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Local businesswomen Joanna Murray and Cassandra Chiesa formerly of Access Therapy Services and Helping Hands have come together to officially open as Apricus Health this month.

The well-established clinics, both household names, have joined forces to bolster Allied Health Services in North Queensland.

‘The merger of our two businesses is a natural evolution that’s been happening behind the scenes for 10 years.We are the same dedicated team and are now better able to service the whole you.’ said Joanna.

The practices now offer therapy across paediatrics, disability, rehabilitation, hand therapy, aged support and mental health. This is great news for families, as the partnership has increased their capacity to deliver services across all ages. Think of them as a one-stop-shop that can provide a custom splint for your daughter’s soccer injury and an in-home assessment for an elderly parent.

‘Apricus Health is also a registered provider under the NDIS with our therapists supporting NDIS participants since the rollout in Townsville in 2016.’ said Cassandra.

Local businesswomen Joanna Murray and Cassandra Chiesa

How Apricus Health can help you Paediatrics

Sometimes children experience difficulty managing or participating in everyday activities such as writing, getting dressed, school, sport, playing or socialising with peers, and need additional support. Our paediatric service is available for children and young adults aged between 0 –18 years of age. We work with young people and their parents directly, as well as teachers, early educators, other allied health professionals and specialists.


We work with children, youth and adults with a variety of disabilities, both physical and cognitive, to help them do what they want and need to do each day. The ability to manage daily activities has a positive impact on an individual’s wellbeing and our role is to help children and adults find their strengths.

Aged Support

Our aged support service is available for anyone over the age of 65, who is experiencing difficulties with tasks in their home, accessing the community or participating in activities they enjoy. We work with people directly, as well as their carers, and family members.

Hand Therapy

Our dynamic therapy team of occupational therapists and physiotherapists are here to help you at every stage of your recovery and get you back to doing the things you love. Whether you’ve fallen and broken your wrist, worked a little bit too hard on the computer, popped your finger while catching a cricket ball or simply finding your fingers don’t move quite the way they use to, we’re here to help.

Mental Health

At Apricus Health we offer Mental Health services for all age groups including children, youth, young adults, adults and seniors. We provide services to clients through NDIS or private funding and services are tailored to suit the individual’s needs and goals and incorporates one-on-one support.


We understand that living with painful conditions such as injury or chronic illness has an immense impact on your quality of life, your sense of wellbeing, motivation, and both your physical and mental health. Which is why we invest in innovative therapy solutions, such as red light therapy and InterX therapy, to enhance the treatment outcomes for all our patients.

Apricus Health now has five locations across Townsville, Ingham and Ayr. Clients can also enjoy the flexibility to access services and support in their home, school, and via extensive outreach programs.

With no referral necessary you can book an initial assessment at or call 07 4755 2337.

 Apricus Health