Milly making giant strides in her hearing loss journey

Ten year old Milly Collins faced a very uncertain world when she was born with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.

However, through help from The Shepherd Centre, she has made outstanding progress in her hearing loss journey.

Last month Milly spoke in Parliament House, with guests including the Premier and Members of the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council all listening to her talk about how The Shepherd Centre has helped her transition from hearing aids to Cochlear Implants.

“The Shepherd Centre is dedicated to fostering collaboration with existing services to provide wrap-around care for children with hearing loss in Tasmania,” The Shepherd Centre CEO Dr Aleisha Davis said.

“Our collaborative approach significantly improves outcomes for children, ensuring they receive necessary supports from an early age and, ultimately, a lasting difference in the lives of children with hearing loss, such as Milly and her family.”

As a result of generous philanthropic support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, The Shepherd Centre has been able to establish its services in Tasmania.

“The Tasmanian Community Fund provided seed funding to The Shepherd Centre in 2021 so it

could establish a presence in the state,” Tasmanian Community Fund chair Sally Darke said.

“It is pleasing to hear of the powerful stories and life changing outcomes that our funding has already made, and will continue to make, through supporting young Tasmanians with hearing loss in their early years to access sound and speech, which is critical for their education.”

To assist with the growing demand for The Shepherd Centre’s work in Tasmania, the federal government is providing funding for permanent sites in Hobart and Launceston that will ensure even more children across Tasmania can receive the support they need.

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