BUSHkids is se­lected to pro­vide NDIS ser­vices in

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IT’S a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that has a his­tory with Cen­tral Queens­land dat­ing back to the 1930s, and later this year it will be of­fer­ing ex­tra ser­vices to the re­gion’s bush kids.

BUSHkids, which is part of the Royal Queens­land Bush Chil­dren’s Health Scheme, has been cho­sen to de­liver Early Child­hood Early In­ter­ven­tion ser­vices to Rock­hamp­ton and Cen­tral Queens­land un­der the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme.

From Novem­ber, BUSHkids will start pro­vid­ing ECEI ser­vices to chil­dren liv­ing around Rock­hamp­ton, Glad­stone, Biloela, Emerald and the Cen­tral High­lands.

ECEI is de­signed to help chil­dren from 0-6 years who have a dis­abil­ity or de­vel­op­men­tal de­lay ac­cess the spe­cialised sup­port ser­vices they need to achieve bet­ter long-term out­comes.

Over the next two months, BUSHkids will es­tab­lish new ser­vice cen­tres in Rock­hamp­ton and Glad­stone specif­i­cally to pro­vide NDIS ECEI ser­vices.

BUSHkids’ chair­man Dr Neil Bar­tels said this was a re­turn to Rock­hamp­ton for the or­gan­i­sa­tion which had pro­vided free health­care to

out­back kids for 60 years through res­i­den­tial homes in Yep­poon and Emu Park.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that the or­gan­i­sa­tion is re­turn­ing to an area where it had such a strong pres­ence and great

com­mu­nity sup­port for so long,” he said.

BUSHkids will work to im­prove the child’s devel­op­ment, and where more in­ten­sive early in­ter­ven­tion sup­ports are

PHOTO: STATE LI­BRARY OF QUEENS­LAND

BACK IN CQ: Strat­ford House at Emu Park where BUSHkids would stay in the 1930s/40s.

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