To open the Goondir Health Services 2017 Annual Report, click here.

STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY AND WELLBEING

Goondir is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the health of communities who need it the most. Goondir collaborates with partner organisations and health providers to create healthier communities and reduce health inequities through a range of programs and initiatives.
The following Statement of Commitment to Child Safety and Wellbeing is the overarching statement that will outline the key values and principles of Goondir approach to protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect.

GOONDIR STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

Goondir is committed to the continued safety and wellbeing of children and young people across the organisation and in our operations. All children and young people have a right to feel safe and to be safe. This will be a primary focus of the care we provide and the decisions we make.

Goondir is a recipient of State and Commonwealth funding and will work towards embedding the requirements of the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework (CCSF) by:

  • Implementing the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
  • Undertaking annual child safety risk assessments; and
  • Establishing and maintaining a system of training and compliance.

Goondir will take a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse and will not tolerate any abuse or neglect of children or young people involved in Goondir programs, projects, and services.
Goondir is committed to providing a safe environment, where children, young people, families, and communities feel safe and are confident that children and young people’s rights, needs and interests are met, with particular attention paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

CHILD SAFETY PRINCIPLES

The following child safety principles guide Goondir’s commitment to child safety and form the basis for the organisation’s operations.
Goondir will:

  • Create physical and online environments that are child safe and child friendly.
  • Maintain a culture of openness and transparency.
  • Recognise and accept the moral and legal responsibility to safeguard children from child abuse both inside and outside of Goondir’s physical and online environments.
  • Take a preventative, proactive and early-intervention approach to child safety.
  • Ensure relevant organisational policies, procedures, activities, and expectations will be implemented and communicated across the organisation and its operations.
  • Value and empower children to participate in decisions that affect their lives and take their input seriously.
  • Conduct ongoing risk assessments, management and improvement of all interactions Goondir Board Directors, senior management, staff, representatives, contracted health professionals, contractors, consultants, students, visitors, and volunteers have with children.
  • Foster a culture that is child and culturally safe that also respects diversity and disability in children and young people.
  • Report suspected abuse, neglect, or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities.
  • Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Goondir acknowledges that child protection is everyone’s responsibility. At Goondir, all Board Directors, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), senior management, staff, representatives, contracted health professionals, contractors, consultants, students, visitors, and volunteers have a shared responsibility for contributing to the safety and protection of children. These responsibilities are outlined in Goondir’s Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy to ensure the wellbeing and safety of children and young people is at the forefront of what we do and the decisions we make.
The Child Safety policy is intended to empower children who are vital and active participants in our service. We listen to their views and respect what they must say and implement what we can of their suggestions.

We promote diversity and tolerance in our service, and people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds are welcome.

In particular, through training and information sharing we:

  • Promote the cultural safety, participation, and empowerment of Aboriginal children
  • Promote the cultural safety, participation, and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Ensure that children with a disability are safe and can participate equally.

Our staff and volunteers

  • Goondir’s policy guides our staff, and volunteers on how to behave with children in our service.
  • All our staff and volunteers must agree to abide by our code of conduct which specifies the standards of behaviour and conduct required when working with children.
  • All staff, and volunteers, as well as children and their families, are given the opportunity to contribute to the development of the code of conduct.

Recruitment

  • We take all reasonable steps to employ skilled people to work with children. We develop selection criteria and advertisements which clearly demonstrate our commitment to child safety and an awareness of our social and legislative responsibilities. Our service understands that when recruiting staff, and volunteers we have ethical as well as legislative obligations.
  • We encourage applications from Aboriginal peoples, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.
  • All people engaged in child-related work, including volunteers, are required to hold a Working with Children Check and to provide evidence of this Check.
  • We carry out reference checks and police record checks to ensure that we are recruiting the right people.
  • If during the recruitment process a person’s records indicate a criminal history then the person will be given the opportunity to provide further information and context, the sentence, age, and nature of the crime will take into account.

This Statement of Commitment to Child Safety and Wellbeing will be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it remains relevant to Goondir and our operations.

In April 2018 Goondir commenced the implementation of the Big Buddy Project in St George. This project is  proudly funded by the Western Queensland Primary Health Network until December 2018.

The Big Buddy Program is open to any St George Indigenous Youth aged 12-17 years.  The Key Outcome focus of the Big Buddy Program are as follows:
 
1.  Promoting Life Skills
    a. Events Management
    b. Exposure to small business
    c. Improving self-worth
    d. Catering and budgeting skills
 
2. Mentorship
    a. Pairing youth with role models
    b. Utilising High Profile People
 
3. Education
    a. Homework support
    b. Accredited training
    c. Support with awareness of and assistwith traineeship / scholarship applications
    d. Improving health literacy
 
4. Improving Social Interaction
    a. After school activities
    b. Sporting / cultural events
    c. Discos
    d. Other events
 
For further information call the Goondir Health Services St George Clinic on 07 4625 5040.

Diabetic Educator

Monthly on Tuesdays

 

Exercise Physiologist

Tuesdays – fortnightly

 

Dietitian

Tuesday  – Fortnightly

 

Podiatrist

Tuesdays Fortnightly

 

Speech Therapist

TBA

 

Physiotherapist

Wednesdays Weekly

 

Chiropractor

On a as need basis @ Christine Tully Chiropractic

 

Optometrist

Wednesday & Thursday every second month

 

Paediatrician

Telehealth Monthly on Thursdays - Telehealth Only

Face to Face 3 monthly on Wednesday & Thursdays

 

IROC Adult

Quarterly on Thursdays & Fridays

 

IROC Paediatric

Tri Monthly on Wednesday & Thursday

 

Psychologist

Wednesdays Fortnightly

 

 

Heart of Australia

 Monthly for one Week – mixed services

 Cardiologist

 Endocrinologist

 Geriatrician

 Sleep Studies

 Respiratory Function Test

 

Gynaecologist

HAP EE Healthy Ears Program

Mondays Monthly

 

 

Tele Health Services

Psychologist Friday mornings

Psychiatrist Weekly

Specialists follow ups as requested by services

UQ Occupational Therapist paeds Weekly Tuesdays

UQ Speech Therapist peads Wednesdays Weekly

 

Endocrinologist

Dr Thomae Tuesdays monthly

 

Mobile Services for Tara, Chinchilla and Miles BMC (monthly)

Exercise Physiologist

Dietitian

Physiotherapy

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we share our lives, care for our families, communities and country to create the best possible future for all our children for the generations to come. We acknowledge Elders both past and present and acknowledge Elders from the Stolen Generation. It is their strength and spirit that makes our work possible. It is to their memory we dedicate our efforts.

 

Goondir Health Services acknowledges all support provided by the Australian Government

 

People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent should be aware that the Goondir Health Services website may contain images and names of people who are deceased