HEARING health should be made a National Health Priority Area, according to a report that found there was an 18-month waiting list for the ear, nose and throat surgeon in Mildura.
The report, titled Still Waiting to be Heard, was released this week with its 22 recommendations, including a review of hearing services for aged care residents, improvements to care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and developing a hearing loss prevention program for agricultural communities.
Committee chair Trent Zimmerman said the inquiry followed a report in 2010 tabled by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, titled Hear Us: Inquiry into Hearing Health in Australia.
“While some of its recommendations have been implemented, many have not,” Mr Zimmerman said.
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