Video conferencing technology unveiled in Burnie

Sid Sidebottom MP, Heather Wilson a speech pathologist from the Autism Centre and Burnie Mayor Alvwyn Boyd connect for the first time

Sid Sidebottom MP, Heather Wilson a speech pathologist from the Autism Centre and Burnie Mayor Alvwyn Boyd connect for the first time

Burnie City Council today launched video conferencing links at its Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre launched by Sid Sidebottom MP.

Using high speed wireless broadband, the Burnie Autism Centre will now be able to connect with satellite centres in Smithton and Devonport with a click of a button.

Sid Sidebottom MP said, “This technology will allow specialists to provide instant support to staff at the satellite centres. The high bandwidth will allow for high definition video conferencing, which is important for specialists to deliver required support.”

Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said, “As far as we are aware this is the first time in Australia that this type of technology has been used in childcare centres to assist children with autism.”
This initiative has been made possible due to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

The autism centre in Burnie officially opened in June 2010 as one of the first purpose built autism specific early learning care centres, outside of capital cities, leading the way for regional Australia.

The centre employs six specialist staff, including an early childhood education teacher, psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists to work alongside five trained child educators.

“It’s wonderful to be able to support Tasmanian families with a child with autism. This technology will help provide the best care and professional advice no matter what centre your child is in. Technology really is amazing isn’t it?” he said.

Mayor Boyd said that the Council was also looking forward to Burnie joining the National Broadband Network.

“This will then allow us to provide even greater support to more families, including support in their own home.”

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net