The Deaf Indigenous Service aims to meet the growing needs of the Deaf and Hard of hearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This is a culturally appropriate support service helping to connect the community in the Far North region.
The Deaf Indigenous Service is based in the Cairns office and is a result of strong advocacy from the Deaf Indigenous Mob. This is a new service stream and is currently only available in the Far North of Queensland.
Available through the Deaf Indigenous service are:
- Community Access
- Partnership Building
- Community Engagement
Engagement and relationship building is an important part of understanding the service needs and barriers faced by Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Deaf Indigenous Service aims to build partnerships with service providers, organisations, businesses, individuals and communities that share a common interest in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities where hearing loss is prevalent.
To fully understand the needs and impacts of hearing loss in Far North Queensland, the team plans to travel into Cape York Communities to gather data to further build on a service delivery model that meets that needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with a hearing loss throughout the Cape and Far North Queensland Region.