About us

Royal Far West is Australia’s only national charity dedicated to the health and wellbeing of country children. We specialise in supporting children’s developmental, mental and behavioural health so they can reach their full potential.

Access to the right support at the right time can positively reset a child’s life trajectory. Through our three services and unique multidisciplinary, child-centred approach we partner with families, schools and communities to provide truly integrated and collaborative wraparound care.

The need

Every Australian child has the right to access quality health, education and developmental services.

190,000+ children across rural and remote Australia need health and wellbeing support but cannot access services because of where they live.

Limited access to services, long waiting lists and long distances to travel for these services only exacerbate the problem.

A growing complexity. Kids presenting with trauma in our Paediatric Developmental Program has doubled since 2017 to around 40% of children in 2022.

The lasting impacts of drought, floods, bushfires and COVID-19 have increased the demand for trauma-related services.  

"Royal Far West is unique. Without a doubt it saved [our son] Leith and our family, and we are so grateful for the ongoing care and support. Because of where we live, and the lack of access to services, we could never have given Leith the opportunities he deserves. His life, and ours, have been enriched because of the wonderful care he receives at Royal Far West.

Royal Far West mum

Royal Far West Child & Family Service

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Our Manly based Child & Family service is a holistic service for country children in NSW with the most complex behavioural, mental and developmental needs who require an assessment, diagnosis and therapy from a team of highly trained medical and allied health professionals.

We support children and their caregivers, assisting them to unlock the transformative pathways them to achieve their potential.

In FY23 we supported:

  • 9113 families
  • 3414 children
  • 3890 Parents/ Carers
  • 1809 Eductators/ Health Professionals

Where do the funds raised go?

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This service is free for families and is unique but is also very comprehensive and therefore expensive to operate.

Royal Far West receives a grant from NSW Health that funds a portion of the service with the remainder of the funds to come from RFW fundraising efforts.

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