Save the dates for our next Annual Seminar
'Strategies for Business Success'
Thursday 22 - Saturday 24 February, 2024
We welcome members and non-members
Discover innovative ideas, best practices, and actionable tips that can make a real difference in your entrepreneurial journey.
Delegates at our past Seminars said: "What a well-orchestrated seminar, thoroughly insightful for small business owners. The event was well tailored to meet a variety of business needs so unique to our niche industry."
"The conference was worth every cent, and I look forward to seeing what HBA has to offer throughout the year. I have been telling colleagues about how good it was and that they should seriously consider joining."
"Thank you for the effort that went into the conference. It was excellent! It was so good to meet new people from all over Australia, and to hear about their Audiology business journeys (and also hearing about how they spend time outside audiology was fascinating, what an interesting bunch)."
HBA's Board and Executive welcomed delegates to our Gala Dinner at the largest dedicated meeting of independent hearing care business owners in Australia - our February 2023 Small Business Seminar in Melbourne.
We design our seminars to be business-focused, educational and collaborative - they're a great networking opportunity.
Congratulations to our CEO, Jane MacDonald, who was elected Chair of the Hearing Health Sector Alliance in June 2023. From Jane:
“I was honored … HBA is proud to be one of eight founding HHSA members, and a current Executive member. I have represented HBA since the HHSA launched in September 2019.
Thank you Tony Coles for your vision of forming the HHSA following development of the 'Roadmap for Hearing Health' and for your leadership as inaugural Chair.
The passion and drive of all HHSA members is inspiring. We all look forward to future collaboration and to implementing our work plan to help improve hearing health outcomes for Australians.”
30 May 2023 Meeting in Canberra with the Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon. Mark Butler, MP
"It was an honour today to represent the Hearing Business Alliance ... and discuss the Hearing Health Sector Alliance’s top hearing health priorities and how we can work constructively with Government to achieve them."
And to also "...relate the message to rural practice, and small independent businesses." Jane MacDonald
Our focus is all the aspects of your 'business operations', and includes the legislation, the marketplace, and the ethics.
In our Mission to inspire and encourage small hearing care providers to reach their full business potential, we represent our Members to consumers, professional, government and industry bodies.
We invite you to Join us. We are an inclusive organization; our Member companies are owned by independent audiologists, audiometrists and others providing hearing health care throughout our Australian communities.
Don't miss our next Zoom Meeting on 29 November. Our guest speaker, Jason Dick, will discuss Employment Relations and Work Health and Safety best practices.
See our Member Benefits, and Partnerships that help
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We also renewed our Memorandum of Understanding with Audiology Australia to work together in areas of mutual interest.
Chris Carlile, Assistant Secretary
Hearing Services Program
“… The value for Government in engaging with HBA is that we can connect directly through Jane MacDonald to (the then) 110 hearing businesses that deliver the HSP all over Australia. It is much preferable for Government to deal with one person representing so many businesses, rather than trying to talk with each, and every, business owner – we just wouldn’t be able to do it. As the Assistant Secretary in the Department of Health with responsibility for the Hearing Services Program, I appreciate the important role that Jane has played in representing the interests of HBA members to Government. Jane can contact me at any time, and I do listen to any concerns that she does raise on behalf of members, as well as seeking her counsel as a considered and reasoned voice in the hearing sector."
The Board acknowledges all the work that Jane devotes to the business challenges we encounter, which of course include the HSP changes. With all her experience and insight, she advocates on behalf of our Members, and also provides regular assistance and resources.
We now have a voice, and access to the legislative policies affecting our livelihoods!
A husband and wife with a small, independent audiology practice, bullied with the threat of a meritless $1 million lawsuit, their successes exposing false information and unethical practices, defending their reputation, and finally getting legislators to listen - and HBA’s subsequent advocacy - brought major changes to our industry.
Did you know that small businesses
" ...with less than 20 employees comprise 97% of all Australian businesses
employ more than 43% of the workforce, and
account for around $380 billion worth of industry value added (Source: The Treasury)
family businesses account for 70% of all businesses in Australia and employ around half the country’s workforce".
Of around 300 hearing care businesses in Australia, 7 large chains and the former Australian Hearing control 85% of the market - approximately 290 small, independent companies share 15% of the market.
Around 3.6 million Australians suffer hearing loss; estimated to double by 2060. (Source: Dept of Health and Aged Care).
Some archives of the state of our industry
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Hearing Business Alliance acknowledges the First People and Traditional Custodians of Country.
We acknowledge their continuing connection to land, water and community, and pay our respects to them,
their cultures and to their elders past, present and emerging.