Community Advocacy

Mid Coast 4 Kids is a collective impact initiative designed to support Mid Coast communities to address long term, entrenched social issues that affect children, young people and families. Membership of Mid Coast 4 Kids is broad, covering the community, health and education sector including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services.

Our advocacy work to improve childhood education and health outcomes draws on the expertise and experience of our members, local professionals and parents.

We also base our submissions on contemporary evidence on screening and surveillance in early childhood health, with a particular focus on the link between early health screening and educational outcomes.

As part of this advocacy work, our most recent submission has been to the Inquiry into health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote NSW.

This submission highlights concerns about the long-term health and educational outcomes for children on the Mid Coast due to inadequacies in screening and surveillance in early childhood health services.

The submission further highlights gaps in service provision for children identified with needs related to hearing loss, vision impairment, speech and language delay and behavioural issues. The submission makes recommendations based on the principles of the National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services, with a key emphasis on enhanced collaboration, service integration and greater flexibility and capacity in funded services.

To view a copy of our submission click on the button below. You can also view our extended recommendations presented and tabled at to the Inquiry Hearing in Taree on the 16 June 2021.

Brighter beginnings: the first 2000 days

Mid Coast 4 Kids is very excited to be championing Brighter Beginnings: the first 2000 days, a NSW Government initiative which is based on evidence that shows why the early years of life (from conception to age five) are important for health and wellbeing outcomes across the lifespan.
Evidence such as 90% of a child’s brain development occurs by age 5 and early experiences in the first 2000 days of life can have flow-on impacts in every decade of their lifetime.
The Brighter Beginnings initiative is a “one stop shop” of resources for families when expecting a baby and throughout their child’s early life, and includes tools and resources to keep track of health and development milestones, access financial support, find early childhood education and care, start primary school, and return to work as well as emotional and legal support for parents.
Early experiences in the first 2000 days of life can have flow-on impacts in every decade of  a child’s lifetime.
With almost 100,000 births per year in NSW. Brighter Beginnings aims to provide families with the information they need, when they need it to make their decisions and empower families with clear, reliable and timely information

One of the valuable  online resources is the Learn the Signs, Act Early Milestone Monitoring Tools  that are in the Blue Book and help parents track their child’s development. Parents should speak to a Child and Family Health Nurse located in Child and Family Health Centres or doctor if they have concerns about how their child is growing, developing or behaving.

Click here to find out more about: 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘀. 𝗔𝗰𝘁 𝗘𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆. 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗼𝗼𝗹𝘀

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