Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd (CQID) has been appointed by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services as a key provider of Family Wellbeing Services to Indigenous communities in and around Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Woorabinda, Emerald, Longreach and Rockhampton.
The goal of the Service is to keep more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe by ensuring children and their parents, carers and family members are supported with developing their strengths, skills and capacity to live healthy and positive lives. While also working alongside the Department of Communities & Child Safety to reduce over-representation and increase cultural support and wellbeing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care. Through family led decision making a process that recognises the impact of the past traumas and the importance of healing, in raising strong healthy, happy children and families while nurturing positive cultural identity for all children.
To achieve synergies, CQID has formed partnerships with other Indigenous organisations to bring a collaborative approach to promoting wellbeing and to ensure the strengths of partners enhance service provision to clients. Our services across Central Queensland will be looking at ways that we can work more collaboratively across agencies to support clients with a variety of expertise and hope that it will be strengthened in the future.
In the past three months we have received good news stories from around the region where Family Wellbeing Officers have been successful with securing accommodation, employment and reconnecting children and families through family gatherings. There are a number of Men and Women’s Groups that are being established across the region as well as healing camps being developed in partnership with local Traditional Owners and Elders.
As an organisation we are excited about being a part of the roll out of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Programs state wide. For further advice on a service near you please call us on 07 4920 0000.