Supporting our Child Development Service

The child development service: past, present and future

Every ‘first’ in the life of a new child is a significant milestone for every parent.

But for a countless number of families across the Sunshine Coast, these magic moments don’t come easily, and many are referred to the Child Development Service, or CDS.

The CDS provides children with developmental and behavioral issues the extra support they – and their families – need to continue to lead successful and happy lives.

For many years, the service had been run in a small space out of the Nambour Hospital and specialist clinicians and paediatricians had long wished for a new working environment, as well as be able to extend assessment and treatment to children older than six.

Thanks to the generosity of local people who supported 92.7 MixFM’s ‘Give Me 5 for Kids’ appeal and participated in the Run Sunshine Coast events in 2014 and 2015 (which donates 100 per cent of all entry fees back to Wishlist), Wishlist was able to commit a promise of $1.4million to relocate the CDS in to a community space at 60 Wises Road at Maroochydore.

The new location is significantly larger and newly refurbished with state of the art equipment.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the CDS was the second  biggest commitment Wishlist had ever made.

“In 2013 it was made obvious to us that this was the biggest priority for the local Health Service and the number one item of the needs and wants list for paediatric needs on the Coast,” Ms Rowe said.

“Wishlist is committed to funding the rental of the new space in Maroochydore for three years, as well as funding extra staff – all completely with donations,” she said.

“The total cost of this is $1.4million, and so far we’ve spent $600,000. So we need the Coast to continue to support these amazing events to help us raise the next $800,000 and allow us to finish this marathon effort with pride.”

Specialist paediatrician at CDS Dr Heidi Webster said children with developmental issues often went undiagnosed within the community.

“These children are often voiceless and it’s a terribly hard time for parents to understand how to do the best they can with a diagnosis of Autism or gross motor delay,” Dr Webster said.

“Putting in the time and effort to support these children while they’re young will bring dividends for their whole lives, so while a $1.4million investment might look like a big amount up front – the payoff for the community for the decades to come will be priceless,” she said.

A feature DVD highlighting some of the families benefitting from the bigger and better Child Development Service and the specialist clinicians who work at the service was created by the Wishlist Marketing and Communications team.

View our Child Development Service DVD here.

How you can help to support this precious service:

Mix FM’s GM54K

92.7 Mix FM's Give Me 5 for Kids is a month-long fundraising appeal in June each year, which to date has raised more than $3million for the needs of local paediatric patients.

Comprising of multiple events, socials, on-air auctions and a tin drive, the successful campaign is spearheaded by Mix FM's dedicated team who rally the community each year to help create a world-class public health care for our youngest patients.  Listen out in the month of June to get behind this great event.