1285. Hon ALISON XAMON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to question without notice 1128 of 20 October about the Earbus program.

(1)  Is an independent evaluation being undertaken?

(2)  If yes —

(a)  who is undertaking the evaluation;

(b)  how did the government determine who will undertake the evaluation;

(c)  when did the evaluation commence, or is it anticipated that the evaluation will commence;

(d)  when is it anticipated the evaluation will be completed;

(e)  who will be consulted; and

(f)  what are the terms of reference or aims of the evaluation?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes.

(2)      (a) It is Nous Group.

(b)  Nous Group was identified as an appropriate consultancy group as it had facilitated an Earbus workshop in the Kimberley in February 2019 and was therefore very familiar with the program and stakeholders.

(c)  The evaluation process commenced October 2020.

(d)  The evaluation is anticipated to be completed by the end of January 2021.

(e)  The consultation list includes: Earbus Foundation of WA; Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service; Yura Yungi Medical Service; Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services; WA Country Health Service; Rural Health West; Halls Creek District High School; Warlawurru Catholic School, Red Hill, Halls Creek; Kununurra District High School; St Joseph’s School, Wyndham and Kununurra; Department of Education, WA School of the Deaf; Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service; and Boab Health.

(f)  The evaluation aims to determine whether the Earbus program objectives and achievements delivered the desired outcomes and to identify any challenges experienced.


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