Hearing Services Program Review - Draft Report

Closed 24 Jun 2021

Opened 20 May 2021

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On 14 August 2020, the Hon Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, announced a review into the Hearing Services Program.

An Independent Expert Panel comprising Professor Mike Woods (Chair) and Dr Zena Burgess is conducting the Review. The Expert Panel is supported by a Secretariat from the Department of Health.

Stakeholder and community consultation is a key part of the Review.  The first consultation included inviting submissions on the 2020 Consultation Paper and holding Expert Panel meetings with interested groups and individuals.  This Consultation Paper and the submissions can be viewed on the next page.

This second consultation includes seeking submissions on the Draft Review Report and virtual information sessions with the Expert Panel to discuss the report and its proposed recommendations.  This feedback will inform the finalisation of the Report before it is delivered to Minister Coulton in July 2021.

Review of the Hearing Services Program - Draft Report - June 2021

Addendum to the Draft Report - June 2021

Executive Summary and Recommendations - May 2021

Interested parties can provide feedback on the Draft Report via a short written submission (3 page limit) through the Consultation Hub.  Submissions may be uploaded in a PDF or Word version or directly into a text box within the form.

The submission should outline your or your organisation's overall opinion of the Draft Report and its recommendations. Please highlight any recommendations that you are concerned with and the reasons why. If you propose any alternative or additional recommendations please substantiate them with evidence or with an alternative analysis of the existing evidence.

At the conclusion of the Review, all submissions will be published on the Consultation Hub.  If you do not want your submission to be published and/or referenced in the Report, please select this option in the 'Privacy Consent' section.

Submissions close at noon AEST on Thursday, 24 June 2021 and must be made via the Consultation Hub.  Due to tight timeframes, late submissions and emailed submissions will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact hearing-review@health.gov.au. 

What happens next

This Consulation process has closed.  The Expert Panel is currently considering the submissions.


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