Bulli student speaks at Federal Parliament to encourage support for hearing loss services

Bulli resident, Harper Rollinson with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

A PRIMARY school student from Bulli has spoke in Federal Parliament to encourage government support for hearing loss services.

Seven-year-old Harper Rollinson is one of thousands of children in Australia living with a hearing loss.

On Thursday, September 8, Harper spoke at the First Voice ‘Power of Speech’ event, which showcased the achievements of children who are deaf and use spoken language to communicate, challenging the perceptions of what children with hearing loss can achieve.

The Power of Speech took place at Parliament House in Canberra, with several MPs in attendance, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Seven children from First Voice Centres, who have received cochlear implants, took to the stage to share how they defy commonly held misconceptions about growing up with a hearing loss.

Harper was first diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 12 months when the Shepherd Centre began providing guidance and support to help her speak, hear and use a Cochlear device.

The Shepherd Centre is a not-for-profit organisation providing specialised programs for children with hearing loss and their families.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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