Hearing loss is over-represented among Aboriginal prisoners in all states and territories. It impacts on communication during arrest, legal counselling and courtroom communication, and upon a prisoner’s ability to respond to guard instructions and alert systems in prison.
For many Aboriginal adults, hearing loss is longstanding and normalised. Often, individuals may not feel it is worth mentioning.
This information in this fact sheet was developed with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW. It is designed to help police, lawyers, court staff, and corrections and parole officers to identify signs of hearing loss and adjust their communication to accommodate it.
Hearing loss in Aboriginal clients