Research and Advocacy

RFW has a critical role to play in connecting country children to the standard of health and wellbeing they’re entitled to, regardless of where they live. 

The work we do in advocacy, supported by a strong evidence base, intends to raise the volume and reinforce the rigour of conversations around childhood vulnerability in Australia. Our aim is to positively influence policy and inform the direction of child health and wellbeing, system wide.

Take a look at our Research and Advocacy articles & position statements

Research and Advocacy news

Bushfire Recovery - The Children’s Voices
14th December 2021
Pioneering bushfire program shows how to build children’s resilience after disasters
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11th January 2021
Calls for a public health campaign in the bush
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bushfires impact children's mental health
14th December 2020
How bushfires impact children's mental health
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Advocacy agenda

We believe that all children have the fundamental human right to a high standard of health and wellbeing, regardless of where they live. We recognise the important role we can play in giving country children a voice. Our intention is to raise the level of conversation around childhood vulnerability in Australia, to positively influence policy and to inform system-wide direction in rural and remote child health and wellbeing.

Our advocacy platform includes: a national target to reduce developmental vulnerability in rural and remote Australia from 22% to 1o% by 2025; increasing investment in early identification and intervention; funding and scaling of innovation service models; telecare capacity building and support; and increasing use of telecare models.

Research priorities

Our internal research team works closely with a variety of research partners to build a strong evidence base on children’s developmental health, particularly in rural and remote areas, and demonstrate the impact of targeted interventions in community settings and via telecare.

Our evidence base feeds directly into our program development, and is shared to create systems-change through conference presentations, policy statements, submissions to government, publications, and via our media partners.

Community engagement

We are working alongside our friends in many country communities to tackle the complex challenges they face, so that all children can have the greatest opportunity to reach their full potential.

In order to empower country communities to advocate for change locally, we have formed partnerships with local organisations, media, schools, health services and volunteers. We utilise the passion of our community champions and ambassadors to fundraise locally, and hold town-hall meetings to increase local awareness of childhood developmental vulnerability.

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about our advocacy platform, or partner
with us, please contact our Head of  Advocacy and Government Relations Jenny Stevenson.