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Royal Far West Whitehaven

Whitehaven is proud to have partnered with Royal Far West (RFW) in an initiative to provide scholarships to bridge the healthcare gap for children in rural and remote communities.

Established in 1924, RFW has been a cornerstone in providing essential multi-disciplinary health and disability services to country children and their families, focusing primarily on developmental health issues. With services offered via telecare, direct community outreach, and from its Centre for Country Kids in Manly, RFW is committed to ensuring no child is left behind due to geographical barriers.

RFW’s approach is culturally sensitive and community-focused, aiming to fill the gaps in the healthcare system for the most vulnerable families and communities. By providing multidisciplinary health, education, and disability services for children up to the age of twelve, RFW ensures that rural and remote children can reach their full potential.

“We have over 150 paediatric clinicians, including psychiatrists, paediatricians, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and other allied health professionals,” said Kamila Chylewski, Royal Far West’s Corporate Partnerships Manager.

“We are extremely grateful to companies like Whitehaven for their support. The contribution from organisations like these enables us to continue supporting country children’s health and wellbeing.

“Five children will benefit from Whitehaven’s $25,000 contribution towards scholarships that will help to address immediate health needs and ensure long-term support for the children and their families.”

The scholarships provided are comprehensive, covering up to two weeks of accommodation and meals at Royal Far West Lodge. This allows the children, along with their parents and siblings, to access the Centre for Country Kids in Manly and the wide range of services available.

Whitehaven Coal General Manager Community Engagement, Darren Swain, said the company is thrilled to be playing a role in supporting RFW.

“Whitehaven is committed to supporting our local communities, focusing on critical areas where we can make a meaningful contribution, such as health and education. This partnership underscores the importance of sustainable, community-focused support for our future generations.

“Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our children is paramount, and we are proud that our support of Royal Far West will enable them to continue offering vital medical services to those most in need.”

By supporting the needs of country children and advocating for equitable access to services, RFW and Whitehaven are striving to make a difference to the lives of children and families in rural and remote areas.

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