A new service will put children with disability living in regional and remote Australia in touch with specialists in the city, through a $4.1 million investment from the Gillard Government for the Remote Hearing and Vision Services for Children initiative.
The new initiative will harness the National Broadband Network (NBN) to provide video and online access to allied health and education professionals for families and children with hearing and vision impairment living in regional and remote communities.
The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas demonstrated the technology, putting in touch children at Vision Australia’s Headquarters in Brisbane and the Cora Barclay Centre in Adelaide.
“The NBN will revolutionise the way we deliver disability services. It allows allied health services to be provided into the homes, schools and communities of children with disability living in regional and remote areas, many for the first time,” Ms Macklin said.