One of the pre-Conference events in Alice Springs on Sunday 17 April will propose actions that can be taken to give a voice to the needs of rural children.
Who speaks for the rights of the child and how can children's voices be heard directly?
The workshop will confirm that the needs of children and young people in rural and remote areas are currently being met to a lesser degree than those of city children. But what are the priorities and what can be done about them?
There are significant differences between the lifestyles of urban and country children in terms of wellbeing, life expectancy and fulfilment. But it's not all negative for there are any undoubted advantages of life in a rural or remote area for a child or young person. They may include greater safety, a stronger sense of 'community', closer attachment to ecology and nature, and the prospect of outdoor activity and a greater amount of within-family education.
However for particular needs groups, the scarcity of resources and support services is a particular challenge. The groups that are vulnerable include some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, those with a disability, children in single parent or low income families, and those who miss out on early diagnosis of a developmental condition.
The workshop will agree some recommendations for action to enhance the wellbeing of children in these circumstances.
For more information, see here: http://www.countrykids.org.au/preconference