Building resilient regional and remote Queensland communities.
Hear and Say Telepractice Intensive hosted in Brisbane
The QCoal Foundation is proud to have partnered with Hear and Say, joining forces to deliver their specialised Listening and Spoken Language Therapy services via PC-based Telepractice to North Queensland families.
As part of the Telepractice program, families were invited to travel to Hear and Say’s Brisbane headquarters in mid-October for a three-day “Intensive”, for a range of special group programs, parent education sessions, clinical appointments and social gatherings.
Wet weather in Brisbane did nothing to dampen families’ spirits, particularly for one Central Queensland two-year-old who was fascinated by the rain puddles, in only her second time of seeing a heavy downpour.
A total of 15 children and eight siblings attended the Intensive, including four children serviced from the Townsville centre being supported by QCoal Foundation. Ages ranged from four months to six years, with a mix of hearing losses and technologies used including cochlear implants and behind-the-ear hearing aids.
Cumulatively, families travelled almost 12,000 kilometres from around the state to attend the Intensive program which was delivered by a range of health professionals including listening and spoken language specialists, audiologists, an occupational therapist and physiotherapist.
QCoal Foundation Director, Fiona McLoughlin saw firsthand the impact for families when she attended a playgroup session held during the Intensive, and said she was very impressed with the program.
“When chatting with the families involved it was evident that parents in particular got a great deal of benefit out of meeting other parents – something they can’t always do in their regional locations,” said Ms McLoughlin.
Hear and Say secured funding towards its Telepractice Program in April through the
QCoal Foundation Community Grants program, which provides assistance to organisations across rural and remote Queensland with a focus in the areas of health, liveability and education.
Hear and Say Chief Executive Officer, Chris McCarthy said the partnership had helped to ensure equitable access to services for families from rural and remote Queensland.
“Our aim is to help children – regardless of where they live – to hear, listen and speak to their full potential, so that they can attend mainstream school, have wider career choices and can more fully participate in their communities. We’re truly grateful for the support of QCoal Foundation in making this work possible for our North Queensland families,” Mr McCarthy said.
Applications for the current round of the QCoal Community Grant Program close on 15 January.