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Brooke Michalanney. Photo: Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship

Have Cochlear cash and implant, will learn nursing

Brooke Michalanney is not one to let something like hearing loss stop her from achieving her goals of self-fulfilment and giving back to the community. When she was 18 months old, a hearing impairment was discovered, and this was exacerbated a few years later when her older brother accidentally hit her with a cricket bat, resulting in total hearing loss in both ears. Now, armed with a Cochlear implant and the Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship for Australia and New Zealand, Michalanney is studying a bachelor of midwifery at the University of South Australia and looking to break into the linked bachelor of nursing.

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