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Helping our children hear Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

21 May 2013

Sydney residents will benefit from the latest hearing research and technology, with one of Australian Hearing's centres officially being opened today at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas joined staff and clients at the Australian Hearing Hub's centre to mark the occasion.

Speaking at the event, Senator Jan McLucas said the Australian Hearing Macquarie University hearing centre was a testament to what public services should be.

"For nearly ten years, the staff of Australian Hearing have provided excellent services at their premises in Chatswood West. Now this state-of-the-art centre at the Australian Hearing Hub will meet the demand of the community," Senator McLucas said.

An initiative of Macquarie University, the Australian Hearing Hub brings some of the country's best hearing and allied health organisations together with one of the country's leading research universities to collaborate on world-leading research projects.

The Australian Hearing Macquarie University Hearing Centre specialises in hearing health for children and young adults and their new convenient location makes it easier for their clients to visit both their centre and their hearing partners such as Cochlear, The Shepherd Centre and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children as they are all located in the same building.

"It is great to meet so many people here today whose lives have been changed by the services delivered by Australian Hearing," Senator Jan McLucas said.

Mrs Agatha Janczuk, mother of Alexander who has a hearing impairment, spoke of her experience with the service.

"Australian Hearing has been a constant in our journey of raising a child with a hearing impairment. When our son was diagnosed we didn't know anything about deafness, so knowing that there is one place, Australian Hearing, that we can go for everything from hearing tests to hearing equipment, repairs and advice has been a great source of stability in an otherwise uncertain time."

Senator McLucas said it was important for people to have a regular check and make sure they are in good hearing health.

"Hearing loss affects one in six Australians and the numbers are growing."

"If anyone is concerned about their hearing, I encourage them to contact their local Australian Hearing centre who offer eligible adults free hearing checks."

Australian Hearing is a leading provider of hearing services for children, young adults, pensioners, veterans and Indigenous people in the community.

For more information about Australian Hearing visit[6] or call 131 797.