MEDIA RELEASE: LABOR WILL INVEST IN A NEW SHEPHERD CENTRE FOR TASMANIA - THURSDAY, 16 MAY 2019

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TANYA PLIBERSEK MP 
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN 
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY 
 
SENATOR CAROL BROWN 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY AND CARERS 
SENATOR FOR TASMANIA 
 
 
LABOR WILL INVEST IN A NEW SHEPHERD CENTRE FOR TASMANIA 

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $2.5 million to help the Shepherd Centre establish a new facility in Tasmania. 
  
The Shepherd Centre provides a family-centred early intervention program to teach children born deaf, or hearing impaired, how to develop spoken language, to give them the best possible start in life. 
 
The organisation has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in helping children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak. 
 
It currently provides a range of services to over 500 families across five centres in NSW and the ACT, as well as outreach support across Tasmania and rural Australia.  
 
Yet there are many families struggling to get the support they need because they live in areas where there are few specialist services.  
 
The Shepherd Centre estimates that only one in 10 children with hearing loss in Tasmania have access to the specialist services they need. 
 
Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers and Senator for Tasmania Carol Brown said Labor’s funding will establish a new purpose-built Shepherd Centre facility in Tasmania.  
 
“The Shepherd Centre currently offers outreach services in Tasmania, but our State lacks a specialised centre,” said Senator Brown.  
“Labor’s investment will give Tasmanian families access to services in a facility designed to support them.  
“The new centre will benefit around 250 children and their families across the State each year. 
 
“Importantly, it will address the shortfall in specialist services and cater to the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hearing impaired. 
 
“Labor’s investment in a centre of excellence in Tasmania will allow the Shepherd Centre to expand their world-leading services in paediatric hearing loss.  
 
“Labor will work with the Shepherd Centre and local organisations to ensure the new facility is delivered in an integrated way.” 
 
A Shorten Labor Government is committed to ensuring that all children receive the support they need to get the best possible start in life. 
 
If you want a fair go for all Australians – vote Labor. 
                                                                                                                     
THURSDAY, 16 MAY 2019