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Minister welcomes new managing director and board appointees for Australian Hearing

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Minister welcomes new managing director and board appointees for Australian Hearing

30 July 2013

The Labor Government is pleased to announce key appointments to the board of Australian Hearing, the world's leading provider of care to children and eligible adults with hearing impairment.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas welcomed the appointment of a new Managing Director, Mr Bill Davidson and two new appointees Ms Sandra Andersen and Ms Glenise Coulthard to the Australian Hearing Board today.

The appointees bring a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to Australian Hearing, Senator McLucas said.

"I believe each appointee brings the right mix of skills and experience to guide Australian Hearing over the coming years," Senator McLucas said.

"I am pleased these appointments also work towards Labor's commitment to strike a representative balance of gender and geography on Government boards," Senator McLucas said.

Mr Davidson joins the board having extensive executive and leadership experience across both the public and private sectors and currently serves as the chief executive of Job Futures Limited, one of the country's largest employment service providers.

Senator McLucas said the new Directors Ms Andersen and Ms Coulthard also possess significant knowledge and expertise that complement existing Australian hearing structures.

Ms Andersen has a diverse background in business including financial services, digital technologies and healthcare and is currently the Principal of Andersen & York Financial Consulting.

Ms Coulthard, an indigenous woman from South Australia, is currently Acting Executive Director of the Aboriginal Health Directorate, Country Health Australia and has extensive experience in the healthcare sector specialising in Indigenous health.

Senator McLucas thanked outgoing Managing Director Mr Steven Grundy for his contribution to Australian Hearing since 2008. Over this time, Mr Grundy has overseen an expansion in Australian Hearing across the country and leaves the organisation in a strong position.

Mr Kim Keogh and Dr Kelvin Kong have also made valuable contributions as Directors to Australian Hearing.

Senator McLucas also congratulated Mrs Swati Dave and the Hon Michael Knight AO on their reappointment for a second three year term as Directors.

Australian Hearing is a Commonwealth agency, which is a world leader in the care of children and eligible adults with hearing issues.

The Labor Government has made strong commitments to investing in health particularly for regional Australians since coming to Government in 2007 by opening an additional 39 Australian hearing centres, with 25 of these additional sites in regional areas.

"Hearing loss affects one in six Australians - and by 2050, it will be one in four. That's why we provide free hearing services for many of our most vulnerable citizens.

"Modern hearing devices can help improve health, relationships and emotional wellbeing," Senator McLucas said.

Labor committed $63.25 million to Australian Hearing for 2013-14 in the May Budget, an increase from $60.69 million in 2012-13.