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 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

Golf day teeing up support for regional kids (CQNews)

GET ready for a great day of golf this weekend at the Emerald Golf Club and help raise valuable funds for a good cause.

The annual Charity Golf Day raises funds for the local BUSHkids service centre, assisting them to offer the best possible service to families residing in the Central Highlands.

BUSHkids chief executive officer Carlton Meyn said he was looking forward to a great day of golf while raising valuable funds to be spent directly in the region.

“Last year’s event was one of the club’s most successful events held and we want to improve on this,” he said.

“It will be good to see new faces playing golf and really enjoying themselves.”

“We have a nearest-to-pin hole on the 15th where players are encouraged to back their ability. We also have a hole-in-one prize on the 17th, which is a car valued at $30,000.”…

To read more, please visit the CQNews article written by Aden Stokes from CQNews here: https://www.cqnews.com.au/news/golf-day-teeing-up-support-for-regional-kids/3482007/ 

BUSHkids officially launches three new NDIS ECEI Service Centres

BUSHkids officially opened three of its new NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Service Centres in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald.

Please scroll down for links to published news articles, complete image galleries, video recordings of 7 News CQ and WIN News CQ coverage of the events and audio recordings featured on ABC Radio.

Published News Articles:
Launching better future for our kids, by Sean Fox. Accessible at https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/launching-better-futures-for-our-kids/3476270/

New disability scheme for kids changes mum’s life, by Hannah Sbeghen. Accessible at https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/new-disability-scheme-for-kids-changes-gladstone-m/3477677/

Emerald early intervention support to help kids thrive, by Kristen Booth. Accessible at https://www.cqnews.com.au/news/emerald-early-intervention-support-to-help-kids-th/3471141/

7News Central Queensland Video:
Reporting by Brittany Hancock.

WIN News Central Queensland Video:
Reporting by Sophie Lester.


Launch Day Galleries:


Gladstone Launch Day


Rockhampton Launch Day


Emerald Launch Day

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

ABC Radio Interviews:
Listen to the full radio interviews featured on ABC Radio using the audio player’s below


Launching better futures for our kids

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.

To read the full article written by Sean Fox from The Morning Bulletin, please click here

Emerald Early Intervention Support to help kids thrive

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.

BUSHkids Celebrates NAIDOC Week

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.

You can find more information about NAIDOC Week in Mount Isa as well as another picture featuring staff from the BUSHkids Mount Isa Centre the North West Star’s article here https://www.northweststar.com.au/story/5515135/family-fun-day-naidoc-celebrations/

For more BUSHkids images, visit the BUSHkids Facebook page which made the following post:

BUSHkids Announced as the NDIS ECEI Partner in Maroochydore and Hervey Bay

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. 

For more information, see our official media release here: https://www.bushkids.org.au/wp-content/…/BUSHkids-Announcement-Media-Release-20180606.pdf 

If you are interested in joining the team in either of these regions, visit our recruitment page here: https://www.bushkids.org.au/professionals/join-our-team/

For an official statement from the Ministers for Social Security, see the media release here: https://ministers.dss.gov.au/media-releases/3166


NAIDOC Week celebrated at Wallangarra State School

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.

BUSHkids hits Gladstone: Free services for kids now available

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.


View the full article written by Sarah Steger from The Observer here

Picture: Mike Richards GLA260218BUSH