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10 February 2017
Ceduna kids benefit from Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening
Aboriginal children living near Ceduna are benefitting from an ear health clinic established through RDWA’s Outreach suite of visiting specialist health services.
In a first for Ceduna, a hearing clinic was conducted this week with specialist audiologists conducting hearing tests for local Aboriginal children.
Hearing issues in Aboriginal communities are among the highest in the world. Treatment is relatively simple and can have positive life-changing effects.
The program, Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening is funded by the Australian Government and is delivered by the RDWA in partnership with health services in Ceduna, the Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service and the GP Plus medical clinic and also with the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.
“We have two visiting audiologists providing services to young Aboriginal people in Ceduna,” said Rural Doctors Workforce Agency CEO, Lyn Poole.
“This service will make a real difference to the lives of those young people, and that’s exactly what the RDWA Outreach program is about - delivering specialists services to people who live in country regions. We also make sure the services delivered are done so in a culturally appropriate way, that’s why we partner with Aboriginal Community Controlled health services, in this case Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service,” said Ms Poole.
The hearing clinics, which will be held on a monthly basis, are able to refer to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist who also visits Ceduna regularly through the RDWA Outreach programs.
“The RDWA has been working hard to ensure that specialist services are put into areas of need and that the work that is done actually makes a difference to people’s lives,” said Ms Poole.
For further information please contact Lesley Johns at RDWA on 0412 583 577.