Foundation News


Posted on May 18, 2018 2:27 pm Posted by Kirstie Graham

BDCU Childrens’ Foundation presents

Dr JUSTIN COULSON on “Resiliance”


for parents and the community – ALL WELCOME

both forums at 7pm

Tuesday 11 Sept 2018  at Mittagong RSL


Wednesday 12 Sept 2018 at Moss Vale Services Club, Auditorium

please RSVP ( for catering)  4/9/2018

4pm teachers Forum at BDCU Alliance Bank

all welcome


BDCU Childrens Foundation has a long history of improving the health welfare for local children and their families and was instrumental in driving the total renovation of Bowral Childrens Ward that is now a more comfortable space for families at a difficult time.

President Kim Furness said “ We are very grateful to the community for their ongoing support that has been instrumental in achieving the outcomes for the health and wellbeing of local children. Without their support we would be unable to continue to identify needs that we can support”.

Following the renovation of the Childrens Ward, it became apparent that there was a wide need for mental health support for our young people that resulted in a full time Youth and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse being funded at Bowral Hospital to support those needs.

“The Foundation committed to financially support that role for 3 years in a pilot arrangement to assess community needs and outcomes” said Vice President Ross Stone. “It was a significant success and our funding commitment continued for 3.5 years when the role was taken over by Community Health”.

The Foundation then turned its attention to that of Weight Management for our young people that has become a serious health issue for many people and now Australian Governments as they focus on remedies.

Following negotiations with Bowral Hospital the Foundation committed to fund a Weight Management Clinician at Bowral Hospital on a part time basis for 12 months. That role will address the variety of issues associated with weight control and its subsequent implications for mental health.

“The role is due to commence very shortly” said Kim Furness and we look forward to working with the clinician to support that work.

During the past 12 months the Foundation has supported a number of Mental Health Forums in schools and the community and has reached 1000 students and families through the education process with batyr (

Batyr is a preventative mental health organisation, created and driven by young people, for young people. They smash the stigma surrounding mental ill health and empower young people to reach out for support. They help create communities that support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

“The batyr speakers included young people talking from their own compelling lived experience and how they managed their return to good mental health.” said Ross Stone.


“We want to provide the opportunity for local families and young people to learn how to deal with mental health issues and bring experts in the field to our community to learn and support individual and family needs. There is no cost to attend.” said President Kim Furness.

Dr Justin Coulson is coming to the Highlands on 11 and 12 September to talk about “Resilience” and how to grow both family and young people’s understanding and management of the wide range of issues they face daily.

“The forums will be held at Mittagong RSL Club at 7pm on Tuesday 11 September and at Moss Vale Services Club on Wednesday 12 September at 7pm. A Teachers forum will be held at BDCU Alliance Bank 411 Bong Bong St Bowral at 4pm on 12 September. Anyone interested in attending should register by email


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