Hearing Australia action plan for improving ear health and hearing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (2022-2024)

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Improving ear health and hearing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially young children, is a key priority for Hearing Australia.  

We have developed a draft Action Plan, that has been informed by key knowledge holders and experts in hearing health care around the nation. This work builds on and amplifies actions in the Roadmap for Hearing Health (HHSC 2019), announcements made by Government as part of the 2020 Budget, and recent investments towards the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

The Action Plan is built on three pillars: 

  • Supporting national leadership to deliver a seamless and integrated hearing healthcare system 

  • Accelerating access to care by focussing on early identification of ear disease and hearing loss, and reducing wait times to specialist services 

  • Building sustainable capabilities within communities. 

By being open and transparent about our hopes and ambitions, we welcome partners in the sector to join us to make a significant difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, so they may grow healthy and ready to listen, yarn, learn and succeed. 

Thank you to individuals and organisations for providing feedback on our Draft Action Plan. Consultation has now closed. A final version of the Action Plan will be published on Hearing Australia’s website and shared with stakeholders in April 2022. For further information please contact us at prevention@hearing.com.au.

Click here to view the draft Action Plan: 2022-2024 Draft Action Plan for improving the ear health and hearing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children