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Greens announce new investment in palliative care

Recognising the importance of palliative care, the Australian Greens have announced a new initiative to help ensure people's care choices can be respected and their pain and suffering minimised.

"Discussions about palliative care can be very difficult and challenging, but if we avoid it, family and friends may not know enough about our wishes to ensure we get the care we want," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing said today.

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New HEARingCRC module to boost remote hearing services

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens disability spokesperson has today joined with members of the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre to launch their new cochlear implant training module, which will boost remote hearing health services.

"This is an amazing project that promises to help many Australians living in rural, regional and remote parts of the country. I am so pleased that such an important announcement is coming during Hearing Awareness Week," Senator Siewert said today.

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Focus On Hearing Health

1 in 6 Australians suffer from some degree of hearing loss, expected to increase to 1 in 4 by 2050. Hearing loss hurts people in education, employment and social situations, and costs Australia almost $12 billion a year.

A Parliamentary inquiry found in 2009 that hearing health was not a national priority. The Greens want to change that. That's why we're announcing our $368.2 million hearing health plan, to put it on the agenda this Hearing Awareness Week.

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New intervention measures are based on the wrong approach

As it introduces new intervention measures in the Northern Territory, the Government is keen to talk about the effectiveness of existing policies in tackling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.

Reports with glossy pages and matching colour schemes cannot hide the reality that the programs they discuss are costly, ineffective and are not based on sound evidence.

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Hip patients exposed to ‘intolerable’ circumstances

Rachel Siewert 22 Nov 2011

The Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee says they were shocked by the intolerable and unacceptable experiences of patients who received the DePuy hip and hip resurfacing system. 

The Committee has reported on the Inquiry into the Regulatory Standards for the Approval of Medical Devices.

"There are approximately 5500 Australians who have received the DePuy or ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement and their experiences were a major focus of the Inquiry," Committee chairperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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