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Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in East Timor

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) organizes ENT medical teams to travel to Timor Leste with an aim to improving ear health in adults and children. High rates of significant hearing loss exist in Timor but there are few, if any support services for the hearing impaired. Hearing aids, where available, are extremely expensive and out of reach for most people.

This year audiologists travelling to Timor have begun a program of fitting second hand hearing aids in good working order to a small number of adults and children. In support of this scheme, Broadway Audiology is asking for donations of any working behind-the-ear hearing aids you may no longer wear, so that this service can continue. The hearing aids will be checked and sent to Timor for fitting by an audiologist travelling with the medical team. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

The Hearing Nepal Program

The Hearing NEPAL Program has grown since 2009 out of an association between Australian and Nepali people with a like-minded wish to relieve the suffering surrounding ear disease and hearing loss.

The focus of the Program, which continues to grow and evolve, is presently on primary ear care, education and rehabilitation.

This is only possible through partnership with the Nepali organisation Nepal Association of the Hard of hearing (NAHOH) which provides the essential expertise for primary ear examination, follow-up and referral, as well as culturally-appropriate guidance on the way services are delivered.

The challenges of providing these services, especially to those living in remote villages (which comprise a large percentage of Nepal’s population) have been many, however with ever-growing support and determination of the team members, these are being overcome.

On an ongoing basis, HearingNEPAL supports a weekly primary ear care clinic in the Kathmandu Valley as well as outreach camps to disadvantaged areas.

Several remote Ear Camps are undertaken every year, with the results of each trip reported on the website ( see below link)

With the goal of developing a sustainable program for the people in Nepal, formal partnerships have been developed between the HearingNEPAL Program Inc. and NAHOH, Kopan Monastery and other Nepali associations.

The HearingNEPAL Program Inc. itself has evolved and is in the process of obtaining charitable status and AusAID recognition as a Donor Gift Recipient, which will facilitate further fundraising. Monetary donations to enable continuation of this work can be made via the website    www.hearingnepal.org

There is an ongoing need for further resources in the form of hearing aids and assistive devices to offer to those who require them.

How can you help?

Donations of used BTE hearing aids or personal amplifiers can be made by sending to:

HearingNEPAL Program

PO Box 599

Cannonvale   QLD  4802

The Veronica James Science Challenge for Hearing Impaired Children

The Veronica James Science Challenge for Hearing Impaired Children is an annual event which aims to teach children with hearing impairments about science – especially interesting and useful science. These children are sometimes unjustifiably left out of normal education processes because of the assumed difficulties in communicating with them.

The challenge is not only for gifted science students – rather it is an opportunity for hearing impaired students of all abilities to explore and get excited about the world of science.

The camp has been running since 1985 and until 2000 was organised by Dr Veronica James. Due to her need to pursue her important breast cancer research internationally, she no longer has the time to organise the camp. It has taken her name in honour of the huge amount of time and effort she has donated to it over the years – until 2000 Dr James was the Camp for the Hearing Impaired, organising everything from the activities and handbook to the material donations to the awards on the last day.

The main aim of the camp is to show the children (and their parents!) that a hearing disability is not an insurmountable barrier to a full and interesting life, including an unrestricted career. This is especially obvious and practical to demonstrate in the world of science.

The camps have always depended on a large number of volunteers (almost as many as the number of students attending the camp) to run all the activities, so if you’d like to help, please email vjsciencechallenge@yahoo.com.au

As well as providing general information about the camp, this web site is designed to be a starting point for its students to explore the internet. Becoming familiar with the internet is just as important for hearing impaired children as it is for perfectly hearing children, for a huge variety of reasons. Apart from the common truths of the increasing penetration and huge job market growing around the internet, perhaps the most important reason is that hearing impairments, like age, race and sex, are undetectable where text is the primary method of communication – so these children are guaranteed unbiased treatment, just like everybody else.

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