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Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening

 

22 December 2016

Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening program extended to Whyalla, Ceduna and Point Pearce

Aboriginal children living in Whyalla, Ceduna and Point Pearce will benefit from a new ear health service to be delivered by Rural Doctors Workforce Agency’s Outreach program in 2017.

The Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening program is part of the RDWA’s Outreach suite of specialist health services provided to people living in regional and remote South Australia.

The program is funded by the Australian Government.

“We now have regular audiologist visits to provide services to Aboriginal children and young people,” said Rural Doctors Workforce Agency CEO, Lyn Poole.

“This service will make a 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,” she said.

The Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening program is operated throughout South Australia by the RDWA. The RDWA has partnered with the Women’s & Children’s Health Network’s, Children’s Audiology Service to deliver these services.

There are 12 specialist health providers including Ear Nose and Throat specialists, Audiologists, Child Health Nurses and Speech Pathologists who make regular visits to 18 locations across SA.

Since July 1, across the state, 686 children have had their ears assessed by a specialist, and 16 children have had life-changing surgery to restore or improve their hearing.

The specialist services can be accessed through:

  • Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service in Whyalla
  • Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service in Ceduna
  • Point Pearce Clinic at Point Pearce.

For further information please contact Lesley Johns at RDWA on 0412 583 577.