BUSHkids Chairman awarded OAM

We are delighted that our Chairman, Dr Neil Bartels, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List for his service to medicine in rural and regional areas.

BUSHkids’ Chairman Dr Neil Bartels and his wife Annette.

Neil and his family have dedicated much of their life to supporting the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged children and families in rural, remote and regional Queensland. Neil’s father, Reg Bartels―also a recipient of an OAM―was actively involved with the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme for over 25 years and was the organisation’s Chairman from 1973 to 1991. Neil took over as Chairman in 2007 and has been instrumental in BUSHkids’ growth and development since then.

Neil runs a busy medical practice on the Gold Coast where he lives with his wife Annette and where they have raised their five children, but still devotes much of his free time to BUSHkids.

Dr Bartels’ father, Reg Bartels―also a recipient of an OAM―was a major influence in his life. Reg Bartels was actively involved with the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme for over 25 years and was the organisation’s Chairman from 1973 to 1991.

“This is a tremendous honour not only for me, but for my wife Annette and my family,” said Neil. “It also reflects the work of a dedicated team of great Queenslanders and the many people who have gone before us and laid solid foundations.”

“When I was a medical student, my father would come home from Bush Children’s Council meetings and we would talk. He taught me about the organisation, its aims, changes and challenges. That, I believe, is what gave me focus in my endeavour to give back to rural and remote communities.”

Neil has first-hand experience of the health needs of rural Queensland, having worked for five years in the small Central Queensland town of Dysart. “As a medical practitioner I saw for myself the needs and challenges facing families and children in the bush,” said Neil. “There is still a great need for accessible and affordable health and education services in rural and remote parts of Queensland. When I returned to live in the city I felt it was my obligation to give something back to the community”.

All of us at BUSHkids are delighted that Neil and his family have been recognised for all the time and effort they have dedicated to supporting children and families throughout rural, remote and regional Queensland and congratulate Neil on receiving this well-deserved honour.

Read the full press release about Dr Bartels being awarded the OAM.

Listen to the full radio interview on ABC’s Queensland Country hour below.

New opportunities for CQ children as Bushkids office opens

CQ CHILDREN with disabilities are set to benefit from a new Bushkids team in Rockhampton.

They can now be given access to more support services after a new office opened on New Year’s Day on Bolsover St.

Babies as young as zero to children aged six will benefit from the Bushkids program.

Their 10 Rockhampton staff offer early intervention for children with developmental delay or disability, which had not been consistently available across the region.

Susan Harrison, Bushkids’ clinical services manager said the organisation had a contract to provide these services to families on behalf of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

She said the NDIS provides an opportunity for parents to discuss concerns about their child’s development with a team member who would be able to provide them with advice.

These services extend from Rockhampton to Gladstone, Emerald and Biloela areas.

To read more please visit The Morning Bulletin’s article written by Sean Fox of The Morning Bulletin here

BUSHkids launches new website

ROYAL Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme – BUSHkids yesterday launched a new website as part of their 81st Annual General Meeting.

Smart Multimedia developed the website while Masthead Creative designed and produced a report for the organisation’s Annual General Meeting.

It said in the report that BUSHkids’ Early Start Team established NDIS services in the Rockhampton region as of November.

Read the whole article written by Sean Fox here

Hole-in-one for worthy charity

ROUND up your mates and join the community in putting for a good cause at the Emerald Golf Club later today.

Players will join in a day of fun and competition on the green to help raise funds and awareness for BUSHkids, a not for profit organisation providing primary health care to children and their families in rural Queensland communities.

Read the CQNews article written by Kristen Booth here

NDIS programs for young kids to roll out in CQ this year

It’S a not-for-profit organisation that has a history with Central Queensland dating back to the 1930s and later this year, it will be offering extra services to the region’s bush kids.

BUSHkids, which is part of the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme, has been chose to deliver Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services to Rockhampton and Central Queensland under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

From November, BUSHkids will start providing ECEI services to children living around Rockhampton, Gladstone, Biloela, Emerald and the Central Highlands…

To read more please visit The Morning Bulletin’s article written by Kerri-Anne Mesner.  The article can be found here.

$23m NDIS funding

BUSHKIDS and Carers Queensland will share in more than $23 million in funding to deliver vital services to families across the electorate of Flynn as part of the roll-out of the NDIS.

Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said he was delighted with the Federal Government announcement and congratulated the organisations on their successful applications.

“This is a vital program for the families and carers of our vast region,” Mr O’Dowd said.

To find the full article by News Mail, written by Jessica Dorey please click here.

Why you really should think about volunteering

FIONA Morgan has just one message for anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer: “Just do it”.  It is National Volunteer Week and Mrs Morgan said deciding to give her time for two days a week was one of the best things she could have done.

“I’ve been a stay-at-home mum for 23 years so it’s been a long time since I’ve done anything,” she said. But with her husband working at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and their two children both at university, Mrs Morgan decided to get out and help the community.  “I thought ‘I’ve got a lot of spare time’, I’d like to do something but I just don’t know what,” she said.


Read the full article by Bundaberg News Mail here

Two of 10 new Bundy jobs up are for grabs

TEN new jobs will be created when BUSHkids opens an early intervention centre in the city and two of those positions are now being advertised.

BUSKkids CEO Carlton Meyn said the 82-year-old organisation was excited to be creating jobs in the region and while the best candidates would be selected, there was a strong desire for them to be locals.


Read the full article by Bundaberg News Mail here

New early intervention centre to help Bundy kids, bring jobs

TEN new jobs will created and scores of Bundaberg children with disabilities or developmental delays will get the essential support they need with the announcement of a new early intervention centre.

BUSHkids has been named the NDIS partner in the community to provide health services to children under the age of six.

Today, BUSHkids chief executive officer Carlton Meyn and clinical services manager Susan Harrison were in Bundaberg looking for a home for the service that will run in addition to the BUSHkids centre on Maryborough St.

“There will be two separate services,” Mr Meyn said.

“It is something that is massive for the community of Bundaberg.”


Read the full article from Bundaberg News Mail here

BUSHkids and St Vinnies get a boost with Casual for a Cause

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Mayor, Cr Tracy Dobie has presented the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme and the St Vincent de Paul Cornerstone Program with donations totalling almost $500.00, raised by Council staff through its ‘Casual for a Cause’ initiative.

Ian Mace, President of Friends of BUSHKids Warwick, gratefully accepted the donation on behalf of the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme and the BUSHkids program.

“I’m very pleased to accept this donation and these funds will go towards the delivery of the various programs and services offered by BUSHkids in Warwick,” he said.


Read the full article from the Souther Downs Regional Council here