitation, clinical and work injury management.
Libby has extensive experience treating patients with psychological or stress-related conditions through their work and assisting their return to the workforce. She has a sound knowledge of the Workers Compensation legislation and is confident in working dynamically in a team of health professionals to achieve a successful outcome for her patients.
Libby has extensive experience in conducting assessments and providing psychological treatment and support in the following areas:
Anxiety, phobias and panic attacks;
Depression and mood difficulties;
Post traumatic stress;
Grief, loss and bereavement;
Self esteem and confidence;
Difficulties coping with chronic pain
Adjustment to disability
Emotional and behavioural problems
Adjustment to life events/changes;
Libby provides both short and longer term therapy using cognitive behavioural therapy and solution-focused treatment.
Libby is available for consultation for workcover, medicare and privately insured patients at short notice and after hours.
Desiree LoveridgeClinical Psychologist
Desiree Loveridge is a warm and friendly Clinical Psychologist, who is passionate about helping people to achieve a meaningful and fulfilling life. She has over 10 years of experience providing therapy for a diverse range of presenting problems. Whatever the presenting issue, she will provide a safe and validating environment to assess your situation thoroughly, help you identify your goals, and tailor therapy to suit your individual needs.
Desiree’s areas of expertise include:
Chronic health problems
Complex presentations, e.g. self-harm
Desiree has a special interest in:
Post natal depression
Generalised anxiety disorder
Desiree is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Her qualifications include a Master of Clinical Psychology (UNSW) and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Psychology (Macquarie University). She also maintains ongoing professional education to ensure that her patients receive the latest and most effective evidence-based interventions.
Desiree is eligible to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health Scheme and is an approved provider under WorkCover and the Motor Accidents Authority. Desiree is also eligible to see patients under Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care Scheme.
Russell has been a podiatrist for the past 15 years. As a competitive runner, Russell takes special interest in Sports and biomechanical podiatry. He offers services for all your foot and ankle needs:
- Diabetic Foot Care
- Nail Surgery
- Sports Injuries
- Running Specialist
- Heel Pain
- EPC/DVA/Health Fund Rebates
Julia GoodSpeech Pathologist
Julia is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist who offers communication screenings for children within Preschools – a convenient way to check your child’s development.
These screening assessments may be provided for peace of mind or to determine if there are areas of development that warrant more comprehensive assessment within our clinic and/or specific treatment.
The following options are available:
- Communication screenings to assess all aspects of communication development (for all ages):
o You may have particular concerns or may just be interested to know how your child is progressing with their speech and language development. This screening program looks at all areas of communication.
- School Readiness screenings for children attending school in 2012:
o Preschool children who have strong foundations in language have a better chance of being accomplished at school. This screening targets areas known to be important foundations for a child's success in the classroom.
Speech Pathologists assess and treat the following:
Articulation, Phonology and Dyspraxia
Difficulty or inability to produce speech sounds, resulting in speech that is difficult to understand.
The understanding of given information as well as following instructions.
The ways in which messages are communicated to others (includes grammar, structure of sentences and vocabulary).
The pre-requisite skills for literacy (reading and writing) development.
Experiencing interruptions to the flow of speech, which may be characterised by repetitions of sounds, syllables, words or prolonging of sounds. Difficulty starting words and ‘blocking’ are also types of stutters.
Speech Pathologists provide strategies to modify voice quality and encourage safe use of the voice.
This involves appropriate use of the rules of language in order to effectively communicate in social situations.
For management and training for Speech, language, voice, literacy, accent modification and presentations.
- More effective Communication
- Improves quality of life and ability to progress at school and in the workplace
- Reduces frustration
- Increases participation in conversation and social situations
- Improves self esteem and personal satisfaction