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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the forum about?
Advocacy is a vital pillar of support for those living with hearing loss. To be really effective in advocacy means a high level of understanding, engagement and collaboration. The Health Advocacy in Action forum will provide a place for hearing health consumer organisations to come together with experts and share insights on the hearing healthcare landscape in Australia. It will also involve professional groups and HCIA members.
The forum is essentially about building relationships and capabilities to help engage with government (State and Federal), the media and other advocacy groups. It will also provide an opportunity for those involved to agree on key issues facing hearing-impaired Australians to ensure they are well represented with government and the media.
Who is holding the forum, and why?
The Hearing Care Industry Association (HCIA) is holding the event. HCIA engages with government daily and it saw the need for those who work in hearing health to be more cohesive in their approach to government and to better manage the messages around hearing loss in the community.
Like others who work in this area, HCIA believes it should play an advocacy role to obtain meaningful solutions for those with hearing loss.
What does the HCIA hope to achieve by holding the forum?
We hope it will increase your advocacy efforts and build capacity and understanding to make your engagement even more effective. You will hear about successful campaigns in health advocacy and have the opportunity to meet your peers and share your experiences, good and bad.
What is The Hearing Care Industry Association?
HCIA was set up in 2007 and represents hearing healthcare providers in Australia. Its members fit about 60% of the hearing devices used in Australia. HCIA's clients are the core of its mission. It aims to help all Australians who suffer from hearing loss to achieve a better quality of life.
It also seeks to better inform policy development, increase awareness of the industry's value and provide a public voice on hearing-related matters. It works closely with government, the media, the public service, other professional bodies and the public.
HCIA's members are AudioClinic, Bay Audio, Connect Hearing, HearingLife Australia, National Hearing Care, Neurosensory and Widex Australia.
Who is paying for the forum?
HCIA is paying most of the costs. However, it sought financial contributions from the professional groups who are involved in hearing health and from The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC). All contributed without hesitation.
Who are the professional groups who are supporting the event?
There are five key supporters -
Audiological Society of Australia Inc.
The society pursues and promotes the knowledge and practice of audiology. Its members are university graduates with tertiary qualifications in audiology, and its professional standards of practice and code of ethics provide guidance for the profession of audiology.
Hearing Aid Audiometrist Society of Australia
Members are hearing aid audiometrists who have met the society's requirements and standards, which means they attended the TAFE NSW School of Biological Sciences at the Sydney Institute of Technology or The Open Training and Education Network. Members provide hearing tests, guidance in selecting and fitting hearing aids, and the latest in computer software programming. The society offers its members continuing professional education and members must abide by its code of ethics which set standards of professional integrity and practice.
Australian College of Audiology Inc.
The college's aim is to promote and develop the science and practice of hearing care by educating and supporting its members. Members are professional practitioners who provide hearing care throughout Australia. Competency is maintained through an audited continuing education program and its members abide by a code of ethics and are subject to a peer review process that is accessible to the public.
Hearing Aid Manufacturers and Distributors Association of Australia Inc.
The association was established to advance research and development in hearing aid technology; to increase public awareness of available hearing aid technology; to promote the importance and high standing of the hearing aid manufacturing and distribution industry to government and the public. Its members are GN ReSound Pty Ltd; Phoenix Hearing Instruments; Sonic Innovations; Widex Australia; Bernafon Australia Pty Ltd; Oticon Australia Pty Ltd; Phonak Pty Ltd; Starkey Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd; Evertone Pty Ltd.
The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre
The centre was funded in 2007 through the Federal Government's Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program. It is an internationally unique consortium of research, clinical and industry organisations, with five core and 21 support members. The centre and its members are dedicated to the common purpose of creating sound value through research – to prevent, and to better remediate, lost productivity resulting from hearing loss in children and adults. Its objectives are to enhance Australia's industrial, commercial and economic growth through an integrated, co-operative research program focused on preventing and mitigating hearing loss and, through education and commercialisation of research findings, to reduce the incidence of hearing loss and increase the effectiveness with which hearing loss is treated.
Where is the forum being held?
At The Grace Hotel at 77 York Street in Sydney.
Are all the sessions being held in the same place?
Yes, and there will be signs in the foyer letting you know where to go.
When does the forum begin?
The forum will begin at 5:45pm on Friday, 1 March 2013
What does the program look like?
See the agenda page of this website
Who are the key speakers?
We have invited The Hon. Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform. The Hon. Mark Butler is the Minister responsible for hearing issues and sits in the Federal Labor Cabinet.
Mike Wilson, the CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, who is one of Australia's most effective health advocates.
The Hon Michael Wooldridge, former Federal Health Minister for Health and Ageing, whose knowledge of healthcare, politics, processes and bureaucracy is unmatched. As the Federal Minister for Health, Mr Wooldridge was the portfolio minister responsible for establishing the hearing services program. He was also a member of the Federal Government Expenditure Review Committee for six Federal Budgets.
What are the breakout sessions about?
See the agenda page of this website
How much will it cost me to attend?
Your hotel accommodation will be paid for by HCIA as a result of the generous support of the professional bodies and The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre. All meals will be provided. You will be responsible for travel and incidental personal costs.
What is the dress code?
Smart, casual
Can I bring extra guests?
No. We have invited as many people as we could accommodate in the venue. There is no room for extra guests. That said, we have had interest from a number of people and have established a waiting list.
How do I accept?
Simply go to the contacts page on this website.
How did HCIA choose those people who have been invited?
HCIA reviewed the list of those who had made submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Hearing Health. It also sought the advice of the Deafness Forum and the ACT Deafness Resource Centre.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Contact Donna Staunton, the CEO of HCIA
When will I get more information?
More information will be sent to you before the event.

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