Ear Bus has first visit to learning centre

Hearing check: Macquarie University audiology student Kim Laing tests Ryan Finn after the Ear Bus Project visited Wellington on Monday. Photo: MARK RAYNER
Hearing check: Macquarie University audiology student Kim Laing tests Ryan Finn after the Ear Bus Project visited Wellington on Monday. Photo: MARK RAYNER

Students and young children in Wellington have had their hearing tested by the Hear Our Heart Ear Bus Project.

The bus was in town on Monday, where it visited Barnardos Early Learning Centre for the first time, before going to all primary and high schools later that day and on Tuesday.

The bus comes to town once a term for two or three days to test children and provide follow-up checks and has a partnership with the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service.

The not-for-profit project had good news earlier this week when was awarded $750,000 over the next five years from the Sydney-based Walter and Eliza Hall Charitable Foundation.

“We have been looking for a special organisation to partner with for some time that has a genuine focus on Indigenous health,” Walter and Eliza Hall Charitable Foundation Chief Executive Officer Helen Cook said. 

The Dubbo-founded Hear our Heart ear bus project provides free ear health education, targeted hearing testing and free access to ear specialists to children.