Closing the gap with BEN

An opportunity to hear from leading Indigenous health experts about innovative new ways they are closing the gap in ear and hearing health drew almost 200 guests for a formal charity breakfast held in Darwin.

Coinciding with this year’s National Close The Gap Day (21 March), Menzies School of Health Research and the Rioli Fund for Aboriginal Health partnered for the charity event to support research to improve Aboriginal lives.

Approximately the length of a stretch limousine, BEN is a larger than life learning aid made from parachute material. Children are able to walk through BEN’s ear canal, and learn about the various components and functionality of the ear with interactive hands-on activities.

Image: Menzies Director Alan Cass, Evelyn Roth and Professor Amanda Leach unveil 'BEN'.

Donations on the day alone raised more than $5000 which reached the goal of getting BEN to Indigenous children in remote communities in Wadeye and Nguiu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Exploring BEN.