Free health checks for Wauchope kids November 21, 22 2018


A happy client at the healthy kids bus which is coming to Wauchope on November 21 and 22.
A happy client at the healthy kids bus which is coming to Wauchope on November 21 and 22.

You’re invited to free child health checks in Wauchope on Wednesday November 21 and Thursday November 22.

Identifying children’s developmental issues before they start school is critical to their life trajectory, and children’s charity Royal Far West’s award-winning Healthy Kids Bus Stop screening program for children aged 3-5 has been developed to help identify children who would benefit from some form of early intervention.

Royal Far West, in partnership with the Mid North Coast Local Health District and Ronald McDonald House Charities, will be delivering free child health checks in Wauchope at the Rotary Youth Hall.

A hearing test at the Healthy Kids Bus Stop.

A hearing test at the Healthy Kids Bus Stop.

This will be the second Healthy Kids Bus Stop run on the Mid North Coast this year, with it visiting Eungai, Stuart’s Point and Willawarrin in April. At that bus stop, 55 children were screened with 45 being referred on for further assessment and therapy.

More than one of the parents commented that they were glad they had registered their child, and one commented on how much her child had improved after implementing strategies provided at the bus stop.

Other key partners include local preschools, schools, councils and community service organisations. The program is designed as a collaborative exercise to benefit young children within the community at no cost to their parents/carers.

Assessments include a child health check; hearing screening; dental check; fine and gross motor skill development screening; language and speech development check; and a food nutrition check, all at the one location in either a morning or afternoon appointment.

Children requiring further assessment will be referred to appropriate local services, and those with complex needs may also be referred to Royal Far West’s Paediatric Developmental Program.

Children must to be registered to attend the Bus Stop.

This can be done at http://www.royalfarwest.org.au/healthy-kids-bus-stop or by calling Jennifer Dowling on 02 8966 8557 for more information.

To help support children in rural and remote areas of Australia, please call 1800 500 061 or go to the website www.royalfarwest.org.au

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