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 and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network Win Mental Health Award

  About the award We are so proud of our Connect for Kids program, funded by the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, which has won an Excellence in Service or Program Delivery Award as part of the Mental Health Association NSW annual 2018 Mental Health Month Awards. The award recognises excellence and/or innovation in mental health related…

Research: Efficacy and Scalability of Telecare for Disruptive Behaviour

  RFW is conducting research into a proven early intervention model for children (K-Year 2) with disruptive behaviour problems to see if therapy can be provided efficiently and effectively using telehealth. The research will also assess whether interventions delivered via telehealth (TAG) are acceptable to parents, teachers and schools, and whether disruptive behaviours decrease after involvement…

RFW Research Unit – Research Australia magazine article

Improving Developmental Health Outcomes For Rural and Remote Kids: Royal Far West, working with the University of Sydney, NHMRC, and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Centre for Community Child Health, has delivered research findings which are contributing to improved service models, en extended reach, better health outcomes for rural and remote children, and a strong platform…

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…