WA leading the world in ear and hearing health

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As Perth businessman George Jones AM settles the final payment for WA’s newest $20 million hearing health facility in Subiaco, the state has actively demonstrated its overriding effort to lead the world in the latest ear and hearing practices.

In collaboration with the University of Western Australia, WA not-for-profit Ear Science Institute Australia will proudly host a delegation of East Javanese officials, doctors and ear nose and throat surgeons at its world-class hearing research and clinic facility, the George Jones Family Centre, on 21 June.

Ear Science Institute Australia director and noted Ear Surgeon, Winthrop Professor Marcus Atlas, said the visit would work to improve early identification and intervention for children with hearing difficulties in East Java.

“Our objective is to encourage delegates to study the services provided to deaf and hearing-impaired children in Western Australia, with a view to applying this knowledge within their own region,” Professor Atlas said.

“This will work to grow and improve hearing health care and early identification and intervention for deaf and at-risk children in East Java.

“It is just one example of reach Ear Science Institute Australia, the University of Western Australia, and the state’s wider audiological hospitals have created in leading hearing health education and practices across the South-East Asian region.”

Professor Atlas said the seminar would review how to establish new educational audiology programs in East Java, along with how to set up referral systems to ensure early identification and intervention for people with hearing impairment, and how to set up a sustainable hearing device supply program.

“At present there are no audiologists in East Java, but with a population of 40 million people, the audiological needs of the province are very high,” Professor Atlas commented.

The East Javanese educational session will coincide with WA businessman and Ear Science Institute Australia Trustee, George Jones’, final $400,000 payment towards the naming rights for state-of-the-art George Jones Family Centre, on 1 Salvado Road.

“Receipt of these funds brings an end to Mr Jones’ commitment to the pledge payment schedule, and allows him full and permanent naming rights,” Ear Science Institute Australia’s Chairman of the Board John Schaffer said.

“These donations, received on behalf of the Trustee and the George Jones Family Foundation, total $3 million, and have enabled us to establish this $20 million World Class Research and Clinical facility following our Break the Silence campaign.

“We extend our sincere thanks for Mr Jones AM, Our Chairman of Trustees, for his ongoing friendship, stewardship and generosity to Ear Science Institute Australia.”