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Providing Services to Disadvantaged Families in the Bush

The long history of the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme is one of change and evolution and it remains vitally important BUSHkids continues to grow and evolve its services to meet the changing needs of children and families living in Queensland’s regional, rural and remote communities. The past year has seen probably the most rapid period of change since I became CEO, and the introduction of new services and the organisation’s involvement with the provision of NDIS Early Childhood Services for young children with developmental delay, will undoubtedly see the organisation evolve further over the coming 12 months.

However, while the organisation is very different from the one I joined six years ago, the heart of what we do remains unchanged. BUSHkids continues to support the health and wellbeing of children and families who through availability or affordability are unable to access services locally. Shane’s story[1], from one of our speech pathologists in Mount Isa, tells how we continue to provide much needed support to disadvantaged kids.

“It’s very special to be able to provide our services free of charge to families who would otherwise be unable to afford support for their kids. I have been working with Shane, a five-year-old little boy who was 95% echolalic when he came to us, which means he constantly repeated words and phrases said by other people and had little speech of his own. This resulted in behavioural problems and difficulties at school. The OT and I worked together to help Shane. We introduced a core word board to help him communicate and through therapy and support from his parents his echolalia has almost disappeared. Shane is now able to form sentences using his core word board, request help, is better able to take part in classroom activities at school and his behaviour has improved significantly. Being able to play a part in helping a child reach their communication potential is something very special!”

When I read Shane’s story, I was struck by the passion of our staff to help children and families who otherwise couldn’t afford support, and how their work really does change young lives for the better.

You can help us continue to provide support to disadvantaged children like Shane. Any gift of $2 or more which you are able to give will help us, and to make donation easier, you can now give online through our website. Just go to and click on the ‘Donate Now’ button.

[1] Name changed to protect the client’s identity.

We truly appreciate your support and sincerely thank you for your time and consideration.

Carlton Meyn

Chief Executive Officer

How you can help

With every donation BUSHkids is a step closer to giving a child the BEST possible service in the BEST possible time, and equipping that child with the skills to live a full life.

Any gift over $2.00 is tax deductible!

Donate Online here


Donate by phone

Contact BUSHkids Brisbane – 07 3870 7288


Donate Monthly

Contact us on 07 3870 7288 to organise monthly automatic deductions.


Corporate, club or individual sponsorship of specific projects or equipment and resources is an excellent way to ensure a continuity of service for country children.

Contact our Brisbane office on 07 3870 7288 or your nearest centre for further information on current projects.

A gift in your will is an investment in the future of BUSHkids and in the futures of all the children we will help.

Remembering our Queensland children in your will is a very special way to pledge your continuing support for BUSHkids services and will remain a living legacy of your love and compassion for children.

The following wording may be used:

I bequeath free of all duties and charges the sum of $……….. to the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme – BUSHkids for the general charitable purpose thereof and I declare that the receipt of the Secretary or the Honorary Treasurer of the said Scheme shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Your Solicitor or Trustee Company will alter the form of wording when the bequest is for a share or residue of your estate.