Hibiscusmatters 15 December 2010 | 17 H E A LT H & FA M I LY n
Hearing law reverberates through the community
Opposition to Government changes to ACC that affect the hearing impaired is still being expressed loud and clear to parliamentarians, five months after the changes became law. This month the National Foundation hearing loss caused by noise is in the for the Deaf launched a petition higher frequencies, yet the hearing loss seeking to overturn the law that sets is measured over the whole frequency a threshold for hearing damage before spectrum,” Oriole says. claimants can be covered by ACC. National Foundation for the Deaf The law, part of the Accident chief executive Louise Carroll says that Compensation Act, came into force the Foundation, along with the rest of on July 1. Its provisions include the the hearing disability sector, told the requirement that people with noise- Government the threshold was wrong damaged hearing must have a total and would create serious injustice, but loss of at least six percent before ACC were ignored. will accept a claim. “The law is wrong, it is unfair, it Local hearing specialists are in support is discriminatory, and it must be of the petition, and will have it at their changed,” Louise says. “We ask clinics for members of the public to all New Zealanders, but especially sign. the thousands with hearing loss, to Both Stephanie Mears of Bay support this petition.” Audiology and Oriole Wilson of The law also includes a provision that Hearing Solutions say they are hearing loss caused by ageing, rather concerned that the law creates a “lower than injury, is no longer covered by fence” for hearing loss, whereas in the ACC. past cases were judged on a person’s To find out more about what individual needs. the changes mean, contact your Oriole says the six percent threshold audiologist. The petition can be is likely to affect younger people with found at Bay Audiology, Shop 4, noise induced hearing loss most. The Nautilus, Orewa and Hearing “One of the problems is that a lot of Solutions, Cammish Lane, Orewa.
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Carers graduate Staff who up-skilled by completing the Ryman Foundations Programme took a bow this month, as they graduated from the programme at Evelyn Page Retirement Village in Orewa. Graduating from the Foundations Programme earns staff an NZQA recognized Level 2 qualification, the National Certificate in Community Support. Village manager Judy Brader says she is delighted that 14 staff achieved outstanding results. “Our team worked extremely hard to achieve this qualification,” Judy says. Carers who have completed their Level 2 qualification will be supported by Ryman to go on and complete national level 3 qualifications through participation in the Aged Care Education work-based training programme.