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…

Leith’s Story

Living in a small town in regional New South Wales, the Freestone family has its fair share of challenges. Mum Cherise explains, “My husband Tom and I work hard to stay afloat. Our second son, Leith, was born 16 weeks premature, and life has been pretty hard ever since then. We knew Leith wasn’t meeting the…

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…

Jason’s Story

Jason had delayed speech development. By taking part in Royal Far West’s Telecare program, he’s racing ahead. Jason Cassie, a 12 year old from Dubbo, would stutter whenever he got nervous. His grandmother, Helen Cassie, said Jason relied on sign language early on but from kindergarten, he had a stuttering problem. Jason took part in…