Umbo is a social enterprise that was founded in 2018, when our three co-founders joined together to combat one of Australia’s biggest hidden problems: access to speech and occupational therapy in regional Australia.
Living in the third least-densely populated country in the world, Australians who need therapy can often find themselves travelling far too many kilometers in order to get the help they need. In many instances, this can be impractical for lots of people, who instead will opt to join a lengthy waiting list for a service that is understaffed in their hometowns.
We make it easier for people to see a speech or occupational therapist by connecting those in need with allied health professionals. Through an interactive approach to therapy, we put therapists in your home, with all the tools they need to assess how best to deal with your family’s needs.
That all communities are supported to grow, thrive, and connect.
Via an online methods, allied health professionals provide evidence-based, integrated supports to those in need, particularly those in rural and remote settings. This will be achieved by working with and supporting families to grow skills in their own community, ensuring that families are able to flourish in all circumstances.
Children living in rural and remote areas of Australia have limited access to allied health professionals (speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology). The absence of these services results in an inability to access education, employment and social interactions, leading to poor health and economic outcomes. Early access to these services is key to long-term social and economic inclusion.
Enter Umbo (Uhm-Bo). Umbo is an online allied health service provider. We match a clinician to a family in the bush to deliver therapy online.
We support children to access vital therapy regardless of where they live, whilst also giving therapists the option of working from home -whenever and wherever they like. Families who have NDIS funding are able to use this funding to connect with an Umbo therapist. As a social enterprise, Umbo is committed to reinvesting 50% of its profit back into the company to reach more vulnerable communities.
"If children can't be understood, their needs can't be met…. That affects their confidence, their social skills and prevents them from speaking up when they need help”