Summary of Service Streams

Providing individual and group allied health assessment, intervention and advice for children; targeted group programs for children; and parent and community education

  • Part funded by the State Government – Queensland Health in Bundaberg, Warwick and Dalby to provide family-centred individual and group allied health services for children up to 13 years of age
  • Part funded by State Government Department of Education – Non Schools Organisations in Mount Isa and Emerald to work closely with and within schools with school aged children
  • Currently 5 service centres – Bundaberg, Dalby, Emerald, Mount Isa and Warwick
  • Currently employ Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech and Language Pathologists and Family Health Support Workers

Providing Early Intervention for children and families to support child development and school readiness

  • Funded by the Federal Government Department of Social Services Children and Families Program to provide school readiness programs, supported playgroups, parenting support and advice and home visits
  • Currently 4 satellite sites in Agnes Water, Inglewood. Kingaroy and Stanthorpe
  • Currently employ Early Intervention Facilitators and Social Worker Team Leader (plus some casual admin hours in Warwick)

Note: Inglewood EIF position is fully funded by BUSHkids

Providing Early Childhood Early Intervention Services on behalf of the NDIS

  • Funded by the Federal Government National Disability Insurance Agency to provide intake, assessment, linking and transdisciplinary family-centred early intervention for children aged 0-6; NDIS planning and review of plans for children eligible for the scheme and community capacity building to support inclusion of children with developmental delay and disability.
  • Currently 4 service centres – Bundaberg, Gladstone, Emerald and Rockhampton
  • Teams consist of – Early Intervention Facilitators and Allied Health professionals including Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Physiotherapists and Psychologists

Building capacity of communities, parents and workforce to support children’s development

  • Implementing and adapting existing education, universal, prevention and intervention programs, workshops etc. (e.g. Read and Grow, Kindy Alert)
  • Developing bespoke education, universal, prevention and intervention programs, workshops etc. (e.g. A Steady Start to School)
  • Undertaking research (e.g. Telehealth, Narrative and Play)
  • Providing Student Placements and liaison with universities
  • Providing workforce mentoring for workers in early childhood care and education (e.g. FHSW mentoring in Mount Isa)
  • Funding from BUSHkids through existing staff undertaking projects, Gambling Community Benefit Fund, from DSS for specific related work, etc. (FHSW Mount Isa receives part-funding from DSS – Communities for Children to provide workforce mentoring in Mount Isa.)

Embedded in local community. engaging with local community. responsive to local needs and priorities

  • Friends of BUSHkids
  • BUSHconnect
  • BUSHkids teams participation in and contribution to local networks
  • Local fundraising, volunteering and support