Phoenix Training Online
Indigenous Hearing loss
Indigenous Well Being
This training will help practitioners learn how to improve communication and health outcomes among the many Aboriginal people with hearing loss and/or auditory processing problems.
Children’s hearing loss can have important impacts on family
relationships. Children can be unfairly punished for not ignoring carers
when in fact they could not hear what is said to them. Children may be
frustrated and angry about others not understanding what they want. It
is important for families to know about the typical responses of
children with hearing loss as well as how they can better communicate
with and support affected children. This training provides the
information for families to do this. Current research is highlighting
children having a hearing loss as being more likely to have child
protection reports made about them. The information in this training can
help to prevent children’s hearing loss having a damaging impact on
family relationships. This training can help understand how how children
with hearing loss their families can feel when it is hard to
communicate as well as how to support children with hearing loss more
effectively within families.
Dr Damien Howard is a psychologist and educator who has researched and worked in the area of hearing loss and auditory processing problems, especially among Indigenous people. He did his doctorate on conductive hearing loss and school learning and behaviour problems. He has researched how hearing loss among Indigenous people impacts multiple areas of Indigenous disadvantage. He also specialises in working with people affected by auditory processing problems.
Jody Barney a Birri/Gubba Urangan woman from Far North/ South East Queensland and a proud South Sea Islander woman, who has over 25 years of professional training and skills to work with communities, and over 40 years of the lived experience as a Deaf Aboriginal/ Islander woman.