Royal Queensland Show raises over $40,000 for BUSHkids

Bringing telehealth to BUSHkids

UQ Research Profile 2019

BUSHkids would like to thank the University of Queensland for inviting us to attend the official launch of the Business, Economic & Law Research Profile 2019 and for choosing to feature the teleHealth research project undertaken at BUSHkids by PhD Student Jessica Campbell in the research profile.

If you would like to read more about the research project, please follow the below link to an article written by Alysha Hilevuo.

UQ – Bringing telehealth to BUSHkids

BUSHkids officially opens its new Service Centre in Kingaroy

BUSHkids officially opened its new Service Centre in Kingaroy on Monday.

Our new Service Centre will make it easier for us to work with children and families needing more intensive supports, with private space for therapy and family meetings.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the official opening, to Mayor Keith Campbell for attending, to David Littleproud MP, Member for Maranoa, for stopping by beforehand to show support and a special thanks to Deb Frecklington MP, Member of Nanango for coming along and helping us cut the cake with the kids! Thank you all for your support!

Kingaroy Launch Day

News Articles:
INSIDE LOOK: New BUSHkids centre equips kids for best start by Jessica McGrath for the South Burnett Times. Article also available on their website by clicking here (news subscription required).

Free support services for families coming to South Burnett by Jessica McGrath for the South Burnett Times. Article also available on their website by clicking here.


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Mount Isa DATSIP Family Funday

Sharon along with local volunteers, Paris and Janet Penfold, recently attended the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) Family Funday at Minnie Davis Park, Mount Isa.

They took along with them Who Sank the Boat? books to giveaway along with two children’s activities, one an arts and craft activity where the kids were able to make their own mouse, cow or pig nose and the other a water activity for the kids to make and sail their own boat.

Mount Isa DATSIP Family Funday 2019

From Sharon:

This is such an important event for our community as it set in a park that is accessed by our most vulnerable families,

in Mount Isa we have many indigenous families and this gives us an opportunity to connect and engage with the most vulnerable,

so if they ever need our services in the future they already have an idea of who we are and what we do and how we might be able to assist them or people they know.

DATSIP had a survey/competition going for all families who entered the park; the families had to go and yarn to many services attending and ask us “who we are?” and

“what do we do?” and write this down in a thought bubble on the survey; this opened wonderful opportunities for myself and our volunteers to talk to people about our service.

Today was a great success.

Maroochydore Pop Up Playgroup Recap

Pop up playgroup fun.

We had a great turn out for our pop-up playgroup in Maroochydore yesterday.

The playgroup held in Cotton tree park was part of our celebrations of Disability Action Week on the Sunshine Coast. Thanks to all the families who joined us, the kids had a great time!

Photos from the Maroochydore Pop Up Playgroup - Cotton Tree Park

Warwick Dinner & Golf Day Recap

Warwick FoBk team and our Warwick staff ensured the Annual Dinner and Golf Day were a great success.
Over 50 people attended the dinner and over 80 players participated in the Golf Day.

Wonderful entertainment by East Street Singers, and some great auctioneering by Stuart Wade. Mayor Tracey Dobie was brilliant with her poetry.

Some great photos were taken of the evening and at the Golf Day.
We experienced some wonderful community spirit. There was a lot of appreciation for the work BUSHkids teams do in the community.

Thank you to all who travelled and brought their family members to join us for the weekend.

Warwick Dinner & Golf Day 2019 Gallery

RNA High Tea Fundraiser Recap

BUSHkids was the chosen charity for this year’s RNA High Tea Charity Fundraiser. The High Tea Fundraiser is in its fifth year and as a forerunner to the Ekka is one of Brisbane’s most popular “Meet and Greet” events between city and country ladies.  The high tea was emceed by Landline’s Pip Courtney and was an elegant social event, including a preview of the Ekka fashion parades.

Funds raised on the day will be used to create a loan library of in home telehealth kits. This approach has been trialled with children living near Tambo, Tieri and Birdsville with Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Speech Pathology. Without access to needed therapy supports, country kids can fall behind their metropolitan peers.

Funds raised from this event will support BUSHkids to help more geographically isolated children.

BUSHkids RNA 2019

BUSHkids’ Susan Harrison was also featured on ABC Radio QLD’s Country Hour. Click the play button below to listen.


The full recording is also available from ABC’s website here:


Emerald Golf Day 2019 Event Recap

Thank you to Friends of BUSHkids, all of the generous Sponsors from the Central Highlands community and the Golfers for another successful golf day in Emerald.

The event was well supported by the local community and raised valuable funds for our Emerald BUSHkids service. This year’s event raised over $25,000 and will be utilised to help more children from the Central Highlands region.

We had 22 teams competing and the winning team was Matt Youd, Noah Youd and Adam.

Please find a gallery with photo’s and a video from the day below.

Emerald Golf Day 2019


There was also a live performance from Kalesti Butler and Rocker John.


Mount Isa Sensory Garden Official Opening

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow

BUSHkids’ Mount Isa officially opened their Sensory Garden on Wednesday! The Sensory Garden Project started in 2018 when the Mount Isa team discussed ongoing concerns from their families about the busy highway that runs at the front of the Centre building. The official Garden Opening, was organised as an opportunity to bring everyone together who had contributed and invested in making the project happen, and to show our appreciation.

A plaque was made with the inscription “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” along with all of our wonderful supporters names proudly engraved:

  • Mount Isa City Council – for providing the opportunity to apply for the Community Grant
  • Caitlynd Gardner – our Rodeo Queen Quest entrant – every cent raised has gone into the garden
  • Duchess 51 Lodge – a hard working organisation who have generously supported us for many years
  • Bunnings Mount Isa – for donating health vibrant and child friendly plants, and garden items
  • Allen & Sons Builders – supported our vision and added ideas to make it even better
  • Haymans Electrical – supporting us with fundraising at their local charity golf day
  • Border Ride – annual event donation where the Mount Isa team man a water and rest station
  • Volunteers – we couldn’t achieve anything without the continued enthusiasm and support

We received wonderful feedback for our Sensory Garden and it simply reminds us that it’s not just gardens that start from planting a seed, we hope that our story is just the beginning for many others.

To read the full Mount Isa Sensory Garden Story, please click here.

Images taken on the day

Mount Isa Sensory Garden

Listen to BUSHkids’ own Sharon Tindale discuss the garden in an interview with the ABC.


You can also take a quick video tour of the new sensory garden and outdoor therapy area in the video below.


Warwick BUSHdance 2019 Recap

It was a great day in Warwick for our annual BUSHdance fundraiser with the fantastic Band o’ Coots Bush Band.

Please find photo’s from the day and related media articles below. Click the pictures to enlarge.

Warwick BUSHdance 2019

Media Articles:
Chris Lines (2019, June 18). Bush band teaches history through danceWarwick Daily News.
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Chris Lines (2019, June 22). Man continues late wife’s charity legacy. Warwick Daily News.
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