Australia’s Cochlear Implant Sounding Good To China


China has about 20 million people with hearing and speech disorders according to the latest national census. 3 million are deaf and 17.7 million have hearing loss but only 2% of Chinese have access to hearing aids. Aside from this, there is an estimated 800,000 children below 7 years old with hearing loss who would benefit from cochlear implant. This figure is expected to increase by 20,000–30,000 every year because about 30,000 babies are born with hearing difficulty each year. The major causes of hearing loss in China include infection, heredity, presbycusis, otitis media, and noise-induced hearing loss. Australia’s Cochlear Implant sees a good potential market in China to help its citizens have a good aural healthcare.

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf. It directly translates soundwaves into signals and sends to the brain which allows the user to perceive sound. CI not only amplifies sound but also improves speech perception and reduces tinnitus. The Cochlear Implant was pioneered at the University of Melbourne. A systematic review shows evidence of the effectiveness of cochlear implant in people with bilateral hearing loss. CI improves hearing in noisy environments (like our ACM Group office) for people with severe hearing loss. It also improves overall hearing ability, reduces tinnitus and quality of life.

The ageing population and the number of children affected by hearing loss in China gives Australia’s Cochlear, the leader in hearing implant technology a huge opportunity to help the Chinese people. The huge market let the company predict increase sales in China. CI penetration in China is currently less than 5% of potential paediatric candidates, but cochlear implantation is continuing to expand at great speed, and it is hoped that the infrastructure and capacity will continue to grow and develop.

The rapidly developing technology in China aims to identify and treat people with hearing and speech-language disorders. Bosch China launched the world’s first standardized Chinese language speech audiometric system. In 2015. It is designed as speech testing software to assess people’s hearing abilities and evaluate the clinical effect of medical devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. This system is expected to help develop the audiology sector in China to adapt to the international standards of speech audiometry.

China is also currently developing low-cost alternatives in hearing implant. Health regulators in China give local company Nurotron an approval to sell its implant on the mainland. There is an increased competition from the local rival Nurotron and other lower-cost brands because of the price factor. But the Chinese government keeps a part of the national tender open to foreign companies to boost quality and make the local implant industry better. Although the price of the local devices are lower compared to Australia’s Cochlear, the leading hearing implant manufacturer can still compete in China.  It predicts increased sales in China because of its quality and continues innovation.

Hearing technology leader Australia’s Cochlear Implant continues to innovate to maintain its international market leadership.  The HEARing CRC with Dr. Andrew Vandali, its Project Leader is currently developing sound processing technology that works better with tonal language particularly Mandarin to adapt to the Chinese market. This project is determining how sound coding schemes in implants be changed to better present pitch and inter-aural time cues for their wearers. The Hearing (Re)habilitation section of HEARnet Learning offers training modules to help health professionals in China to develop new skills and knowledge in the clinical habilitation and rehabilitation of hearing loss and hearing impairment. HEARnet Learning also has free online training to help patients get the best out of their cochlear implants.

How Filipinos Can Get A Working Visa To Australia

Australia provides many opportunities for people who are willing to work and looking for a career challenge. It has over hundred thousand visa places available for skilled workers to help improve the work force and give people a chance to live the Australian lifestyle. Filipinos are encouraged to apply for Australian visas to help reduce the Australian labour shortages. The Australian government with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is encouraging individuals with specific skills and capabilities to apply for available job opportunities for skilled worker positions in Australia.

We here at ACM Group will help you take the next step to find out how Filipinos can get a working Visa to Australia. We have identified over 80 additional career paths from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and over 120 additional career paths from Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)  Filipinos who are 18 – 49 year old can apply for a work visa to Australia. Successful applicants can work and migrate in Australia temporarily or permanently.

There are a range of Australian work visas including:
Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) permanent work visa for Filipinos not sponsored by a state, territory or employer. Applicant must be under 50 years of age and can demonstrate the qualification in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List. Applicants do not require sponsorship. Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be viewed by Australian employers, state and territory governments who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application. Successful applicants can become permanent residents of Australia and are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis.

Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) permanent visa for a Filipino who cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent Visa but obtained nomination by a state or territory government. To be nominated, applicants must have occupation skills on the state or territory shortage list or demonstrate specialised skills in a particular state or territory. This category is open to Filipinos under 50 years of age who are qualified under the Skilled Occupation List. Successful applicants can work and look for better career pathway in Australia and family members may be included.

Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) is a provisional work visa for Filipinos who cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent Visa but have the qualification and skills required to address Australia’s skill shortage. Applicant must obtain sponsorship from a participating State or territory government or from an eligible relative living in a Specified Regional Area of Australia. Applicant must be related to their sponsors as a child, parent, brother or sister, niece or nephew, aunt or uncle. Applicants must be prepared to live for two years and work for at least 12 months in Specified Region. This visa is valid for up to four years and provides a pathway to permanent residence.

