BUSHkids Partnering with NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the most significant social reform program in Australia since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s, transferring responsibility for funding disability support from state governments to a new federal agency, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

The NDIS was progressively rolled out across Queensland and became available statewide from 30 June 2019. BUSHkids is an NDIS Partner in the Community, and we are contracted to provide the Early Childhood Approach (ECA) services in the Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Rockhampton and Central Queensland areas.

The ECA is a new program fully funded by the NDIA designed to help children younger than 6 years with developmental delays, or children younger than 9 years with a disability, to access the specialised supports and services they and their families need to achieve better long-term outcomes. ECA is being provided through specialist Early Childhood Partners such as BUSHkids.

As an Early Childhood Partner, BUSHkids supports families of children with developmental delay and/or disability, and provides the support needed to improve the child’s development. Where a child requires more intensive early intervention supports, BUSHkids staff work with the family to develop an NDIS plan to access the support funding the child needs on a more long-term basis.

BUSHkids will work with you and your child to:

  • provide timely support to ensure you access the supports you need.
  • give you information about best-practice early childhood intervention supports and how you can help your child.
  • increase your confidence and capacity to manage and respond to your child’s support needs.
  • increase your child’s ability to do activities they need or want to do throughout their day.
  • increase your child’s inclusion and participation in mainstream and community settings like childcare or recreation.
  • give you information about, and referrals to, other support services if needed, like parent support groups.

NDIS Availability in Queensland

For more about the availability of NDIS in Queensland go to https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/ndis-each-state/queensland

NDIS Eligibility

To find out if you are eligible for NDIS provided services, go to https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/families-and-carers/early-childhood-approach-children-younger-9

NDIS Early Childhood Approach

For more about the NDIA’s early intervention approach watch the below video, or find the video and related article here http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/ndis_early_intervention_video.html

 

For more information on the Early Childhood Approach please contact one of our friendly teams in your region. 

Our ECA Service Regions

Bundaberg

BUSHkids was named as the NDIS Partner in the Community for Bundaberg in the first half of 2017 and we started providing services to participants from our new Early Start Service Centre in Targo Street during August of 2017. BUSHkids now provides ECA services across the whole Bundaberg Regional Council area, including the towns of Childers and Gin Gin.

The BUSHkids Early Start Team is an expansion of our services in Bundaberg, and our existing team still provide Allied Health Services to children and their families in Bundy from the new Fitzgerald Street Centre.

Centre Information and Locations

14 Fitzgerald Street, NORVILLE Q 4670
PO Box 1328, BUNDABERG Q 4670
Phone: (07) 4111 1655
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au

Sunshine Coast - Maroochydore, Caloundra and Gympie

BUSHkids has extended its NDIS ECA services to the Sunshine Coast.

We are delighted that as part of the NDIS rollout in Queensland BUSHkids was also awarded the contract to provide NDIS ECA services to the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Cherbourg. This builds on our existing ECA services which we provide.

Centre Information and Locations

Maroochydore

55 Kingsford Smith Parade, MAROOCHYDORE Q 4558
PO BOX 601, COTTON TREE Q 4558
Phone: (07) 5406 0708
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au

Caloundra

Suite 4 / 43 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA Q 4551
Phone: (07) 5406 0708
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au

Gympie

16 Red Hill Road, GYMPIE Q 4570

Phone: 0439 913 143
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au

Fraser Coast - Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Kingaroy and Cherbourg

BUSHkids has now extended its NDIS ECA services across the Wide Bay region.

As part of the NDIS rollout in Queensland BUSHkids has been awarded the contract to provide NDIS ECA services in Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Kingaroy and Cherbourg. This builds on our existing ECA services which we provide.

Centre Information and Locations

Hervey Bay

6 Tavistock St, TORQUAY Q 4655
PO Box 5144, TORQUAY Q 4655
Phone:(07) 4183 8920
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au

Rockhampton & Central Queensland - Emerald, Gladstone

BUSHkids was named as the NDIS Partner in the Community for Rockhampton and Central Queensland during September 2017. We have since established our Early Start Team who are providing NDIS ECA services through our existing service Centre in Emerald, and two new service Centres in Rockhampton and Gladstone. In addition, our Gladstone team provides outreach services to Biloela communities.

Centre Information and Locations

Rockhampton

Shop 1, 171 Bolsover St ROCKHAMPTON Q 4700
PO Box 326, ROCKHAMPTON  QLD  4700
Phone: (07) 4994 2120
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au

Gladstone

65 – 67 Goondoon Street, GLADSTONE Q 4680
PO Box 38, GLADSTONE  QLD  4680
Phone: (07) 4904 5335
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au

Biloela

Support to the Biloela region is managed by our Gladstone Team, families in the region are encouraged to contact the Gladstone Service Centre by phone or e-mail.
Phone: (07) 4904 5335
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au

Emerald

5 Clermont Street, EMERALD Q 4720
PO Box 53, EMERALD Q 4720
Phone: (07) 4913 1090
Email: ecainfo@bushkids.org.au