New Earbus Programs to the Kimberley and the SW of the state are underway in both regions with clinical visits starting in both regions in April 2018.
The Kimberley Earbus Program has been made possible by a WA State Government budget allocation under the Royalties for Regions program. Earbus Foundation will have resident staff based in Kununurra with the team providing services across the East Kimberley and into the east Fitzroy Valley.
The SW Earbus Program, based out of Bunbury, is funded by charitable and philanthropic contributions. Ian Potter Foundation is the anchor sponsor along with substantial funding from Stan Perron Charitable Trust and Alcoa . The PEACH Trust Fund (Alcoa employees) funded essential equipment with a generous grant of almost $11,000. Aurizon Community Giving Fund has also provided financial assistance for medical services in areas not covered by existing providers.
Earbus Foundation initially expects around 2000 Aboriginal children will benefit directly from the roll-out of the two new programs.