This year we will continue to expand our services to help more children and families in Queensland, and nationally.
Our first child and family therapy service in New South Wales opened in Kempsey on 27 January, thanks to support from the Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service.
The Kempsey program will provide a specialised child and family therapy service for children and young people, and counselling for families with a range of challenges including intergenerational trauma.
Act for Kids Executive Director of Programs, Research and Education, Dr Katrina Lines, said the Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service was the right partner for the new service.
Act for Kids has provided these types of programs for many years across cities, regional centres and remote Indigenous communities. The Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service was looking for someone to fill this specialist support gap in Kempsey, so it was the perfect partnership.
We will work closely with the existing health services to ensure local kids and families get the integrated support they need to overcome their experiences and challenges. We have helped thousands of kids and families in other communities. Seeing them get stronger and have happier, healthier futures is our goal, Dr Lines said.
We are always looking to expand our services into new regions where there are gaps in specialist support services. We are currently talking with federal, state and territory governments to plan where we can have the biggest impact and help more children and families.