BUSHkids Annual Report 2020-2021

EarlyStart Team pilot program Introducing some of the EarlyStart team C E O c o n t i n u e d Following an extensive consultation process, the NDIA identified recommendations to reset the implementation of Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services. Some of the recommendations include: • Enhancing Short Term Early Intervention (STEI), which is the early support that is offered whether or not a child is eligible for an NDIS plan; • Implementing a distinct ECEI implementation model, differentiated from the general Scheme, which enables young children to receive the right level and mix of support for the right period of time, through a family centred approach aligned with best practice; • Planning and implementation to be more clearly based on best practice supports; • Further assistance to help young children and families to successfully transition from needing NDIS supports and start the next stage of their life. In anticipation of these changes being adopted, BUSHkids implemented an interim approach to transitioning our service towards the planned reset by instigating a new team as part of our ECEI service. In January 2021, The EarlyStart team was rolled out as a virtual team of Allied Health professionals across the BUSHkids NDIS ECEI service regions. The goal of the EarlyStart team was to ensure that children with identified delays in their development could access high-quality short term early intervention (STEI) in a timely way regardless of where they lived. We wanted to deliver services using a best practice early intervention model and promote this model across our local communities. The EarlyStart team comprises a team leader/physiotherapist, project officer, six speech pathologists, two occupational therapists, two social workers and a consulting psychologist. These team members are located across four BUSHkids ECEI regional centres, with additional teleHealth services being provided from the BUSHkids Brisbane office. Dustie • project officer • Maroochydore “I was really excited to see the EarlyStart team roll out. I wanted to be a part of creating innovative processes and supporting the team to make big changes in the lives of little people. Data nerd alert : the exciting thing for me to see is how service delivery has changed for our families through data collection!” Gillian • occupational therapist • Maroochydore “I enjoy seeing how proud and excited children become as they develop more independence in their daily life and reach their goals. I am particularly interested in making sessions as fun as possible by incorporating play and the child’s own special interests.” Linzi • speech pathologist • Rockhampton “I love working with children and families to achieve goals that are important to them and delivering sessions in a flexible, family-centred way. I am passionate about early language development and speech sound disorders and helping parents to develop skills that allow them to be the therapist at home with their children.” A n n u a l R e p o r t 2 0 2 0–2 0 2 1 15

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