Why behavioural difficulties arise out of early life trauma and the importance of early intervention

. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.” (adapted from Frederick Douglass 1817–1895) A recent study from researcher Dr Marcel Zimmet et al reports that children’s initial social interactions are primarily shaped by their interactions with their parents. “The impact of difficult or impoverished parent–child relationships on brain development and…

RFW is recognised for Outstanding Achievement in 2018 Australian Charity Awards

  RFW has been awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2018 Australian Charity Awards Royal Far West’s award winning Telecare for Kids program (Telecare), now Australia’s longest continually operating child and family telehealth service, was created in 2013 in response to the overwhelming need of isolated and disadvantaged rural children and young people to access…

Case Study: Luke and The Telecare Program

Like many of our families, Luke comes from a rural area of NSW, where he lived too far away to attend regular speech therapy services. Using our Telecare services, he can access regular therapy at his school. Luke has a family history of speech and language difficulties. He had not accessed speech therapy services for many years…

The Invisible Children Report

In response to concerns about the growing vulnerability of country children, RFW commissioned a review of the state of children’s developmental health in rural and remote Australia from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Centre for Community Child Health. “The Invisible Children” report launched in September 2017 revealed the vulnerability gap between urban and rural children is growing. Children…