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
Children living in very remote areas are
twice as likely
as those living in major cities to be developmentally vulnerable
of children living in Australia
are developmentally vulnerable in one or more domain in their first year at school
of indigenous children
are vulnerable in one or more developmental domain
1 in 5
children in rural areas
have mental health problems
of children in rural NSW
are unable to access the health services they need
Allied health workers in rural and remote areas service a population at least
than their metropolitan counterparts
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.
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.
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.
- Stories of The Invisible Children
- Stories of The Invisible Children - Reference List
- Fact Sheet on the State of Country Children’s Health and Development.
- Stories of the Invisible Children - Transcript from Parliament House - 13 February 2019
- Reporting the health and development of children in rural and remote Australia
- Lived Experiences White Paper - T Cumming, CSU
- The Invisible Children: the state of country children's health and development in Australia
- Submission on Inquiry into Education in Remote and Complex Environments by the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training
- Response to the NSW Government independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season
- Submission for Inquiry into Health Outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote NSW
- Submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee’s Inquiry into Effective Approaches to Prevention, Diagnosis and Support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
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.