On behalf of the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee (ANHSC), welcome to Melbourne and the 9th Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference.

Since 2001 the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference has served to showcase best practice in newborn hearing screening and related services. The Conference has played an important role in the development and improvement of such programs across Australia and New Zealand. The inaugural Conference gave rise to the National Consensus Statement on Newborn Hearing Screening which was a most significant part of the lobbying effort to introduce programs of UNHS in Australia. The conference continues to play a role in ensuring that standards of coverage and standards of quality in the delivery of screening and associated services around Australasia are maintained and continuously improved.

Each ANHS Conference brings together leaders in the field from across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, key-note presenters from across the world have contributed to great effect. This conference is no exception. Our featured speakers at this conference, Dr Sue Archbold, of the Ear Foundation in Nottingham, Dr Stephen Walker of the Cognitive Institute, and Professor Harvey Dillon of the National Acoustic Laboratories continue a great tradition of eminent national and international contribution to our deliberations.

Like the previous eight conferences, this meeting provides the opportunity to strive for best practice by sharing information and experiences. The Melbourne Conference organising team comprising Zeffie Poulakis, Melinda Barker, Gabrielle Kavanagh, and Valerie Sung deserve our thanks for their efforts in the organization of this conference. Similarly, the Program Committee comprising Zeffie Poulakis, Rachael Beswick, Anne Porter, Kirsty Gardner-Berry, Alison King, Valerie Sung, Susie Costello and Moira McLeod also deserve great credit for their development and delivery of a comprehensive conference program—a program that I am sure you will find most stimulating and enjoyable.

Prof. Greg Leigh, AO

Chair, Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee

The Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee aims to foster the establishment, maintenance and evaluation of high quality screening programs for the early detection of permanent childhood hearing impairment throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Find out more by clicking the link below:

http://www.newbornhearingscreening.com.au

The Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee

(a Sub-Committee of Deafness Forum of Australia)

The ANHSC seeks to promote the availability and quality of programs for the early detection of permanent childhood hearing impairment, and associated intervention, for all children in Australia and New Zealand.

Specifically, the ANHSC aims:

  1. To promote the establishment of high quality screening programs for the early detection of permanent childhood hearing impairment throughout Australia and New Zealand.
  2. To promote accessible and appropriate assessment, both audiological and medical, for all children who are identified by those screening programs.
  3. To promote the availability, accessibility and quality of immediate and ongoing intervention for all children identified with permanent hearing impairment in Australia and New Zealand.
  4. To promote the availability and quality of immediate and appropriate information and support for all parents of children identified with permanent hearing impairment in Australia and New Zealand with a view to supporting their independent decision making regarding assessment and/or intervention in regard to their child’s hearing.
  5. To promote the establishment of a national database of permanent childhood hearing impairment, covering severity, aetiology, age of onset and manner of detection, in every state, territory or health region of Australia, for the monitoring of outcomes and epidemiology to inform research and service provision.
  6. To develop and promote the adoption of appropriate models, standards and protocols for high quality early detection and intervention for permanent childhood hearing impairment.
  7. To advocate for the appropriate evaluation of processes and outcomes for all the above.
  8. To promote research into the delivery and outcomes of early detection and intervention for permanent childhood hearing impairment in Australia and New Zealand.
  9. To facilitate discussion and sharing of experience among those concerned with early detection and intervention for permanent childhood hearing impairment in Australia and New Zealand through a variety of means, but particularly through the staging of a biennial conference.

The Committee consists of members from every state and territory in Australia, as well as representatives from New Zealand. Committee members cover a number of elements of early detection process including program administration and management, parents, audiology, paediatrics, otorhinolaryngology, habilitation, and early intervention/education (see http://www.newbornhearingscreening.com.au/)

Conference App

The conference app is available for download. Click the link below.

Conference Managers

For all enquiries please contact the team at Conference Design:

mail@conferencedesign.com.au
+61 3 6231 2999

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Special thanks go to The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children for their support of the 2017 conference.

Audiology Australia CPD Endorsement

The Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference has been endorsed for up to 9.25 CPD points and the endorsement number is CPD1517 197.

Audiology Australia members can claim points in either the 2015-2017 or the 2017-2018 CPD cycle. There is an opportunity to indicate which CPD cycle to allocate the points to by ticking the appropriate box on the conference evaluation form which is available from the registration desk.  Important: If claim points you are required to sign in to every session.  A list is available at the back of the conference session rooms.  If you have any queries, please ask at registration.

Accessibility

Live captioning (The Captioning Studio) and Auslan interpreters (Auslan Services) will be provided for all sessions in Clarendon Ballroom A (concurrent sessions) and Clarendon Ballroom B+C (plenary & concurrent sessions).

GOLD CONFERENCE PARTNER

SILVER CONFERENCE PARTNER

BRONZE SPONSOR

KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPONSOR

EXHIBITORS

Speakers

To view speaker biographies please visit the speakers page.

Dr Sue Archbold, PhD

The Ear Foundation
Nottingham, UK

Proudly sponsored by Cochlear

Dr Stephen Walker

Associate Medical Director,
Cognitive Institute

Professor Harvey Dillon

National Acoustic Laboratories

Who Should Attend

  • Hearing screeners (Incl nurses and midwives)
  • Audiologists
  • Paediatricians/ENTs
  • Family Support providers
  • Early Intervention providers/Educator
  • Speech and Language pathologist
  • Hearing Screening Program managers
  • Advocates

Venue

Langham Hotel, Melbourne
1 Southgate Ave
Southbank VIC 3006
Australia

Click here to view a google map of the venue

Conference Organising Committee

Greg Leigh
Zeffie Poulakis
Rachael Beswick
Kirsty Gardner-Berry
Moira McLeod
Susie Costello
Ann Porter
Alison King
Valerie Sung
Melinda Barker
Amarjit Anand
Bianca Liersch
Fiona Panizza
Jennifer Bursell
Jo Quayle
Lara Shur
Lee Kethel
Marian Brandreth
Michelle Courts
Nguyet De Mello