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QCoal Foundation partners with Hear and Say in North Queensland

12 March 2018

The QCoal Foundation is proud to announce a new collaboration with Hear and Say, the leading Queensland-wide charity supporting children with hearing loss by teaching them to listen and speak.

The two organisations have joined forces to deliver Hear and Say’s specialised Listening and Spoken Language Therapy services via PC-based Telepractice to North Queensland families.

Hear and Say offers the Telepractice Program to families in rural and remote Queensland, and this program will be delivered from the Townsville centre to locations from Mackay north, including in and around Innisfail, Mount Isa and parts of the Whitsundays.

QCoal Foundation Chair Christopher Wallin said this program would make a real difference to those families living in areas where specialised services are not readily available.

“Children with hearing loss in remote and rural areas experience barriers to accessing the therapy and support they need to develop their listening and spoken language to the same level as their hearing peers, and must often travel to larger cities to access these services. This may impact on education and family life and increase financial strain,” Mr Wallin said.

“The Telepractice Program alleviates service delivery gaps for these families by providing Listening and Spoken Language Therapy via PC-based video-conferencing sessions to children in their own homes.”

Hear and Say secured the funding for the Telepractice Program through the QCoal Foundation Community Grants program, which provides assistance to organisations across rural and remote Queensland with a focus in the areas of health, liveability and education.

“The QCoal Foundation Community Grants program aims to foster productive partnerships between QCoal Foundation and local communities and organisations that facilitate long-term, sustainable solutions to community identified needs,” said Mr Wallin.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Hear and Say to make life a little easier for rural families currently dealing with access issues for hearing and language support.”

Hear and Say Chief Executive Officer, Chris McCarthy said the partnership was particularly exciting as it ensured equitable access to services for families from rural and remote Queensland, which will go on to optimise outcomes for children’s listening and speaking outcomes.

“This support means that these children will be given the best possible start when it comes to reaching their goals, and can go on to live life unlimited by their hearing loss – regardless of where in Queensland they live,” Mr McCarthy said.