I am excited to join the Earbus Foundation team in 2018. I grew up in South Africa and lived in the UK and Luxembourg before completing my Audiologist training in Perth in 2005. Audiology has provided me with great opportunities, a highlight being the experience gained while providing co-ordination and clinical services to remote Indigenous communities on behalf of Ear Science Institute Australia over the last 3 years. I also enjoy lecturing on the Master of Clinical Audiology course at UWA, where I’m an Adjunct Research Fellow, and running my private practice specialising in Auditory Processing Disorder. I’ve just returned from a stint with the Remote Allied Health Corp in the Northern Territories, gaining further insight into how we can best provide audiology services in regional and remote community settings.
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100 Women is a Perth-based giving circle, which enables everyday people to be involved in creating a world where women and girls can live safely with access to health, education and economic freedom. 100 Women combines donations and knowledge to provide impactful grants. Earbus Foundation is honoured to be one of the supported charities in 2017 and is using the grant funds to immerse health trainees on regional and remote Outreach trips.
Minara Community Foundation and AngloGold Ashanti have generously donated funds for the purchase and fit-out of a dedicated Goldfields Earbus to provide ear health services to the region.
The bus – a high-roof, long wheel base 316 Mercedes Sprinter – was launched at Laverton School this week and immediately went to work. The rear cabin has been customised as a mobile children’s ear clinic for use by our nurse, screeners, audiologists and GPs.
The Goldfields Earbus has started visiting Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Coolgardie, Kambalda and Kalgoorlie-Boulder to provide ear health screening and treatment. Audiologists on the bus deliver a full suite of hearing tests to diagnose children with a temporary or permanent hearing loss.
Aboriginal students at Leonora and Laverton District High Schools created stunning artwork to adorn the new bus using local Aboriginal totems and images, so the bus visited them on the launch day. Our sincere thanks to Minara Community Foundation and AngloGold Ashanti for supporting our work in the Goldfields region.
Fabian did a brilliant job creating this artwork for our Goldfields Earbus. It is brilliant! Big thanks Fabian, we love it!