From 1 July Enable New Zealand will be the new national provider for Hearing Aid Management Services after winning the tender process run by the Ministry of Health.
This follows the recent launch of Enable New Zealand’s EASIE living centre (an accessible smart home, demonstration and learning centre) in Palmerston North.
Scott Ambridge, General Manager said “It has been an exciting start to the year. Winning the Hearing Aid Management Service contract is great news for Enable New Zealand and the disability community. We’re very proud of the work we do and are delighted to be able to add these services to the platform of other support services offered by Enable New Zealand.”
Enable New Zealand is partnering with Life Unlimited’s Hearing Therapy Services to take a more holistic approach to the individual’s hearing loss. Scott added “we want to develop a service that has a strong consumer focus and allows people to live everyday lives in their community”. As the new provider, Enable New Zealand has identified a number of opportunities that might potentially address the equity and affordability issues faced by many New Zealanders, particularly the elderly population who might be on fixed incomes.
There will be no change to people’s eligibility or access to the Hearing Aid Funding Scheme and the Hearing Aid Subsidy Scheme. Both schemes will allow audiologists to utilise Enable New Zealand’s online ordering system on behalf of their clients to quickly access hearing aids.
The transition requirements are still being worked through with the Ministry, and Enable New Zealand will work closely with audiologists, hearing aid manufacturers and other stakeholders over the next few weeks as it prepares to take up provision of this service.
Enable New Zealand is part of MidCentral District Health Board and Acting CEO Mike Grant said “We are pleased with Enable New Zealand’s focus on ensuring that people have easy access to equipment allowing them to live independently within their community. They have done a great job this year and winning this contract has further demonstrated the important role they play within the health and disability sector.”
For more information you can contact Enable New Zealand on 0800 362 253.