Parent groups in Australia, including Parents of Deaf Children, Aussie Deaf Kids and Canberra Deaf Children’s Association, are campaigning against the proposed sale of the country’s national hearing service.
Australia Hearing was set up in 1947 to provide hearing services to deaf and hearing impaired Australians, including children affected by rubella. The proposal is part of an extensive sale of assets agreed as part of the 2014 budget.
Approximately 1 per 1000 babies born in Australia is identified with a permanent bilateral sensorineural hearing loss through newborn hearing screening, around 500 babies across Australia each year. As many as 40% of these children have complex needs.