Australia backs world health leaders to make prevention of hearing loss a priority
Health leaders throughout the world have made Hearing an international priority at a meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
The World Health Assembly has voted to make hearing loss an international priority. Australia is among the many nations that called for a world-wide commitment to tackle the massive social and economic costs of hearing loss and ear disorders.
Let’s call on Australia’s Health Ministers to finish the job and make Hearing Health and National Health Priority.
Hearing loss is the second most common health condition experienced by Australians. It is more common than asthma, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
In Australia, an estimated 3.5 million people live with hearing loss and debilitating ear conditions.
Unless action is taken, the numbers will continue to rise as populations age and young people continue to engage in harmful listening practices.
It is estimated that hearing loss and ear conditions currently costs the Australian economy $15billion each year.
Unfortunately, the world’s health ministers missed an opportunity to be inclusive of people who communicate in sign language. They must not be left behind.
The supporters of Break The Sound Barrier campaign call on Australia’s state, territory and federal health ministers to act now to avoid the growing social and economic impacts of hearing loss.
Be part of the Break The Sound Barrier campaign to call on Australia’s state, territory and federal health ministers to make Hearing Health and Wellbeing a National Health Priority.
Send an email to your Health Minister. Here’s an example of what you might write:
It’s time to make Hearing Health and Wellbeing a National Health Priority in Australia.
The World Health Organization made hearing loss an international priority in 2017.
In Australia, an estimated 3.5 million people are affected.
Unless Australia’s health ministers take action now, the numbers will continue to rise as populations age and young people continue to engage in harmful listening practices.
Please make Hearing Health and Wellbeing a National Health Priority. We ask that you give it your support at the next meeting of the Council of Australian Governments Health Ministers.
Contact details for your health minister
Hon Jill Hennessy MP
Minister for Health, Victoria
Hon Cameron Dick MP
Minister for Health QLD
New South Wales
Hon Brad Hazzard MP
Minister for Health NSW
Ms Meegan Fitzharris MLA
Minister for Health ACT
Hon Jack Snelling MP
Minister for Health SA
Hon Roger Cook MLA
Deputy Premier, Minister for Health WA
Hon Michael Ferguson MP
Minister for Health Tasmania
Hon Natasha Fyles
Minister for Health NT
Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health
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