March is women’s history month!!!
We celebrate our female founder Daphne Elsworthy!!! We also recognise that 70% of our volunteer force are Women & our staff is made up of 57% women!!
In this issue:
• Infoshare/ Hearing Awareness week 1/3-7/3
• Comings & goings
• Volunteer reminders
• Covid-19 info
Covid-19 advisory from MWP Care Board
MWP care would like to keep offering our much needed service to our clients however our priority is our volunteer & staff health at this time.
If you would prefer not to accompany clients to hospital, medical centres etc please advise our phone room staff as soon as possible. If you are visiting such sites we suggest you wait outside the waiting areas (perhaps in car) to reduce your individual risk.
Please be aware that hand washing and avoiding face touching is the best possible measure we can all take to reduce the spread of the virus in the community.
If you have hand sanitiser please use it before and after each service .
Our clients & staff enjoying the good life at manly skiff club & Watson’s Bay in February.
Content from deafness foundation
Types of hearing loss
One in six Australians has a hearing loss and this figure is projected to increase to one in four Australians by the year 2050.
Hearing loss can range from mild to profound, be a condition existing at birth, develop early on in life or be acquired over a period of time or Suddenly.
A hearing loss can occur from many causes and indicates that there is a problem with the hearing pathway, in the outer, middle or inner ears or in the auditory nerve pathway to the brain.
There are four types of hearing loss:
• Auditory neuropathy
Conductive hearing loss can occur when there is damage or a blockage in the outer and/or middle ear. This can result in sound not being conducted adequately through the ear canal to the eardrum, or from the eardrum via the ossicles of the middle ear to the inner ear. It can be caused by earwax, a perforated eardrum, a build up of fluid in the middle ear from a cold or flu, (often referred to as ‘glue ear’), abnormal bone growth involving the ossicles, repeated ear infections and allergies. It is more common in children and indigenous populations. Medical interventions and technologies are often used to treat conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage or malfunction of the hair cells in the cochlear. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Assistive technologies can help reduce the effects of sensorineural hearing loss.
A mixed hearing loss occurs when both conductive and sensorineural hearing losses are present. The sensorineural component of the hearing loss is permanent, while the conductive component may be permanent or temporary.
• Auditory neuropathy
Auditory neuropathy occurs when there is a problem with the auditory nerve transmitting the signal from the cochlea to the brain. The hearing loss can vary from normal to profound and hearing levels may fluctuate. Understanding speech in background noise can be a particular difficulty. The cause of auditory neuropathy includes lack of oxygen or jaundice at birth, or some neurological conditions. Assistive technologies can usually help reduce the effects of auditory neuropathy.
Deafness in society
How deafness plays out in individual lives and in communities is very closely related to human communication, language and the competencies we acquire for participation in society. But, strangely, this strong relationship between deafness, communication and social roles is often hidden to all except those with direct personal experience.
Saying something concise but useful by way of introducing ‘deafness in society’ is a bit like trying to answer ‘how might I live?’ There are just too many important things to say and starting with one may diminish the importance of all the others. ‘Deafness’, ‘being deaf’, ‘having a hearing loss’, ‘living in a hearing community’, ‘celebrating being deaf’, ‘relating to people with a hearing loss’, as well as the ‘epidemiology of hearing and deafness in society’, are all valid starting points. Because we are intending the Deafness Foundation Victoria web pages to be only a starting point for further investigations on matters related to deafness, it might be useful to simply list some of these starting points to enable you to choose your next step in the journey:
Cece Bell describes her own journey as a primary student with a hearing loss. ‘El Deafo’, her beautifully illustrated children’s book includes an account of how her newly fitted hearing aids gave her superhuman skills in hearing her teacher not only in the classroom but wherever she was in the entire school.
Ruth Sidranski opens her account ‘In Silence – Growing up hearing in a deaf world’: If there were a way, if I could, I would write this book in sign language. I cannot. Signs do not transpose to the printed page; they are understood only in the flesh, hand to hand, face to face. And so I write in universal printed English, words to conjure the magic of my first language—words my mother taught me, words my father taught me—words told by the flick of a finger, the sweep of a hand. Sentences, liquid, rising not from the human voice but from the human body.
