BUSHkids Annual Report 2020-2021

Looking forward: 2022 and beyond We look forward to another year of BUSHkids serving Queensland families and communities, as we support children to reach their potential. We will continue to have a very strong on-the-ground presence in the communities we serve, with a solid footprint in regional and rural locations. We will continue to build our teleHealth capacity. We are very excited that, with the assistance of the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, BUSHkids has commenced work to establish a dedicated centre for the provision of teleHealth services from our Toowong site to complement the work undertaken by our teams based across Queensland. We will continue to build strong collaborative partnerships with communities, government and non-government organisations and universities to contribute to better outcomes for children and we will enhance our partnership with The University of Queensland to collaborate on research into the needs of rural communities and impact of our services. We will also partner on workforce development – in particular simulated learning for clinical incidents. BUSHkids is committed to working with students, providing placements and developing a new generation of Allied Health professionals. We have listened to regional, rural and remote communities across Queensland, and we are aware that there are very high levels of unmet need for children who are experiencing social and emotional distress and/or developmental concerns. We will work with and champion these communities to ensure that services and support are available for these children to achieve their potential through the BUSHkids Bounce – Raising Strong Kids approach. Gratitude I am proud to be part of a significant Queensland organisation which continues to have an enormously positive impact on the lives and futures of children, families and communities across this great state. I would like to express my sincere thanks to our volunteers, our Friends of BUSHkids, our BUSHkids Council members, our clinical leadership team and business support staff, our contractors and our dedicated frontline staff. It is through our combined efforts that we are working towards achieving our vision that all Queensland children achieve their potential regardless of where they live. I also express sincere thanks to our donors, funders, supporters and community partners who enable us to make such a difference in children’s lives. In closing this annual review, I echo the sentiments of our Council Chair, Dr Neil Bartels, in expressing gratitude for the ongoing patronage for the ongoing Patronage of and interest in BUSHkids’ continuing work by the person occupying the office of Governor of Queensland, an unbreakable connection spanning 12 Governors since our founding in December 1935. A special thank-you to former Governor Paul de Jersey ac and Mrs Kaye de Jersey for their support of our work, and a warm welcome to Queensland’s 27th Governor Dr Jeanette Young psm and Professor Graeme Nimmo rfd with our thanks for your renewed Patronage and early visit to our Rockhampton Centre. Carlton Meyn Chief Executive Officer C E O c o n c l u s i o n A n n u a l R e p o r t 2 0 2 0–2 0 2 1 24

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