Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton believes a new collaboration between the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and Hearing Australia will offer major benefits for remote communities in his electorate.
“Through this new collaboration between the RFDS and Hearing Australia, innovative hearing screening tools will be adopted and rolled out across Australia as part of RFDS primary health care clinics to remote areas,” Mr Coulton said.
“This national rollout follows successful trials conducted by the RFDS and Hearing Australia in the Broken Hill region in 2019. It will see additional, innovative hearing screening tools, training and hearing referral pathways across Australia over the next year.
“I’m pleased that this new collaboration will make a real difference to the lives of people across Australia, including in Western New South Wales.”
Mr Coulton said it was important for communities to receive a high standard of healthcare, irrespective of their location.
“Thanks to this collaboration, RFDS clinicians across the country will be equipped with cutting-edge tools, developed by the internationally-recognised research division of Hearing Australia, the National Acoustic Laboratories, to help identify young children who may have hearing problems,” he said.
“This rollout will see an iconic Australian service equipped with world-leading home-grown technology to help Australians in the bush, ensuring they get the care they need.”
For more information about Hearing Australia, visit www.hearing.com.au
Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, along with the RFDS, during a recent visit to Dubbo.