ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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In the Western Downs, local families told us they find it difficult to access allied and specialist health care services due to distances from metropolitan centres. Health-e-Regions was initiated in response to this community need. It gives regional students and their families much-needed specialist health care in school through telehealth. This means they don’t have to take time off or travel long distances to access services.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

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Health-e-Regions aims to improve health, wellbeing and educational outcomes for students and the wider Western Downs community. It also aims to build additional capacity with educators. Teacher aides and learning support officers sit in on the telehealth sessions and bring the learnings from the program into the classroom.

HOW THE PROGRAM IS DELIVERED

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Through Health-e-Regions students are linked to a specialist at the University of Queensland, via skype or video call. These specialists provide lessons targeted at the need of each student. Five schools across the towns of Tara, Chinchilla, Wandoan and Miles have access to Health-e-Regions. The type of service provided is matched to the need in an area. At some schools the focus is only on speech and language, while others include occupational therapy and audiology services.

Miles of improvement

Miles of improvement

Principal Steve Bennett is uniquely placed to see the impact of Health-e-Regions

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