Royal Far West
Geography should not be a barrier or a cause for disadvantage, yet children living in rural and remote areas of Australia are up to five times as likely as children living in urban areas to have challenges with their developmental health. In addition, NSW Health reports that 32% of rural children cannot access the services they need.
Lack of access to services creates systemic barriers to optimising health and wellbeing outcomes, so children and families affected by these challenges who live in regional areas are often doubly disadvantaged, with life-long implications.
Royal Far West exists to help country families and their communities overcome these barriers by connecting children struggling with developmental and mental health challenges to the vital healthcare they need. We support country children with speech and language delays, learning and behavioural difficulties, and mental illness.
Today, we have a team of over 95 child-focused clinicians who provide pyschology, speech pathology and occupational therapy from our purpose-built Centre for Country Kids in Manly, as well as virtually via Telecare, and in local communities.
We are always transforming to meet the ever-increasing demand for our services, as well as supporting the growing complexity in needs of children and families from rural and remote Australia. Using technology and in-community programs, over the coming years Royal Far West will expand further and deeper into NSW, Queensland, WA and beyond.