Celebrating 80 Years on the Capricorn Coast Event Recap

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

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




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

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

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.