Deafness Forum Australia

World Hearing Day in Australia

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Deafness Forum is the peak citizen body for people in Australia who are hard of hearing and their families.
www.deafnessforum.org.au
We arranged two high-profile events to mark World Hearing Day in 2024.
The first was a national Indigenous Peoples Summit to address critical issues in Healthcare Access and Delivery for Indigenous communities. It was led by and involved health and community leaders from Aboriginal communities throughout the nation. It was attended by senior government officers responsible for Hearing Care services and for Indigenous populations.
Read the communique: https://www.deafnessforum.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Meeting-Communique-Addressing-Aboriginal-and-Torres-Strait-Islander-Hearing-Healthcare-MAR-2024.pdf

A second event was Professor Kelvin Kong’s presentation to an audience at the nation’s Parliament House. Prof Kong is Australia’s first indigenous ENT surgeon and an inspiring advocate for hearing health.
His address was introduced by the Australian Government Minister for Health and attended by a dozen of the country’s senior politicians and bureaucrats.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/nScfQzfrtAM
Photos: https://www.deafnessforum.org.au/photos-from-2024/

Live event: Yes
Screening: No
Traditional media: Yes
Social media: Yes
Met with individual policymakers: Yes
Participation of policymakers: Yes
Participation of influencers: Yes

WHO educational or publicity material used: Yes


Prof Kelvin Kong gives his address on Indiegnous Healthcare.


Australia’s Health Minister (left) with Prof Kelvin Kong.


Prof Kong with Indigenous Healthcare leaders.


Deafness Forum Australia’s Board and Staff.

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