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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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Greens launch new initiative to cut hearing loss

The Australian Greens have today announced a broad new initiative to improve support for the growing number of people with hearing loss.

"One in six Australians suffers from some degree of hearing loss, and this number is expected to increase to one in four by 2050," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disabilities 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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Senate Inquiry into Palliative Care


Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (17:42): I present the report of the Community Affairs References Committee on palliative care in Australia, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and documents presented to the committee. 

Senator SIEWERT: I move: That the Senate take note of the report. 

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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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Senate calls on Government to commit to Youth in Communities

The Senate has today supported an Australian Greens motion recognising the success of the Youth in Communities (YIC) program.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today that YIC has shown strong, positive outcomes for youth in central Australia.

“Courage Partners, in their report on YIC service provider survey findings has identified improved school attendance, reduced substance misuse and reduced involvement in the criminal justice system as a result of the program,” said Senator Siewert.

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