The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) is supported with funding from the Queensland Government through the Department of Education to implement the Deadly Kindies Program (Deadly Kindies). Deadly Kindies is a key strategy in addressing the Government’s priority focus to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families’ access to effective and integrated health care, and early childhood education and development, in particular, participation in kindergarten at the same levels as non-Indigenous Queenslanders.
Modelled on the successful Deadly Choices program, Deadly Kindies uses the Deadly Kindies Kit as an incentive to encourage a comprehensive Health Check through local Community Controlled Health Services and enrolment in kindergarten. The Health Checks are free and will pick up on and address health issues that might negatively impact children prior to school and disadvantage them once enrolled.
Deadly Kindies is part of the unique IUIH System of Care, an evidence-based, systematic approach to the Indigenous-led delivery of accessible, efficient and comprehensive health and social support services.
The Deadly Kindies program commenced with a trial across three Community Controlled Health Service clinics in 2016 before expanding to all IUIH member clinics across South East Queensland.
In October 2018 Deadly Kindies launched in the Townsville region in partnership with the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service (TAIHS) and expanded further to Rockhampton in partnership with Bidgerdii Community Health Service (Bidgerdii).
South East Queensland:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Ltd (ATSICHS Brisbane)
Kalwun Development Corporation Ltd (Kalwun)
Kambu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health (Kambu)
Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health (Yulu-Burri-Ba)
Moreton Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (Moreton ATSICHS)
Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service (TAIHS)
57 Gorden Street Garbutt Qld 4814
(07) 4759 4000
Bidgerdii Community Health Service (Bidgerdii)
162 Bolsover Street Rockhampton
(07) 4930 4600
Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (Yarrabah)
1 Bukki Road, Yarrabah QLD 4871
(07) 4226 4100
Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre (Mareeba)
162-164 Walsh Street, Mareeba QLD 4880
(07) 4086 9200
In Queensland, an approved Kindy program is delivered by qualified early childhood teachers.
You know a Kindy program is approved if it uses the ‘Kindy tick’:
While any approved Kindy program is deadly – ATSICHS Brisbane (an Institute for Urban Indigenous Health member service) runs specific Deadly Kindies for families in Logan region in Brisbane. You can find out more at: www.deadlykindy.org.au