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VidKids is a national initiative which will utilise the increased reach and capacity of the National broadband network (NBN) to provide improved services to Indigenous and non-Indigenous children with hearing and/or vision impairment living in outer regional and remote Australia.
Using video conferencing via the NBN, children and families will have access to services that cater to the diverse needs of children with hearing and/or vision impairment from qualified health and education professionals.
The then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) committed over $4 million to this pilot initiative, as part of the Australian Government's investment into Closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The program aims to assist with the expansion of telehealth services to improve remote service delivery for children with hearing and vision impairment into the future.
Children aged between 0-18 years of age that have significant vision and/or hearing loss and live in outer regional and remote areas may be eligible for these services.
VidKids is delivered by a consortium of services providers including, Deaf Children Australia, Vision Australia and the First Voice national service network (whose members are: the Hear and Say Centre, Taralye, Telethon Speech and Hearing, the Cora Barclay Centre and the Shepherd Centre).
Abstract adapted from Vision Australia