Close the gap for Aboriginal children who need your support urgently!
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. 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 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.
Help ensure that the next generation of young Aboriginal children have the best chance at school and healing in the critical first five years of life. Please donate now!
Gunawirra has worked with Aboriginal children since 2008
Gunawirra is an Aboriginal Australian child and women’s charity that supports over 1500 Aboriginal families across 26 preschools in rural NSW. Since 2008, Gunawirra’s purpose has been to sow seeds for the next generation of Aboriginal children to optimise their resilience and school-readiness.
We envision an Australia that deeply respects Aboriginal culture and history where Aboriginal people experience equality and respect and their children grow to their full and rightful place as resilient, empowered adults.
Hear from Debbie about the importance of these services in her region, due to community crisis with trauma embedded into preschool children.
Support these evidence-based therapies to close the gap!
The integrated early intervention of the Clinic on Country will redress diagnoses, speech impairments, coordination and school readiness. Occupational and speech therapy delivers proven benefits to motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication and play skills. 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.
Gunawirra is a public benevolent institution and all donations are tax deductible.
Gunawirra wishes to acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities of Australia, and we respect and recognise that they still have a strong continuing connection to their culture, land, water and community.