BUSHkids is a not-for-profit organisation which has been supporting the health and wellbeing of children and families in Queensland’s regional, rural and remote communities for over 80 years.
BUSHkids provides free preventative and early intervention allied healthcare (both directly and in collaboration with government and other non-government organisations) to children and families who are unable to access services locally due to the unavailability or the affordability of those services.
We specifically aim to help disadvantaged children who are at risk of poor health, educational or social outcomes, reach their full potential.
BUSHkids currently provides a range of free services for children and their families through five major regional service centres―in Bundaberg, Dalby, Emerald, Mount Isa, and Warwick―each staffed by a multidisciplinary team comprising Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Family Health Support Workers.
We also support rural communities from our four smaller satellite centres―in Inglewood, Stanthorpe, Agnes Water/Miriam Vale and Kingaroy―staffed by Early Intervention Facilitators who can call on resources from the nearest service centre or the BUSHkids Clinical Leadership team in Toowong.
In addition BUSHkids has been chosen as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) partner in the community for the delivery of NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services for the Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Central Queensland areas; and has also just been awarded the contracts for Hervey Bay, Maryborough, the Sunshine Coast and Gympie areas.
Dedicated NDIS ECEI service centres have been established in Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton and we are in the process of establishing new ECEI service centres in Maryborough and Maroochydore. ECEI services will also be provided through our existing service centre in Emerald and we are delivering outreach services to the Biloela region from our Gladstone service centre.