The following areas are considered regional:
New South Wales – except metropolitan areas of Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong
Queensland – everywhere except Brisbane and Gold Coast areas
Victoria – everywhere except Melbourne
Northern Territory – everywhere
South Australia – everywhere
Tasmania – everywhere
Western Australia – everywhere

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) this scheme is designed to address shortages in the Australian skilled labour market while enhancing its ability to compete globally. ENS grants permanent residence to Filipinos who are sponsored by their Australian employer. Australian employer must obtain sponsorship status. Applicants must be less than 49 years of age and hold the necessary skills and qualifications for the nominated position. Successful applicants can become permanent residents of Australia and are entitled to live, work and study in the country. Additional benefits for permanent residents include access to Medicare, social security benefits and ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

Temporary Business Long Stay Visa (457) we here at ACM Group have discovered that this is the most common pathway of business sponsorship for Filipino workers. This scheme grants temporary work visa that allows employers to sponsor workers to fill nominated skilled positions. Applicant must have an employer willing to sponsor them as part of the visa application process. This visa is valid for up to four years but the work experience gained on this visa may lead to permanent residence either through sponsorship by an eligible employer or the skilled migration program. This visa permits the holder to live and work in Australia with the sponsoring employer, immediate family member can be included in the application can also live and work on this visa type.

Visa applicants must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language proficiency, occupation skills qualification, health and character.

Visa Application Process:
1. Be clear on the purpose of your visit to Australia. Determine the visa subclass you wish to lodge your visa application. Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for further information. Download the visa application form and checklist. Complete and sign your visa application form and affix your photograph.
2. Gather all required supporting documentation for your application. Check the link  for the application checklist.
3. Pay the visa fee in the form of Manager’s Cheque payable to “Australian Embassy” (other forms of visa fee payment is not accepted)
4. Make an appointment to submit your application.
5. Submit completed Visa Application form with all the supporting documents in-person via (AVAC) Australian Visa Application Centre. You may also send your application by courier.
6. Track your application
7. Wait for your application to be processed. Collect your Visa Letter from AVAC, wait for courier delivery or check your email if you opted for the Visa Letter to be communicated to you electronically.

If you want to work in Australia, it is important to apply for the correct visa type. You can apply the old-fashioned way through VSF Global, Australian Embassy’s partner or via a third party service provider to get your visa but you will be charged an additional service fee on top of the visa fee aside from the courier fees for document collection and return. Contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment, they will provide all the necessary application forms and associated information relating to the assessment. You will be charged by the assessing authorities for the assessment. How soon your application can be approved depends on which type of visa you are applying for. You should not book flight or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia.

20 Cool Asian Restaurants in Adelaide

Great Asian food in Adelaide is happening all over the city. When the ACM Group team visited the South Australian capital famous for its eating houses and delicious dishes inspired by the orient we proved our reputation as the hungry visitors we are. Whether you are fond of sushi, noodles, curries, stir fries, fish cakes, Phos or BBQ duck the City of Churches has your tastes covered. Here are 20 cool Asian restaurants in Adelaide.

Shiki Japanese Restaurant

InterContinental Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8238 2382

Stylish hotel dining experience with teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi.


5/242 Hutt Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8232 0944

Great seafood in the hands of a great chef. Try the puffer fish!

Star of Siam

67 Gouger Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8231 2527

Adelaide’s most consistently awarded Thai restaurant.


31 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, 5000.

A palace serving fantastic Asian food to celebs and plebs.

Adelaide Pho

199 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8212 0997

Great phos and a really busy place, which is always a good sign; a good range of Vietnamese food on the menu.

Gin Long Canteen

42 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide, 5006.

08 7120 2897

The perfect place for big parties of diners. Fast service and fantastic Thai food. Great cocktails at the bar and a really vibrant place.

House of Chow

82 Hutt Street, Adelaide 5000

08 8223 6181

Lots of well known Chinese dishes on a big menu and they are all pretty yummy. Big aquarium to choose your seafood from.


132 Gouger Street, Adelaide, 5000

08 8212 8288

We all would like a concubine in our lives and this wonderful Chinese restaurant delivers in spades. Beautiful ambience and stunning food.

The Himalayan Kitchen

73 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, 5006.

08 8267 3037

Superb Indian and Nepalese cuisine and a lovely space to dine in. Great vegetarian dishes on the menu as well.


141 O’Connell Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 7225 5382

Seriously good Asian fusion food delivered in style to your table. Lovely service and brilliant dishes make this a fine restaurant experience.


26 Bank Street, Shop 3, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8231 3303

Korean food doesn’t get much better than this. A man do what a man has to and that is eat well.

Sit Lo

30 Bank Street, Adelaide, 5000.

0439 004 161

Yummy Vietnamese café in the heart of the city. Well priced and a buzzy intimate place.

Pondok Bali

310 Putteney Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8232 0588

Spicy Indonesian food perfect with a cold Bintang. Bali in the middle of the city.

Other notables:

Madame Hanoi Bar & Bistro; Mapo Korean; House of Pearl; Orient; Golden Boy; Ding Hao and Asian Central.