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Date posted: 13 May 2010
The Senate Community Affairs References Committee has tabled its report about hearing health. The report, Hear Us: Inquiry into Hearing Health in Australia focuses on the prevalence of hearing loss in Australia and the issues faced by those who are hearing impaired. These issues include access and services, educational opportunities and lack of support in the criminal justice system.
The issues most commonly raised with the committee concern access and services. The Committee has made a number of recommendations to address these issues. The evidence shows there is a crisis in Indigenous ear and hearing health in Australia with Indigenous people suffering ear disease and hearing loss up to ten times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians. The committee makes a number of recommendations which, if implemented, will address many of the issues raised during the inquiry.
Please note in the report in relation to the EarInfoNet:
Recommendation 30 (chapter eight):
The committee recommends that the Department of Health and Ageing work with state and territory health agencies to provide funding to support the continuation, promotion and expansion of the Ear Health Infonet.
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