Media release – ACT helps Break the Sound Barrier
Australia’s largest hearing health campaign Break the Sound Barrier today urged Canberrans to sign a national petition calling on Commonwealth, state and territory governments to make hearing health a national health priority.
The petition launched in Hearing Awareness Week (August 21-28).
Deafness Forum of Australia Chair, David Brady, will meet ACT Legislative Assembly members today urging them to help put hearing on the national health agenda.
The meeting will follow the ACT Silent Sports Challenge at Reconciliation Park.
Mr Brady said hearing loss affects one in six Australians and causes more disease burden than alcohol dependence, Parkinson’s Disease and melanoma.
“Hearing loss is expected to affect one in four people by 2050 but it’s not one of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas, which receive funding for education, services, and research,” he said.
“It means children are falling through the gaps at school; people with chronic and debilitating conditions such as tinnitus are not being given hope of a cure; and family budgets straining to cope with the cost of devices such as hearing aids that they need to work and contribute to our community.
Mr Brady said all state and territories need to agree through COAG to add hearing health to the list of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas, which has not been revised since 2012.
eople who are deaf or have hearing loss and more public education about the need to look after our hearing.
“We’re hoping all parties will now help make the ACT the first state or territory to publicly support making hearing health and well being one of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas to secure better support, research and education for thousands of Canberrans.”
Break the Sound Barrier has for the first time united not for profit organisations, hearing professionals, commercial partners and people from across Australia to call for better supports, services and community education about hearing health.