In 2019-20, Hearing Australia worked with local communities to care for more than 10,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults across Australia. To highlight the work done through their hearing loss prevention programs, which are a core focus of the organisation, Hearing Australia collaborated with Aboriginal artist Davinder Hart to create a unique design that reflects the importance of celebrating sound and storytelling.
Davinder Hart is an Aboriginal artist who was born in Perth, Western Australia. His family roots connect from Bibbulmun & Katanning in the south west region of the Noongar people. With knowledge passed down from his uncles and aunties he’s able to tell stories through his paintings. His paintings reveal the traditional lessons that show the morals, ethics and values as well as his own personal lessons along his cultural journey.
The story behind the artwork
The design is titled The Spirit of Sound and the story behind the painting is that the three circles represent Music, Dance and Mother Earth.
“Sound is so important to myself and to Indigenous people”, says Davinder, “Hearing the sounds of the didge, clap sticks and the thump of feet dancing in time and feeling it vibrate through the ground, it transcends the physical and evokes a feeling deep down in my soul of belonging. It is an echo of my ancestors flowing through time and telling the stories of my people. Sound is a way of sharing and passing down knowledge from generation to generation to ensure the survival of a culture deeply connected to the earth. This is why it’s so important that our people take care of their hearing health throughout their lifetime” Davinder says, “I encourage everyone to care for and value their hearing and to reach out if you need help so you can celebrate the joy of sound and stay connected to your loved ones and what matters most.”
Our commitment to prevention
At Hearing Australia, we are passionate about our mission to prevent avoidable hearing loss. We are proud of the work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to empower and support great hearing health outcomes through our outreach programs like the Hearing Assessment Early Ears program (HAPEE) and our PLUM and HATS tools
One third of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children have ear & hearing problems+ which can affect their ability to listen, learn and connect with others. The Hearing Assessment Program is an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Health, which aims to reduce the long-term effects of ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. We offer this free service for children aged 0 - 6 years and not yet attending full time school across the country as the program is now expanded to care for more communities in urban and regional areas.
We encourage everyone to take the first step and have your hearing checked so you can celebrate the joy of sound and stay connected to your loved ones.
+Health, A.G.D. of (2019). Roadmap for Hearing Health - Hearing Health Sector Committee. [online] www1.health.gov.au. [Accessed Sep. 2020].