Meet the Team: Jade

Meet Jade, our Head of Child and Family Services at Royal Far West

Hi, my name is Jade, and I am the Head of Child and Family Services at Royal Far West (RFW).

What is your role at RFW?

Head of Child and Family Services. This includes our benevolent assessment and treatment program as well as our disability services.

What Aboriginal Country do you live/work on?

I work on the lands of the Gayemagal people.

How long have you been with RFW?

12.5 years

Have you seen any changes in the sorts of issues children have during this time?

Increases in family complexity, including more children and families who have experienced trauma, concerns regarding family wellbeing and mental health, drugs and alcohol, and family violence.

What led you to work at RFW?

After I completed my social work degree, I was passionate about working with children and their families. I was familiar with the RFW buildings in Manly and was interested in the work RFW was doing supporting children and families who did not have access to services in their local communities. I felt connected to the mission and the values of the charity.

Can you describe your typical day?

Typically, this would include:

  • Meetings with members of the Child and Family Services clinical and leadership team, and different areas of the business regarding planning, service development, and resourcing.
  • Supporting teams in responding to complexities or challenging clinical situations (for example child behaviour) this might include direct clinical work.
  • Contributing to various working groups within RFW.
  • Looking for opportunities to meet with kids and families in Manly.
  • Meeting with external stakeholders to advocate for the needs of rural kids and families and increase understanding of our service and referral pathways.
What do you think are the best things about working with families from rural and remote Australia?
  • Learning from families from such diverse backgrounds, culture, and communities.
  • The resilience our rural and remote families demonstrate, despite often experiencing so many adversities.
  • Families in rural and remote areas face distinct challenges, such as limited access to healthcare, education, and other essential services. Working with these families presents opportunities for RFW to innovate and develop creative solutions to address these challenges, having a positive impact on their lives.
What do you think makes RFW unique?

I think everyone that works at RFW truly believes in our mission – to improve the health and wellbeing of children who live in rural and remote communities. We do this in such a kind and supporting way, especially in the way we take a wrap-around approach to our work. From our clinical teams to the RFW school, recreation program, our operations and onsite services team, everyone is passionate about what we do.

Can you share some career highlights from your time at RFW?
  • Being able to lead and support a large highly skilled and passionate multidisciplinary team.
  • Having a positive role in the lives of families and children.
  • Helping support increased understanding, capacity, and wellbeing.
  • Being able to visit some of the communities that we work with and support.


Read more about our Child and Family Services here