BUSHkids Annual Report 2020-2021

Service streams and funders BUSHkids provides services from more than 30 locations across Queensland and we are grateful for the support of federal and state governments in providing funding to help enable our vital work. In addition to funding received, BUSHkids self-funds programs and relies on our donors and fundraising contributions to support service delivery. CAHS Children’s Allied Health Services are delivered in Bundaberg < Dalby < Emerald < Mt Isa < Warwick < CPSS Children and Parenting Support Services are delivered in Agnes Water < Inglewood < Kingaroy < Stanthorpe < NDIS / ECEI BUSHkids is a Partner in the Community with the National Disability Insurance Scheme and delivers Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in Bundaberg < Emerald < Gladstone < Gympie < Hervey Bay < Kingaroy < Rockhampton < Sunshine Coast < eKindy ekindy pods are provided by BUSHkids across a range of rural and remote locations. Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services As a Partner in the Community, BUSHkids supports children and families through short term early intervention, community engagement, community capacity-building and planning. Our ECEI teams have received a 29% increase in referrals, with many children receiving short term support from our Allied Health staff or transitioning into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as participants. In November 2020 the NDIA released two public consultation papers that introduced the ‘ECEI Implementation Reset’ project: • ‘Supporting young children and their families early, to reach their full potential’ • ‘Report on ECEI Implementation Reset’ The ECEI reset aims to deliver improvements to the Early Intervention sector by aligning recommendations and proposed changes with current best practice approaches in this space. BUSHkids submitted a response to these recommendations which largely align with BUSHkids’ core values and practice approach. BUSHkids has used the ECEI reset recommendations to consider a flexible and creative approach to improving our service, while keeping quality outcomes for families central. One of the biggest transitions we made was to implement our transdisciplinary EarlyStart team in January 2021 as an interim step in moving our practice toward the recommendations in the ECEI reset. Early in 2021, BUSHkids participated in the ECEI Independent Assessment trial. This involved utilising the skills and time of the newly-formed EarlyStart team. Throughout the process, BUSHkids recorded and compiled comprehensive feedback to the agency. This year, BUSHkids Early Intervention Facilitators completed 3,000 plans for young children, built families’ capacity to support their children’s development, and monitored and supported the implementation of these plans. BUSHkids continues to work in close partnership with the NDIA to contribute to the success of the scheme and to improve supports for young children. C E O c o n t i n u e d BUSHkids continues to feed back to NDIS how the thin markets in many regional areas are impacting the utilisation of NDIS plans and we continue to help families look at all options for accessing services, including the families accessing telehealth services from service providers if there are no or limited services in their regions. A n n u a l R e p o r t 2 0 2 0–2 0 2 1 8

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