Aboriginal children in Kempsey need your support now!
Rural preschools with predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are disadvantaged on many levels. Access to professional resources is inhibited by 18 month waiting lists, long distance, affordability and availability of experts.
YOUR support will provide fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) therapists and social workers who have expertise in trans-generational trauma and Aboriginal culture – all urgent needs for two preschools with the highest proportion of Aboriginal families.
With around 40% of Aboriginal children beginning school with communication impairments – the regions need for our work is critical for the next generations best chance at school readiness, healing and self-reliance. The need for speech pathology is compounded among Aboriginal children due to increased rates of early childhood trauma as well as high rates of middle ear disease.
Your support will help ensure that young Aboriginal children can access these services in the critical first five years of life. Please donate now!
Closing the Gap for Aboriginal Children in Kempsey
Support these evidence-based therapies to close the gap!
The first five years of life will shape a child’s cognitive, social and physical growth and determines developmental delays. Occupational and speech therapy delivers proven benefits to motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication and play skills.
A University of Sydney study found that Aboriginal children in remote NSW are nearly 4x more likely to be developmentally vulnerable on language and cognitive skills than non-Aboriginal children.
The integrated early intervention of the Clinic on Country will redress diagnoses, speech impairments, coordination and school readiness. The holistic approach will involve the parents and educators to embed new routines.
This grassroots project will leverage a partnership with University of Newcastle and other research collaborators to train local therapists. The outcomes and evaluation will inform a new model that can be scaled and replicated in other predominantly Aboriginal preschools across regional NSW.