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Australian hearing services board announced by Staples

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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.

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Parliament House, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

2 November 1992 PS369/92


Membership of the Board of Australian Hearing Services (AHS) was announced today by the Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples.

The seven-member Board is to be chaired by Mr Christopher Cullen, President of the Children's Medical Research Foundation, a Director of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, and a Director of the Royal Blind Society of NSW.

"The experience of Mr Cullen and his colleagues - in business and in medical and hearing impairment services - will be invaluable in providing AHS with direction as it faces an exciting and challenging future," Mr Staples said.

"A feature of the Board is its strong consumer representation - co-operation with consumer groups being vital to a body such as AHS which is so client-focused."

AHS provides hearing services to more than 200,000 clients - predominantly pensioners and children - through its Australia-wide network of 48 permanent hearing centres. There are also 65 visiting centres in rural and remote areas.

AHS was established on 1 July this year as a statutory body. Previously it was known as the National Acoustic Laboratories, and has operated as a Commonwealth program for more than 40 years.

"The establishment of AHS provides many advantages," Mr Staples said.

"We now have a service unsurpassed anywhere in the world, offering up-to-date technology, and managed expertly under the direction of a top-class Board."

In addition to Mr Cullen, the Board comprises:

Dr Desmond Power, Deputy Dean, Division of Education at Griffith University, Queensland.

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Ms Libby Harricks, Vice-President of the Australian Deafness Council and President of Self Help for Hard of Hearing.

Dr Victor Bear, an ENT specialist and past President of the Australian Deafness Council.

Ms Edith Morgan, chairperson of the Victorian Consumer Forum for the Aged.

Mr Glenn Rees, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health, Housing and Community Services.

Mr Philip Bert, General Manager of Australian Hearing Services.

Contact: Peter Nolan (06) 289 7223