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 and Training – 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 in Bundaberg
  • Will employ team leader, administration officer and equivalent of 8 FTE coordinators. Coordinators will have allied health, early education or nursing backgrounds. Early Intervention Facilitators may also be employed in this team.

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