Connect with aged care occupational therapists online, Australia-wide

Umbo provides occupational therapy for older Australians online, via videolink. It’s an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

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What is Umbo?

18 months. That’s how long some families in Australia — particularly those in regional or rural areas — must wait to receive quality speech and occupational therapy. 

At Umbo, we aim to start you on our clinical intake process within 1 week of receiving your request for therapy.

Our trained therapists deliver highly effective speech and occupational therapy to anywhere in Australia online, via videolink.

Umbo is a social enterprise and a registered NDIS provider. We also cater to private clients and people with Home Care Packages.


How does Umbo work?


Do you need occupational therapy? Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll point you in the right direction.


We’ll discuss your therapy needs, and how we can best help you get connected to occupational therapy online.


Get connected to an occupational therapist online. We aim to do it in under 1 week.


We work around your family’s needs and schedules to deliver the best outcomes. This could involve our therapists delivering short sessions with parents, or being available outside of consultations via phone or text. 

Who can use Umbo?

Older adults and their families
Umbo's experienced aged care occupational therapists can provide support for older adults with disabilities and medical conditions through individualised therapy.
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Home Care Package providers
Umbo can help find a reliable occupational therapist for your home care client. Make a referral and we’ll connect you to the right clinician.
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Residential Aged Care Facilities
Umbo can work with your on-site staff to provide assessments and therapy for older adults living in residential aged care facilities. 
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I heart NDIS

We are a registered NDIS provider and we also cater for private clients and people with Home Care Packages

Meet some of our therapists


Elly Homden
Occupational Therapist

Elly graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Deakin University, Geelong. She grew up and worked in rural Victoria and witnessed the challenges that exist in the delivery of rural healthcare. Therefore, she is passionate about making a difference in this population.


Sooyeon Kim
Occupational Therapist

Sooyeon is an occupational therapist who has worked independently and as a member of multidisciplinary teams mainly with elders, children, young people and their families. She believes we all need co-regulator in our lives and co-regulation happens through relationships. 


Emily Thompson
Occupational Therapist

Emily is an occupational therapist who has worked and trained in various paediatric and adult settings within hospitals, schools, preschools, aged care and home environments including rural community health, acute adolescent mental health and outpatient care.


Carla Minnican
Occupational Therapist

Carla is an occupational therapist who has worked and trained in various adult settings including rural community health, residential aged care, occupational rehabilitation, and in-home environments. Carla has worked in many care roles and has a passion for working with and advocating for people living with intellectual disabilities and dementia.

The Umbo Difference

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person receiving therapy leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic. 

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.


What can occupational therapy help with?

Occupational therapy can help people with activities that they do in their everyday life. This includes helping people who have difficulty with:

  • Getting dressed, washing and going to the toilet
  • Concentrating on a task
  • Moving their body how they want to
  • Using hands, including writing, drawing and cutting
  • Mobilising and travelling safely
  • Planning and carrying out chores or jobs
  • Understanding how to count money and create a budget
  • Understanding how to deal with different sights/sounds/textures
  • Managing emotions in appropriate ways

Unsure what you need?

No problem, just send us an inquiry explaining the difficulties that you/your child/your family member is having and we can let you know whether a speech pathologist, occupational therapist or other kind of professional would be most appropriate. It’s better to ask and get a clear answer!

“Being introduced to Umbo was a lifesaver”

Sarah, Mum, Central West NSW

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