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BASS Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jor-
dan Crugnale has announced she will not
be running in this October’s election.
Standing down from her position, Cr Crugnale is
looking forward to spending time with her family and
thanked the community for its support during her term.
“With a diverse skill set gained over my eclectic
working career, a number of opportunities have present-
ed themselves here and overseas that traverse various
sectors including development, public policy and the
arts,” she said.
“My family and I are taking a short break post Octo-
ber to consider our next adventure and direction.
“I want to thank those
that have been a support,
those that have challenged
and those that have en-
couraged me to think big,
think today for tomorrow
and continue to be ac-
tive to bring out the best
in the community I have
The council election
will be held on October
22 and many candidates
who are running in the
Bunurong Ward have
made themselves known.
SOUTH Gippsland Secondary College
students Brooke Zuidema and Georgia
Thornton represented the school and
Ethiopia at an event in Canberra at the
Seventy-five secondary students from 28 schools
from around Australia gathered in Canberra for the
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA).
In teams representing their country of choice,
they will debate contemporary global issues in the
areas of peace and security, human rights, the envi-
ronment and development.
MUNA 2016 was the 20th consecutive year the
Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise has organised the
It involved students in a hands-on experience of a
UN General Assembly style debate to increase inter-
national understanding and goodwill.
Students dressed in the national costume of the
country they represented for the event in the historic
House of Representatives Chamber of the Old Par-
liament House, home to the Museum of Australian
Recovery position: a St John’s ambulance presenter teaches
Wonthaggi North Primary School Grade 4 students Tyler and
Lochie how to position people in need during an emergency
MORWELL-BASED company, EARt-
rak, is marking Hearing Awareness Week
with the launch of a consumer-based
hearing aid user satisfaction survey.
More than 80 percent of shoppers research
online before buying, according to recent market
From choosing hotels, cars, smart phones, and
even which Uber driver to get you home, consum-
ers are increasingly looking to the opinions of oth-
ers to help guide their choices.
Manufacturers and retailers are quick to tell
us the features of their product or service but it
is user experience from people like ourselves that
can really sway our final decision.
It’s the same when it comes to addressing your
However, as EARtrak chief executive officer
Tracey Matthies explained, until recently there
has been little opportunity for consumers to learn
about the experiences of other hearing aid users
except from their immediate circle of family and
HEARING loss is precious and fragile.
As technology advances, many people with
hearing loss benefit from hearing aids and co-
chlear implants. These innovations have made a
positive difference in the way they can communi-
cate and enjoy their lives, but communication can
be exhausting for a hearing impaired person, even
with a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
Consumer research shows that the lowest sat-
isfaction levels for hearing aid wearers are in situ-
ations where the background noise is as loud or
louder than what we are trying to listen to.
Common situations are open plan offices,
crowded shops and busy restaurants.
Straining to hear voices in these circumstanc-
es requires prolonged concentration and is tiring.
There are now revolutionary advances in tech-
nology to help make hearing in these situations
easier and more enjoyable for the wearer.
Advanced audiology technology provides
functions capable of continuously monitoring
what you are listening to and singling out the
dominant speaker whilst reducing background
Research and experience confirm that as our
environment becomes louder, we naturally try
to focus on our immediate conversation partner
and advanced narrow directionality technology
is proven to reduce distracting sounds from side-
ways and behind.
Audibility can be tailored to the wearer’s indi-
vidual prescription and be optimally balanced to
enhance the users ability to understand conversa-
Hearing Aids now have the capability to in-
terface via blue tooth and near field communica-
tion to connect to other devices like remote mi-
crophones, streamers and mobile phones. Mobile
phone apps to help control these technologies can
be downloaded to enhance your experience.
Braden has a love of technology and stud-
ied electronic engineering at Swinburne prior to
studying audiometry so his knowledge and exper-
tise comes from his technical background.
Please contact About Bass Coast Hearing on
(03) 5672 5598 for an appointment. Free trials are
Hearing better with Bass Coast
Share your hearing aid experience
friends and even then, many people simply don’t
talk about their hearing aids.
“That’s why we’ve launched EARtrak’s hear-
ing aid satisfaction survey to coincide with Hear-
ing Awareness Week,” Tracey said.
“Now everyone with hearing aids can share
their experiences and others can learn from
The journey to seeking help for hearing loss
is typically much more complicated than buying
glasses. People often look at features and manu-
facturers’ promises before even knowing if a par-
ticular brand or model of hearing aid would meet
Tracey said it was important to understand
you are not looking for a good hearing aid be-
cause what suits someone else’s needs may not
“You’re looking for a hearing care provider
with successful client outcomes. They will advise
the most appropriate hearing aid for your circum-
stances,” she said.
Sharing your hearing aid experience is as easy
as going to www.hearingaidsatisfactionsurvey.
com and completing the survey.
Two things happen when you complete the
You will receive a report on your overall sat-
isfaction with your hearing improvement immedi-
ately upon completing the survey.
You can print out your responses and results
and take them to your next appointment with your
hearing care professional as a guide in discussing
your communication needs and expectations. In
EARtrak’s experience, people also complete the
they know they are giving unfiltered feedback
to their providers;
they like to have a voice and read EARtrak’s
reports on aggregated results;
it doesn’t cost them anything; and
they want to help others. People who are al-
ready using hearing aids understand the jour-
ney and want to use their experiences to help
The second thing is that EARtrak makes your
feedback available to providers to use in their
continuous quality improvement programs.
Talk about your hearing aid experience with
fellow users by joining the Hearing Aid Users
Australia Group on Facebook.
Primary School stu-
dents were recently
visited by St John Am-
bulance through the
First Aid in Schools
Trained St John present-
ers lead students through
tailored sessions on the
importance of first aid and
what to do in the event of an
The junior students learnt
how to identify when there
is an emergency, keeping
themselves safe, and how to
call for an ambulance.
Senior students learnt
about delivering CPR (car-
and the things they can do to
assist in an emergency.
• Bass Coast Shire
Council mayor Cr
Mayor bows out
of election race
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