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Better support in early years for Wimmera Southern Mallee children


A new telehealth initiative has been launched in the Wimmera Southern Mallee region to improve the health and wellbeing of children, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

The project will increase the uptake of local telehealth services which is saving families the cost of travel to Melbourne, shorter wait times and providing more engagement and support at a local level.

The project is a partnership between the community-led, By Five Early Years Project and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and will ensure families have access to healthcare in their communities as well as supporting children with a range of development needs.

The partnership supports co-consultations with Royal Children's Hospital and will allow for more education and co-consults to be delivered following the success of an earlier program run last year.

The telehealth initiative is funded through the $3.5 million Regional Digital Fund, which supports a broad range of small-scale digital projects identified as priorities by the local Regional Partnership. This project has been supported by the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership.

Priority projects are rolling out across the state under the Fund, including in Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Great South Coast, Goulburn, Loddon Campaspe, Mallee, Ovens Murray and Wimmera Southern Mallee regions.

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