PEDAL Early Intervention is a family-centred educational and allied health service providing care and programs to the families of children 0-12 years of age.
PEDAL services can also facilitate older siblings, Mum’s, Dad’s and Carers. Currently PEDAL offers a raft of therapies:
- Speech Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Specialist Education
- NDIS accredited Trans-Disciplinary Model
- Music, Art and Hydro Therapies
- English Sensory Gym Therapies
- Family Support Worker
- Registered Psychologist
- Psycho-Social Group Courses for Autism and other conditions
- Dietician and Dietary Therapy and Courses
- Parenting Education
Over the last 30 years PEDAL has had various name changes and places of service delivery. From 1976 The New England Diagnostic Centre (NEED) first offered education and allied health until the name changed to Armidale and District Early Intervention Service Incorporated (ADEIS) in 1997. In 2004 the name change to PEDAL was initiated by a little boy whose Mother worked at PEDAL. He announced that ‘if you learn how to PEDAL on a bike... you don’t forget', hence the new name was born under the auspice of Promoting Active Development and Active Learning.
In 2014 PEDAL built permanent premises on the Armidale Community Pre-School Precinct and imported the magnificent resources in the English Sensory Gym. The building has art and music rooms, garden and consulting rooms. PEDAL Staff deliver services to all the community through home visits, schools, pre-schools, parks, libraries and playgrounds.
PEDAL has exceptionally experienced staff in Education and Allied Health with staff holding Masters level qualifications or currently completing Post Graduate Studies. The Non-Government Organisation is run by a Management Committee of eight people who hold highly esteemed positions in the Community.
- Poh Woodland was a UNE Tutor, Armidale’s Bicentennial Coordinator and Council’s Public Relations Officer (1989-2012), retired to be involved in community voluntary work.
- Jane Guilfoyle is the Manager of Communities for the Armidale and Dumaresq Shire Council and an active member of many community events.
- Min Seto brings over a decade of experience working in management positions in the Health and Community Services sector. She is passionate about social justice and working at the strategic level to drive change, all to provide better opportunities for marginalised people to reach their full potential.
- Joanne Guest – President and currently running the Overseas Student area for The Armidale School.
- Dr Omar Al Farooque – Treasurer. Dr Omar is Discipline Head and Senior Lecturer at the University of New England Business School.
- Ken Macdonald – Vice President. Ken is a retired Head Master and his daughter practices Occupational Therapy at PEDAL.
- Marieta Burgess – Secretary. Marieta is a nurse at the Armidale Hospital, a past client’s Mother and co-owns Armidale’s leading engineering and building company Rossbuild.
- Sue Cornish was a top Medical Record Administrator in Sydney before coming to Armidale where she managed an Allied Health Practice in Chiropractic Therapy. Her time these days is spent administering to PEDAL, attending to her six children’s offspring and gardening.
Currently PEDAL has prepared services to meet the new standards on the NDIS. We are currently helping clients prepare dossiers of what they require and to prepared for their planning meetings locally after NDIS comes to the New England and North West between July 31st and September in 2016.
PEDAL has extended service into fee for Service, Medicare Rebate and Independent funding opportunities for services conducted by our recently initiated Allied Health team.