RNA High Tea Fundraiser Recap

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: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/qld-country-hour/queensland-country-hour/11380244


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.
Retrieved from https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/bush-band-teaches-history-through-dance/3756861/ 

Chris Lines (2019, June 22). Man continues late wife’s charity legacy. Warwick Daily News.
Retrieved from https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/man-continues-late-wifes-charity-legacy/3761010/


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