Why we’re making our online training free

By Weh Yeoh In 2018, when we started Umbo, we were concerned about the long wait times that families in Australia – particularly those in regional or rural areas – experienced to access quality speech and occupational therapy. Having worked in countries like Cambodia, China, Vietnam and India, I couldn’t believe that in my own country of Australia, access to …

Free Online Therapy Training Course

At Umbo we provide a free online training course for allied health professionals who want to learn the latest evidence-based practices for delivering therapy online. Online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. To get the best clinical outcomes, it’s crucial to be confident and proficient in providing an individualised approach to each …

The End of Jobkeeper: What This Means for Your Practice

Almost a year on from the start of the pandemic, we’re looking back at the support that the government has given to NDIS providers.  Whilst the whole sector should be thankful for the support that has been given, there are some worrying statistics to come out of the last 12 months that suggest that some support is still needed. NDS’s …

How Person-Centred Online Therapy Works

What do you think when somebody mentions telehealth, digital practice or online therapy? Many families, service providers and clinicians are hesitant about what it involves, what the difference is, and if it really works. In fact, many people use the terms interchangeably.  At Umbo, we like to talk about online therapy or digital practice, because we believe that it leaves behind any baggage attached to traditional telepractice and practical …

5 Benefits of Online Therapy

Many people have been introduced to online therapy in the last few months. It almost feels like a new phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Telehealth, as it’s sometimes called, has actually been around for a long time. Many practitioners can claim to have been practicing online therapy for over a decade! Here are some reasons why they’ve …

Is online therapy effective?

A growing body of evidence shows that even for traditionally hands-on services such as physiotherapy, the online delivery of these services can be as effective as face-to-face. Depending on the issue, patients can get the same results from online services as being with a clinician in person, with a number of added benefits such as reduced risk of infection, convenience, …

“Is Umbo a charity?” “No, it’s not. And here’s why…”

We’ve all been there. You’re at a barbecue or a dinner party. You know the host, but not many of the other guests. And then, as inevitable as the going down of the sun, the question arises. “So, what do you do?” For me, answering this question comes with trepidation, not because I’m ashamed of what I do (quite the …

5 reasons why Umbo is a social enterprise

When the three co-founders set up Umbo, we started with a problem in mind – the lack of allied health services in rural communities. We identified that there was a gap in these areas due to market failure. As such, setting up a traditional company seemed illogical. Market failure existed because with limited demand (ie, less people), there was less …