Innovation by Royal Far West in telehealth for kids
How do you solve the problem of children in rural and remote Australia needing access to specialist health services that aren’t locally available? You innovate!
In response to the growing number of children requiring our help, and acknowledging the need to innovate and diversify our services to reach more children, six years ago our CEO, Lindsay Cane AM, asked the question, “How do we reach these country kids online, rather than face-to-face?”
Following from Lindsay’s question, we launched a bold new program, Telecare for Kids, which paved the way for our service to be delivered via video link, with our clinicians in Manly connecting with country children in their classroom or their home.
Today we’re a recognised leader in telehealth delivery to children, supporting than 1,000 clients annually through this program.
While COVID-19 has temporarily halted our face-to-face and in-community programs, it hasn’t reduced the demand for our services. We are fortunate we have the skills to pivot these services into our virtual health model, thereby ensuring that children and their families will still have access to the services they need, while they are at home.
Pivoting these services requires significant funding, and we are very grateful to our current partners who are supporting us to help country kids.
We know that more can be done. We’ve put our innovation hats on and would love to hear from interested partners. To join our next information session (or to find out more), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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