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…

Boost telehealth in the bush, rural doctors urge parties

  RFW supports the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) call for  a strong commitment to boost access to telehealth services for patients in the bush. We are also advocating for policy shifts, such as Allied Health Medicare rebates, and are seeking financial support from government, business 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…

RFW Position Paper – Supporting Childhood Development in Regional, Rural and Remote Australia

Royal Far West’s experience in over 94 years of supporting Australian children and families bears out the  2015 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) National Report which found that the physical, emotional and social development attained in childhood lays a critical foundation and sets a trajectory for long-term outcomes in health, learning, behaviour and wellbeing. Delays…

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…