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The Government today launched the Remote hearing and vision services for children initiative, to be delivered through the the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The online video-based initiative will improve access to qualified allied health and education services for families and children with disabilities in regional and remote communities, where such expertise may otherwise be scarce.
The initiative will deliver services to about 125 additional children in regional and remote Australia, building on the 100 children already supported. It will enable children with vision and hearing impairments to access 'real time' support and advice online. For example, a child in a remote area will be able to meet with a speech pathologist in Brisbane and have a therapy session online via video conference.
'This will make a real difference in the lives of children with disability and help reduce the stress and pressures on families trying to access specialist services that are only available in large towns and cities,' said Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin.