BUSHkids ICPA interview on ABC radio

BUSHkids ICPA interview on ABC radio

Last week, BUSHkids’ Clinical Services Manager, Susan Harrison, joined leading educators and mental wellness experts as part of an expert panel at the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Queensland (ICPA) conference in Charters Towers.

After the session, Susan was interviewed by ABC Rural’s Charlie Mckillop. You can listen to the full interview which was broadcast on ABC radio last week here: (Click the Play button below to start).

BUSHkids officially launches three new NDIS ECEI Service Centres in Maroochydore, Hervey Bay & Gympie

BUSHkids officially opened three new NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Service Centres in Maroochydore, Hervey Bay and Gympie.

Please scroll down for links to published news articles, image galleries and video recordings of the coverage.

Published News Articles:

BUSHkids’ doors officially open at Gympie venue – written by Philippe Coquerand for The Gympie Times. Article also available on their website by clicking here (news subscription required).

BUSHkids launches NDIS Early Intervention service in Gympie – written by Philippe Coquerand for The Gympie Times. Article also available on their website by clicking here (news subscription required).

Child service returns to its roots on the Fraser Coast – written by Blake Antrobus for the Fraser Coast Chronicle. Article also available on their website by clicking here (news subscription required).

7News Sunshine Coast Video:

Reporting by Danielle DePinto

Alternatively, a backup of the above video is available by clicking here.

7News Wide Bay Video:

Reporting by Ashleigh Dwan

Alternatively, a backup of the above video is available by clicking here.

Launch Day Galleries:

Maroochydore Launch Day


Gympie Launch Day


Hervey Bay Launch Day

To request full resolution images, please e-mail info@bushkids.org.au.

Giving kids in the bush a chance

BUSHKIDS might have a new location but the aim of the organisation remains the same.

Stanthorpe has been identified as a community with limited services available for families and children which is why it’s a target for the children’s health scheme.

Bushkids CEO Carlton Meyn said the Stanthorpe community had many geographically isolated families, many with additional barriers to service access…


You can read the full article on the Stanthorpe Posts’s website by here: https://www.stanthorpeborderpost.com.au/news/giving-kids-in-the-bush-a-chance/3623980/

Pictured: Stanthorpe’s Early Intervention Facilitators – Joanne McKinnon and Adela Caruso
Picture provided by: Liana Walker

BUSHkids Updated Constitution and Annual Report Released!


The revised constitution will help us to better support families in regional and rural areas of Queensland.

BUSHkids’ constitution is the set of principles and rules we follow in the provision of all our services such as the age of the children we support and how we go about providing services to families.  We have received the tremendous pro bono support and expertise of Clayton Utz, and BUSHkids is very grateful for the time and attention which has been so generously given to us over the past two years.

To view our updated constitution, please click either of the below links:


Annual Report

The Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme annual report is published each year on December 6, the anniversary of the organisation’s creation in 1935.  The annual report details all our operations over the previous year, the services we have provided, how many children and families we have supported and BUSHkids’ financial position.  It also outlines what BUSHkids is planning to do in the coming year to provide support to children and families in rural and regional Queensland.

To read the organisation’s 2017-2018 Annual Report, please click either of the below links:


Celebrating 80 Years on the Capricorn Coast Event Recap

On Sunday September 16 we celebrated 80 years of providing free healthcare to disadvantaged kids across Central Queensland with an event at Emu Park’s historic QCWA Hall, marking the anniversary of the opening of the Emu Park children’s home in 1938, and our return to the area with the provision of NDIS early childhood ECEI services.

BUSHkids were overwhelmed by the community’s response to the celebration with a fantastic turnout of one-time bush children, staff who worked at the Emu Park Home, and community leaders who supported the organisation’s operations in Central Queensland.

Most touching were the stories told by the people who attended, with one ex-bush kid describing her stay at the Emu Park home as the best experience of her life!

Our thanks go to the QCWA, who were invaluable supporters of the Bush Children’s Health Scheme then, as they are now of BUSHkids. Thanks also to Kay and Charlie Wilson for organising the event and to State MP for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, who spoke of the importance of our services and welcomed BUSHkids back to her community with the NDIS.

Here is a gallery from the day – you can click on the images below to view full photos.

Celebrating 80 Years on the Capricorn Coast Gallery

Warwick Golf Day and Dinner Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our golf day in Warwick on Sunday.

Special thanks to Friends of BUSHkids Warwick who organised the successful event.

Here are two galleries of photo’s from the day.

Warwick Golf Day Photos
Warwick Golf Dinner Photos

CQ youngster goes from strength to strength (The Morning Bulletin)

SANDRA Northfield has watched her autistic son reach developmental milestones since he joined BUSHKids in March.

When her son Cooper, now five years old, was a toddler, the Rockhampton woman discovered he had developmental delays.

They included not being able to talk or make eye contact.

“Cooper was very late to start talking so there were a few milestones he hadn’t quite met,” Mrs Northfield said.

“He was very hard to settle.

“We sought some advice and we ended up getting an autism diagnosis for him.”

Before his diagnosis, Cooper had been given early intervention from the age of 18 months.

Mrs Northfield signed her son up to BUSHKids in Rockhampton in March when they arranged an NDIS plan for him.

It was a decision that dramatically improved Cooper’s well-being…


Read the full article written by Sean Fox on The Morning Bulletin’s website here: https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/cq-youngster-goes-from-strength-to-strength/3492704/

Please also find the article available  for download in PDF (4MB) here: Coopers_step_forward_by_Sean_Fox




Emerald Golf Day Recap

Thanks to everyone who supported our golf day in Emerald on Saturday.

At first count we raised a whopping $21,000 which will go toward supporting our Emerald Service Centre.

As always we had wonderful support from the Central Highlands’ community, with 30 teams taking part on the day and incredible support from local businesses including Emerald Golf Club, Mitre 10, Enwise electrical, Central Highlands Toyota and Westpac.

Sadly no one got a hole-in-one on the 17th to win the car, but some competitors came very close to the pin. Better luck next year!

Special thanks go to Charlie Wilson and the Friends of BUSHkids (FoBK) team in Emerald for organising the event and giving their time to make the day such a success.

Please see below for a gallery of images from the day.

Emerald Golf Day