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Local seminar for hearing impaired

Monday, 15th February, 2010

* NSW Minister for Disability Services Paul Lynch. * NSW Minister for Disability Services Paul Lynch.

A seminar will discuss new initiatives and services available for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired when it is held in Broken Hill in October. The Broken Hill and District Hearing Resource Centre seminar will be held from October 1 to 4. NSW Minister for Disability Services Paul Lynch said it would bring together health professionals, service providers and deaf and hearing-impaired people.

"It's a vital opportunity for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired to discuss the latest initiatives and services for people living in rural and remote areas," he said. "The seminar will also allow the local community to provide feedback to the service providers. Previous seminars were held in 1993 and 2001.

The BH and District Hearing Resource Centre provides support for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or who have an associated disorder of the ear. Mr Lynch said the Centre each year provided services for about 3000 people living in the bush. "The NSW Government provides about $65,000 each year to support the Centre," he said.

"That's because we recognise that people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment are entitled to quality services no matter where they live." The seminar is organised by Cath Bonnes AM, a member of the National Disability Advisory Council and former Chairman of the Deafness Forum of Australia.

Ms Bonnes was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 for her service to people with hearing impairments locally and on the national stage. In 2001, she was awarded the Centenary Medal for outstanding advocacy to government and providing support services for people with hearing loss.

The NSW government is providing $10,000 in funding to help stage the seminar which will be used to hire a venue and equipment, Auslan interpreters and help meet the travel and accommodation expenses of guest speakers.

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