The 'Be well Learn well' program provides allied health therapy services to 8 remote state schools in Far North and North Queensland to address the developmental needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Kindergarten to Year 12. To deliver the program, the Department of Education has engaged CheckUP Australia who has partnered with local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), Gidgee Healing and Apunipima Cape York Health Council.
The allied health therapy services include clinical psychology, occupational therapy, psychology and speech pathology. These therapy services are provided in the school setting, as opposed to a clinical setting, enabling an integrated workforce of education and health professionals from ACCHOs to address the various risk factors influencing child development and schooling outcomes.
Eight schools in Far North and North Queensland are participating in the program.
- Aurukun State School
- Doomadgee State School
- Kowanyama State School
- Lockhart State School
- Mornington Island State School
- Northern Peninsula Area State College
- Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy - Coen Campus
- Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy - Hope Vale Campus
Since the program started in 2017, over 200 students have received allied health therapy.
The core objectives of the program are:
- identifying student developmental and/or learning issues through classroom observation and providing targeted therapy as needed
- conducting home visits and introducing conversations in the home and community around comprehensive care and specific intervention strategies
- strengthening knowledge and capacity of school staff to identify learning difficulties and implementing evidence-based strategies in the classroom environment.
Service delivery model
The service delivery model is a holistic approach to therapy by involving the school, student, family and wider community to address the underlying causes and/or developmental needs that may be contributing to learning and behavioural issues at school.
Students can receive individual and/or group therapy sessions from one or multiple disciplines inside or outside the classroom. A student can also receive therapy at home.
The Be well Learn well service delivery model outlines the pathway of service, from identification of students who may benefit from therapy, to strategies that may be implemented in the home and classroom to support student needs. A student can also be referred to other local health care providers.
For more details contact State Schools – Indigenous Education: firstname.lastname@example.org.