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Media Release

The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP

Minister for Aged Care

11 May 1999


Budget 1999—2000

Better Hearing Services Boost Quality of Life


Hearing services will benefit substantially from the 1999—2000 Federal Budget, with around $209 million over four years.


Aged Care Minister Bronwyn Bishop said “This reinforces the Federal Government’s commitment to provide ready access to high quality hearing services for eligible older Australians and others.”


A subsidised hearing program is run by the Government for the benefit of pensioners, part-pensioners, eligible veterans, and children and young adults under 21 years.


“Twenty-five per cent of Australians over 65 years of age have some form of hearing impairment. However, eligible Australians are able to benefit, at very little cost, from the high quality hearing services provided by the Government,” Mrs Bishop said.


“The additional funding will ensure that demand for vouchers for hearing services is met in a timely way, and that contracted service providers can continue to provide quality services.


“The ability to hear can make a profound difference to quality of life. The funding will allow an extra 67,000 eligible adult Australians each year to participate more frilly in family and community life by accessing quality hearing services they may not have afforded otherwise.


“As part of this additional funding, $12 million has been allocated over four years to ensure that quality hearing services continue to be provided to about 40,000 children and young adults under 21 years each year.”


Children and young adults under 21, eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, eligible clients with complex needs and eligible clients in remote areas will continue to receive quality hearing services as a Community Service Obligation from Australian Hearing Services.


Contact: John Wilson, (02) 6277 7280, 0412 437 317