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Remote hearing and vision services for children was a federally funded pilot project that provided children in remote areas, who have hearing and/or vision impairment, with access to therapy, counselling, diagnostic services, technological assistance and education support via videoconferencing. The project was designed to take advantage of the new National Broadband Network (NBN), and it delivered qualified allied health and education services where such expertise may otherwise have been scarce.
The initiative was funded by the Department of Social Services for $4.9 million over three years. It was administered by VidKids (a consortium made up of members of the First Voice national service network, Deaf Children Australia, VisAbility and Vision Australia.)
Abstract adapted from Vision Australia
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