The HAPEE program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health. It was developed following consultation between Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service representatives, the Department of Health, key people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hearing health sector and Hearing Australia. The program is run on a national basis and links with, or complements, existing community programs.
It provides free diagnostic hearing assessments and follow-up treatment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from 0-6 years of age who do not yet attend full time school.
HAPEE engages with primary care clinics, early education providers, communities, and families with children to:
provide diagnostic hearing assessment and follow-up treatment;
strengthen management of ear health in primary care; and
increase community awareness about the importance of ear and hearing health.
Specific programs are established at the invitation of interested communities and/or health or early childhood services in urban, regional and remote locations across Australia. They operate through Aboriginal community-controlled health services (ACCHSs), government clinics, other mainstream primary care clinics and with interested early education providers.
Additionally, appointments can be made in a number of Hearing Australia centres nationally. Phone appointments are also available.
As an integral part of the program, Hearing Australia provides support to local services to develop hearing assessment clinics in partnership with the organisation. Its audiologists can up-skill primary care and early childhood services staff during outreach visits.
If you would like to find out more about how HAPEE can work with your services or provide up-skilling and training to primary helath and early childhood education workers reach out to the HAPEE team at HAPEE@hearing.com.au
To get your free* hearing check call us on 134 432 or email the HAPEE team at HAPEE@hearing.com.au
Give your kids HAPEE ears today.