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Put your health first

Friday, 4th October, 2019

Colleen Riley finally made the move to get her hearing checked and is encouraging other women to do the same. PICTURE: Supplied Colleen Riley finally made the move to get her hearing checked and is encouraging other women to do the same. PICTURE: Supplied

Hearing Australia is urging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of all ages to celebrate the sounds they love by taking time to think about their hearing health.

For more than 30 years, Hearing Australia’s Outreach Program has been working to improve access to hearing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the building of strong community connections. 

Hearing Australia supports the needs of some 11,000 children and adults. 

More than 100 audiologists take part in its Outreach Program, reaching 230 urban, regional and remote communities. 

Local Colleen Riley finally got her hearing checked after many years of looking after the needs of others. After taking her dad, aged in his 70s, to the local Hearing Australia centre in Broken Hill for years, Colleen started to think about her own hearing.

Fifty-nine-year-old Colleen has been struggling with hearing loss since she was eight years of age due to a childhood injury. It went undetected and Colleen just got on with life, raising her three children and working for the last 20 years in the Aboriginal Services Unit of the local Department of Justice. 

She loves helping local people in need.

“Every day is different. I like being able to help people and their and families in need of various local services, for health, counselling, legal, financial support.”

Hearing is not often on most people’s agenda, but now Hearing Australia is encouraging women to put their health first and make changes to last a lifetime. This includes taking care of their hearing. 

“Hearing is an important part of life that helps keep people connected to the people and places they love,” said Catherine Hart, an audiologist at Hearing Australia.

“Good hearing plays a significant role in helping people stay active, happy and involved in the world around them.”

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