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Managing Director of Australian Hearing announces resignation.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig Minister for Human Services

Wednesday 23 July 2008

Managing Director of Australian Hearing announces resignation

After more than six years as Managing Director of Australian Hearing, Ms Anthea Green will depart the organisation in October 2008 to take on the role of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Shepherd Centre, a provider of early

intervention programs for deaf and hearing-impaired children.

Announcing Ms Green’s resignation, Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig, applauded her achievement in positioning Australian Hearing as one of the largest and most successful hearing service providers in the world.

“Anthea has made an enormous contribution to Australian Hearing over the past seven years, six of which were as Managing Director,” he said.

Senator Ludwig said Australian Hearing’s strong financial performance and enhanced clinical management were a testament to Anthea’s leadership.

“She has led the organisation through significant growth from 70 to 96 hearing centres, from a deficit to sustained high levels of profitability and strong commercial success in a highly competitive market1,” Senator Ludwig said.

Ms Green will be commencing her new role in November 2008, which will also provide her with opportunity to accept a limited number of directorships.

“The new role with The Shepherd Centre offers me a wonderful opportunity to continue to work in the hearing industry and provide a social contribution while at the same time restructure my career to a meaningful but more balanced set of

responsibilities,” Ms Green said.

“While it will be difficult to leave my role as Managing Director of Australian Hearing, a position I have enjoyed immensely, I am very proud of what the organisation and its people have achieved in transforming to a more commercial organisation while at the same time preserving its service orientated strengths.”

“My mission was to leave Australian Hearing stronger, more robust and ready for future challenges and I will look forward to seeing its continued success and dedication of its staff to be the best in the field,” she said.

Australian Hearing Chairman, Kathryn Greiner, will be overseeing the transition to and selection of a new Managing Director.

1 Since 2002, Australian Hearing’s revenue has grown 57 per cent and Earnings before Interest Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) has increased from 6 per cent to 12 per cent.

Ms Greiner said that while she regretted Anthea’s departure, the Board of Australian Hearing supported her decision to move into a new role where she could continue to bring leadership to the hearing industry, while at the same time managing other projects and directorships.

“Anthea leaves behind a strong and lasting legacy at Australian Hearing. The Board wishes her every success as she moves into this new role at The Shepherd Centre and develops her directorships.”

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Media Contacts Joe Scavo, Senator Ludwig’s office 0413 800 757 Rena Richmond, Australian Hearing 0408 863 201

About Australian Hearing To be eligible to receive services under the Hearing Services Program a person must be: • An Australian pensioner concession cardholder or their dependant.

• A Dept of Veterans’ Affairs gold or white repatriation cardholder (specifically for war-related hearing loss) or their dependant. • A sickness allowance recipient or their dependant. • Referred clients of an Australian Government funded vocational rehabilitation

service. • A member of the Australian Defence Forces. • An Australian citizen or permanent resident under 21 years of age. • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 50 years or over, or who are

current participants of a Community Development Employment Program, or who were participating in this program between 1 Dec 2005 and 30 Jun 2008.

Australian Hearing delivers services at 96 permanent sites and more than 257 visiting sites around the country and is an industry leader in hearing rehabilitation, technology development and education.

About The Shepherd Centre The Shepherd Centre is a charity which began in 1970 helping deaf and hearing-impaired children learn to listen and speak so they can reach their individual potential.