Our HAPEE Spokespersons
In 2021, we welcome Luke Carroll (Actor and Playschool Presenter) and Emma Donovan (Musician), who are both parents, as campaign spokespeople for HAPEE Ears For Early Years.
Gumbaynggirr, Dhungatti, Yamatji and Bibbulman woman, Emma Donovan wants to encourage other parents and carers to have their children’s ears checked regularly. Emma’s youngest child’s hearing loss was detected early.
“From birth, my daughter has had regular appointments with Hearing Australia,” she said.
“I had a lot of questions. I was a little bit frightened and I was unsure about things. What Hearing Australia did for me and my daughter was help us to understand more about her deafness and what kind of deafness it was.”
Wiradjuri man, acclaimed actor and father, Luke Carroll, has a similar message for parents and carers.
“I think it’s extremely important for kids to get their hearing checked. It helps with their speech and their growth as a young person.
“I know we get it done as babies and that’s done at the hospital. But it’s important for us to make sure our children’s hearing is checked regularly as they progress through life. This will help them grow as young healthy human beings.”
The Hearing Assessment Program is an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Health. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children not yet attending full time school are eligible to be seen. All services provided under this program are free of charge. A hearing check includes a number of age appropriate tests of hearing and middle ear function