Royal Far West visit

IGS welcomed Royal Far West representative Claire Coulton to our recent Primary Reconciliation Assembly.

Students heard how the organisation offers health care and a Manly seaside holiday to rural and regional children and their families in a range of ways.

While once children travelled alone to Manly for care, many services are now offered remotely through online “telecare” consultations by a team of 60 developmental paediatric specialists.

Counsellors, speech therapists, occupational therapists and medical specialists can assist.

Claire said about 50 per cent of children living remotely are considered developmentally vulnerable, with about a third unable to access the services they need.

Unless they are treated, the difficulties compound, making schooling more challenging for these children than necessary.

The service was founded nearly 100 years ago by a Methodist Minister from Cobar who was recuperating in Manly and wanted the same opportunity for children in far western NSW.

Pilots expanded the program by flying health care workers out west, and the information age has introduced new possibilities.

The service receives no government support.

Later, Claire, Head of Junior School Colin Bird, Head Girl Mi-kaisha Masella and Primary leaders Mia Beaumont and Noah McLean discussed how IGS students could become involved in assisting the service.

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Students presenting at the Primary Reconciliation Assembly