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Healthy Hearing Program

The Queensland Healthy Hearing Program offers free newborn hearing screening to all babies born in Queensland hospitals, including both public and private facilities.

To access a free hearing screen babies must be eligible / or enrolled for an Australian Medicare card.

Non Medicare eligible families must have finalised payment in full for Delivery and Postnatal care for the Baby to access the hearing screen.

The screening service is part of Queensland Health’s newborn care services to ensure every child reaches optimum speech and language development.

If a child “refers” on the newborn hearing screening, free, follow-up care will be available at one of 13 paediatric audiology clinics across Queensland.

Additional services are available for children diagnosed with a hearing loss, including a medical investigation to identify the cause of the hearing loss, support services and early intervention.

The Children’s Health Queensland Healthy Hearing team supports the pathway, from screening to diagnosis, and early intervention. Children’s Health Queensland Healthy Hearing sets the overall direction, monitoring, reporting, education and service development in relation to infant hearing loss detection.

A full list of private or public hospitals throughout Queensland which offer hearing screening to families of newborn babies is available on our screening web page.

Contact us

Queensland Healthy Hearing Program

Rachael Beswick
t: 07 3310 6222

Queensland Hearing Loss Family Support Service (QHLFSS)

t: 1800 352 075 (toll free)
m: PO Box 5492, West End Q 4101