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’ Susan Harrison was also featured on ABC Radio QLD’s Country Hour. Click the play button below to listen.
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.
BUSHkids’ Rockhampton centre in Bolsover St will today launch its National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) early childhood services for young children in the region who need assistance to reach their full potential in life.
The Early Childhood Early Intervention(ECEI)program, an extension of the organisation’s existing services will be opened at 1.30pm.
Children aged between zero and six years old who have a disability or developmental delay will be given access to support and services tailored for them to achieve the best long-term outcomes.
SUPPORT for children’s health and wellbeing officially lands in Emerald later this month.
BUSHkids will launch its NDIS early childhood services across Central Queensland with the official opening of its Early Childhood Early Intervention service centre in Emerald.
The Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme – BUSHkids – is a not-for-profit organisation that has been supporting the health and wellbeing of children and families in Queensland’s regional, rural and remote communities for more than 80 years.
Early Childhood Early Intervention is a new program fully funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme and is designed to help children aged zero to six years with a disability or developmental delay to access the support and services they need to achieve better long-term outcomes.
BUSHkids chief executive officer Carlton Meyn said through the program the organisation was hoping to help more local children through its new team of early childhood professionals.
“The Early Childhood Early Intervention services will benefit the community to support children with developmental delay, and it’s a service that was really required,” he said…
To read more, please visit the CQNews article written by Kristen Booth from CQNews here.
Last week we celebrated NAIDOC week across our service centres.
The team took part in Tuesday’s Mega Play Group in Minnie Davis Park, and on Friday joined the Mount Isa community breakfast and march through the city, followed by the NAIDOC week Family Fun Day. The team organised a number of fun activities for the kids, including a ‘Who sank the boat?’ experiment and a community billabong artwork project.
BUSHkids will extend its NDIS ECEI services across Wide Bay-Burnett and the Sunshine Coast.
We are delighted to announce that as part of the NDIS rollout in Queensland, BUSHkids has been awarded the contract to provide NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in Hervey Bay, Maryborough, the Sunshine Coast and Gympie. This builds on our existing ECEI services which we provide across Central Queensland and in the Bundaberg region.
BUSHkids has already begun plans to expand its ECEI services with the NDIS due to rollout across Wide Bay and Maryborough from 1 July 2018 and the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie from 1 January 2019.
BUSHkids’ own Joanne McKinnon received praise today in the Tenterfield Star, article below.
This year the theme for NAIDOC Week is Because of Her We Can, and on Monday Wallangarra State School had a very successful day with many visitors to the school working in rotations with all the children.
They participated in literacy and fine motor activities, indigenous sports, badge making, face painting, art and craft on women, flags and didgeridoos.
The school expressed its appreciation to all the wonderful presenters who travelled and gave of their time for the students, and also donated books, thongs, balls, keyrings and more…
To read the full article on the Tenterfield Star’s website, click here.
A NEW early intervention service is helping children with disability in Gladstone access the vital support they need to reach their full potential.
BUSHkids supports the health and wellbeing of children and families in regional Queensland and recently opened a Gladstone office.
The not-for-profit organisation takes a holistic approach in improving the health and wellbeing of babies and children aged up to six years – along with their families and carers, and works to enrich the lives of children living with disability.
CEO Carlton Meyn said the organisation’s expansion and the opening of the BUSHkids office in Gladstone has allowed Gladstone Region residents to access a range of specialist services.
These include occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, psychologists and early intervention facilitators – can make all the difference to improving the lives of children with disability.
“Since BUSHkids first opened the doors of its office in January, it has already supported more than 60 local families,” Mr Meyn said.
“The NDIS approach to early childhood intervention means children can have better access to support that’s best tailored to their needs.
“BUSHkids is a great example of how the NDIS is making it easier for families and carers to access local support services for their children with disability.