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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (10 August) . .

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Motion agreed to.

Hearing Awareness Week

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.40): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Hearing Awareness Week is hosted by the members of the Deafness Forum of Australia and is an annual event to raise awareness in the community of hearing impairment and how to protect our hearing;

(b) Hearing Awareness Week runs each year in the last full week of August and it runs this year from 20 to 27 August;

(c) one in six Australians have a hearing health issue;

(d) hearing loss is projected to increase to one in every four Australians by 2050 with an ageing population; and

(e) people over the age of 65 do not have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) improve communication accessibility for Canberrans especially with respect to ACT Government material;

(b) improve employment opportunities for people with disability in the ACT Public Service, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing or have a chronic disorder of the ear; and

(c) consider methods to raise community awareness of hearing loss and ways to avoid it.

I am happy to talk today about Hearing Awareness Week, which is coming up at the end of August. It is an important week that raises awareness of hearing health issues in our community. I am very pleased to bring it to the attention of the Assembly today and welcome our interpreter, Mandy. The Canberra Liberals hope that those on the other side will support the motion today.

Hearing Awareness Week is hosted by members of the Deafness Forum of Australia. It is an annual event which raises awareness in the community of hearing loss and how to protect your hearing. It runs each year in the last full week of August, so this year it runs from 20 to 27 August.

In the ACT a lot of work relating to Hearing Awareness Week is organised by the ACT Deafness Resource Centre, a community organisation that does great work in


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