Rural Outreach Early Intervention Service

From 2007 to 2009, the Taralye Foundation supported the expansion of Taralye’s services throughout Victoria with its Rural Outreach Early Intervention Service.

This project aimed to minimise the geographical disadvantage for hearing impaired children and their families living in rural Victoria. The project was successful in offering an accessible service so that no family needed to travel more than two hours to access specialist professional early intervention support.

The project offered accessible services in each of the Department of Human Services’ rural regions:

  • Gippsland

  • Loddon Mallee

  • Hume

  • Barwon

  • Grampians.

Following the completion of the Rural Outreach Intervention Service project, the Taralye Foundation has continued to support Taralye in providing statewide services including permanent support centres in Barwon and south western Victoria.

“Amanda has been exceptional in her determination to provide the best possible outreach service for our boys, TJ and Jamie, who are both profoundly deaf and use cochlear implants. Taralye’s fortnightly visits to Ballarat have made it so much easier to access the early intervention service without needing to travel to Melbourne.

Amanda has been instrumental in providing professional support and resources to kindergarten and childcare staff, assisting with speech therapy, providing appropriate information sheets and suggestions for home activities, contacting other agencies and service providers and assisting us in preparing a strategy plan and application for school integration support for TJ next year.

Both boys love their sessions with Amanda as she always makes them fun with a sense of achievement”. Robyn