The successfulCommunity Hearing Worker program has been expanded to include a Families asFirst Teachers site in Palmerston.
The PalmerstonChild and Family Centre in Farrar is the fourth site to begin operating underthe expansion of the program to Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek and AliceSprings in 2019.
The TerritoryLabor Government committed $2.4m over four years to the program which is alsooperating in Ngukurr, Gunbalanya, Galiwinku and Maningrida.
The HearingHealth Partnership between the Departments of Health and Education is designedto educate families about how early identification, intervention andmanagement can help reduce potential hearing loss.
The program also playsa critical role in helping families understand the importance ofgood ear health to learning and childhood development.
Quotes Attributed to Minister forChildren and Chief Minister Michael Gunner
We know howcritical good ear health is to the prevention of hearing loss and thedevelopment of good language skills.
Being aparent doesnt come with an instruction manual so the Hearing HealthPartnership is a way that we can support families to improve the lives of thenext generation of Territorians.
Integratinghealth workers at FaFT sites is an investment in our childrens future.
Quotes attributed to Minister for HealthNatasha Fyles:
Good earhealth is vital to a childs development and this Territory governmentunderstands this.
We haveallocated $2.4 million over four years for this program because we believeinvesting in our kids is not only the smart thing to do, its the right thingto do.