Health jobs on offer as families service expands

THE hunt is on for a social worker to join an innovative program helping Gladstone region kids achieve their potential.

The Royal Queensland Bush Children's Health Scheme is advertising for specialist staff as it rolls out a $2.4 million Families and Children program in the Stanthorpe, Kingaroy, Nanango, Bundaberg, Agnes Water and Miriam Vale areas.

The 80-year-old organisation recently advertised for psychologists to join the program and this week it started looking for social workers.

BUSHkids clinical services manager Susan Harrison said social workers were needed to fill early intervention facilitator positions across the program's catchments.

"The allied health field is quite diverse," Mrs Harrison said.

"Our existing teams already include psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists.

"The people we're seeking for these new positions could, for instance, have different qualifications, in teaching, dietetics or early education.

"What's important is that they're good at working with parents and the family, and that they understand the importance of the home context in helping deliver the best outcome for the kids."

BUSHkids general manager Carlton Meyn said the jobs were advertised in a range of media and applications would close on June 29.

"For 80 years, our focus has been on children in rural and regional communities and that vast experience is evidence that actively supporting parents and educating families is absolutely crucial," Mr Meyn said.

"We can provide necessary therapy for kids experiencing developmental issues, but ensuring their siblings and parents are informed and empowered to support them at home is pivotal to achieving better outcomes, not just for the child but for the whole family."

Since starting in 1935, BUSHkids has helped more than 41,000 children.

Its team of speech pathologists, psychologists and occupational therapists provide intensive support for regional, rural and remote families and children.


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