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First published Monday 19 February 2024.


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Please direct general enquiries to our reception on (08) 6319 1000.

Please direct media enquiries to our media team:

Bella Scaturro
Communications Specialist, Inklings
Phone: 0413 309 955

Amanda Lewis
Communications Specialist, CliniKids
Phone: 08 6319 1851 (office) or 0421 117 561 (mobile) 


About Inklings

  •  Inklings is a Telethon Kids Institute program for babies aged 6-18 months who are showing early differences in their social interaction and communication development.
  • Backed by more than a decade of rigorous research, Inklings uses short videos of a caregiver interacting with their baby to help them to beter understand the different ways that their baby communicates. With the guidance of a trained practitioner, caregivers will learn strategies to
    build on their own strengths as a responsive communication partner for their baby.
  • The Inklings Program is funded in Western Australia through the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as part of a new partnership between the NDIS, Telethon Kids Institute, Child and Adolescent Health Service and WA Country Health Service.
  • The 10-session Inklings Program is delivered fortnightly within six months. Inklings sessions are delivered in-clinic or via telehealth.
  • There are no out-of-pocket expenses for eligible families participating in Inklings in WA.
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About Telethon Kids Institute

Telethon Kids Institute is one of the largest and most successful medical research institutes in Australia. We've created a bold blueprint that brings together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, who share our vision to improve the health and wellbeing of children through excellence in research.

The Institute is headed by leading paediatrician and infectious diseases expert Professor Jonathan Carapetis, with Founding Director Professor Fiona Stanley now Patron.

Telethon Kids is independent and not-for-profit. The majority of funding comes from our success in winning national and international competitive research grants.  We also receive significant philanthropic support from corporate Australia and the community.