Access Economics in ‘Listen Hear! The economic impact and cost of hearing loss in Australia’ say there are two models used to ‘socially situate people with a hearing loss’.
Firstly the medical disability model which applies to the vast majority of people with an acquired mild to moderate hearing loss who see it
as a sensory deficit in the body.
Secondly Access Economics suggest the cultural linguistic model also applies, where some people who are born severely or profoundly deaf may grow up or join the deaf community and deafness may be viewed more as a cultural/linguistic experience.
Comings & Goings
MWP Care says a huge ‘thank you’ & a sad ‘goodbye’ to our volunteer receptionist team — Julie, Veronica, Virginia & Sheila who between them have Kept our office reception area & switchboard operating smoothly for the last 4 years!
We thank them for their generous service and willing and flexible attitude—we here in the office will miss their happy smiling faces and their ‘go above & beyond’ attitude.
We also farewelled Lynden Riley who is retiring— we wish him all the very best in retirement!!! We also farewell Toby Rose who is retiring after 6 years service—we wish him well!!
Welcome to new employees
Linda Mancini—Receptionist (full time)
Brian Yu— Assistant Accountant
Max Lu—Customer Service/Internal Sales Administrator
The Board & Staff also welcomes new volunteer – Elizabeth Serisier—we hope you enjoy your volunteering journey with us!!!
Rest in peace Neil Stronach
Neil Stronach, a much loved and respected Previous Board Member/Treasurer and life Member of MWP CARE passed away peacefully on 30/1/20. His funeral was held in the War Veterans Chapel, Veterans Parade , Narrabeen on Friday 7th February 2020.
“WW2 RAAF Dive Bomber pilot; tireless volunteer worker. His own Man”
We have some outstanding client contributions due from November/December/January. It is important that contributions be submitted by the end of the first week in the new month as our Accounts department need to be reconciling monthly. The direct deposit option is available so you need not come into the office. Just direct deposit to our account number on the form and scan & email or post the contribution form – even if you only have $20 this needs to be submitted monthly.
Dept. of Health NSW
The Australian Government has put in place travel restrictions for Iran to match those for mainland China. Travellers arriving in Australia from China (as of 1 February 2020) or Iran (as of 1 March 2020), including transit travellers, must self isolate at home for 14 days.
Additionally, healthcare workers who have returned from Italy or South Korea must not attend their regular work in a healthcare or residential care setting for 14 days since leaving these countries. There is no need to self isolate. If you think this applies to you, please discuss this with your employer.
Healthcare workers includes people who come into contact with patients in a healthcare setting and people working with residents in Residential and Aged Care Facilities.
Coronaviruses are a type of virus that can affect humans and animals. Some coronaviruses cause illness similar to the common cold while other coronaviruses cause more serious illness, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported in Wuhan City in China in December 2019. Cases have now been confirmed in multiple countries around the world. While there is still much to be learned about infection with COVID-19, it appears that the illness is much less severe than SARS or MERS, and some people with the infection may have only a mild illness.
A close contact is someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, as someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 when that person was infectious.
Isolate yourself at home and monitor your health closely
If you have been identified to have had close contact with someone who is confirmed to have infection with COVID-19 while they were infectious, you must:
• Isolate yourself at home until 14 days after you were last exposed to the infectious person. You should not leave the house, except for seeking medical care. You should stay in a different room to other people as much as possible, and wear a surgical mask when you are in the same room as another person and when seeking medical care. Use a separate bathroom if available. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation, taxi services or ride shares.
Watch for signs and symptoms:
• shortness of breath
• other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache and runny nose, muscle pain or diarrhoea.
Women’s History Month
To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. Be sure to revisit this page throughout the month of March to find out about the diverse contributions women have made to Australia’s history.
Follow this link Rahs.org.au/womens-history-month/
Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher