COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

Update Sunday 29th March at 1.15pm:

BUSHkids COVID-19 TIPSheet 2: Supporting children at home during the COVID-19 outbreak

As more community services close or cancel events to try to ‘flatten the curve’ and contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus, we are experiencing unavoidable changes to family life and activities. The information we have collected and presented in this TIPSheet can help support families as children spend more time at home.

This double-sided A4 TIPSheet includes links to resources for parents/carers, as well as links for resources to use with children, including helping understand the need for social distancing, supporting their social-emotional wellbeing, and tips for home learning. The 2-page PDF (538kb) is available for download here or by clicking on the thumbnail image.

Update Tuesday 24th March at 11.45am:

BUSHkids Centres closed to public: all services now by teleHealth or telephone

Per the CEO’s message yesterday (scroll down to read below), all BUSHkids Centres are closed to public access until further notice, with all services to be offered remotely, by telephone or BUSHkids teleHealth video-conferencing. The 1-page A4 PDF notice (75kb) may be downloaded here or by clicking on the thumbnail image.

Please read the BUSHkids teleHealth INFOSheet below, and remember you can find full BUSHkids contact details here

INFOsheet for Parents and Carers on BUSHkids teleHealth services

From Tuesday 24th March 2020, BUSHkids services can be delivered remotely via your desktop or laptop computer, or by tablet or smart phone, using our teleHealth video-conferencing app.

More info on our 1-page A4 INFOSheet #1 and the 124kb PDF is available for download here or by clicking on the thumbnail image.

Update Monday 23rd March at 4.30pm:

Important message from the CEO regarding BUSHkids services

Please read our Chief Executive Officer’s message to families, children and friends regarding changes to BUSHkids’ service delivery operations, effective from Tuesday 24th March 2020: the 1-page A4 PDF (451kb) is available for download here or by clicking on the link or the thumbnail image.

Update Thursday 19th March at 4.45pm:

BUSHkids COVID-19 TIPSheet 1: Supporting children’s understanding of COVID-19

This collection of handy tips, videos, links and reading suggestions has been compiled to assist children and adults who may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious during these uncertain times.

This double-sided A4 TIPSheet includes general tips to support children, recommended resources for parents/carers about talking with children about coronavirus, and resources that can assist in talking with young children of different ages. The 2pp PDF (225kb) is available for download here or by clicking on the thumbnail image.

Updated Thursday 19th March at 11.45am:

Rockhampton – Play Connect playgroups and MyTime support groups cancelled

Following discussions with health experts and educators, we have cancelled the remaining Play Connect playgroups and MyTime support group meetings scheduled in Rockhampton for the final weeks of this school term. Our priority is always the health and safety of our children, their families and our staff. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause families and will continue to provide updates in coming weeks.

Updated Thursday 19th March at 11.30am:

BUSHkids is introducing some graphic ‘badging’ to our COVID-19 coronavirus communications 

The red badge is for NEWS about the coronavirus as it may affect BUSHkids operations and the delivery of our services to you. The orange badge is for TIPS from BUSHkids’ clinical teams about what families can do to support children and each other. Look for them on our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well!


BUSHkids essential info as downloadable A4 posters

Image of BUSHkids COVID-19 general info A4 poster The BUSHkids COVID-19 advice of 16th March shown below on this page is available as an A4 INFO poster PDF (90kb) which you can download here or by clicking on the thumbnail image.
Image of BUSHkids Centres contact info A4 poster And the summary of essential BUSHkids CONTACT details, linked below, is also available as an A4 poster PDF (124kb) which you can download here or by clicking on the thumbnail image.

Updated Monday 16th March at 4:19pm:



BUSHkids Annual Report 2018 – 2019

BUSHkids released its 2019 Annual Report after a successful AGM on Friday evening. Our Chairman Dr Neil J Bartels OAM wrote the following in his annual report address.

“On the eve of our organisation’s 85th anniversary of service to Queensland kids and families and their communities, it is gratifying to see our BUSHkids teams continuuing to expand the reach, breadth and depth of our high-quality services across the State…”


Continue reading Dr Neil’s address in our flipbook edition of our 2019 annual report here.

You can also download your own copy of our annual report here.


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.


To request full resolution versions of any of the gallery images, please email

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.