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Aussie Deaf Kids announces resignation of the Chair

18 June, 2020 Ann Porter

Aussie Deaf Kids Limited announces the resignation of Steve Pascoe from the Board of Directors. Mr Pascoe says, “I had hoped to step down at our AGM in November later this year, but unfortunately these last few months has made me realise that I will need to step down sooner than I anticipated.” Mr Pascoe has been a Director since 2013 and Chair since November 2014. The CEO of the organisation, Ann Porter AM, says, “I am sorry to see Mr Pascoe leave the Board but understand his decision. He has overseen a productive period in the life of Aussie...

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Hearing Services from July 1.

05 June, 2020 Ann Porter

Hearing services provided by the Government to eligible people will change on 1 July 2020. The National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Australian Government’s Hearing Services Program will have different roles in providing supports to people with hearing loss. They will work together from 1 July to make sure that quality hearing services continue to be available to people of all ages. To do this there have been some changes, while other things remain the same.   For more information  The future of hearing services Your hearing services

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Aussie Deaf Kids and You

04 June, 2020 Ann Porter

We would love to hear your thoughts! Please complete the survey and give us feedback about the services provided by Aussie Deaf Kids. Your thoughts and ideas will help us improve the online information and support Aussie Deaf Kids provides to families whose children have a hearing loss. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you so much for your time! Take the survey:

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Hearing Services arrangements from 1 July 2020

03 May, 2020 Ann Porter

The Government has announced its arrangements for NDIS funded hearing services to commence on 1 July 2020. Before this announcement, advocates were concerned that consumers would not be given adequate time to prepare for changes, should they be introduced. A Government taskforce announced these arrangements after consultations with Deafness Forum, Aussie Deaf Kids, Parents of Deaf Children, UsherKids and other organisations. CHILDREN 0-26 YEARS There is no change to the way that infants, children and young adults aged 0 to 26 years access hearing services.  Hearing and communication programs including device fitting and maintenance will be provided through the Community...

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Crisis looms in children’s hearing care

01 April, 2020 Ann Porter

Key organisations in the hearing health sector do not believe that the NDIS and the sector is ready move to new funding arrangements and to a contestable market for the delivery of hearing services to children on 1 July 2020, particularly during this major health crisis. It is clear that there is still much to be done to ensure children are able to access quality hearing services under the new arrangements, and it is highly unlikely that the work can be achieved in the time remaining, particularly in the current environment. This decision must be reversed. The Government must not...

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