Aussie Deaf Kids is a founding member of GPODHH and over the past couple of years has auspiced two parent leaders from low-resourced countries to go to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva to participate in the World Hearing Forum (WHF). Dr Bianca Birdsey from South Africa and Ms Snigdha Sarkar have been fantastic advocates for parents and children who are deaf or hard of hearing at the WHF. I was lucky enough to join them in Geneva last December where we met up with Dr Shelly Chadha to discuss the World Hearing Report and the inclusion of some of the stories from GPODHH members in the Report. Dr Chadha is responsible for the WHO program for prevention of deafness and hearing loss and incredibly supportive of parental involvement where programs and policies are being developed. Being part of GPODHH has been such a valuable experience for me. Despite our cultural differences, there is always such a strong connection with parents around the world with similar lived experiences. The World Hearing Report will be launched for World Hearing Day 2021.
And a big congratulations to all the parents in Melbourne who have survived months of lockdown, working from home and home-schooling. I hope the rest of the year is plain sailing for you all!