8th Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference (ANHSC 2015)

Screening for the Future

19-20 June 2015
SMC Conference and Function Centre
Sydney, Australia


Keynote Presenters:
Dr Christie Yoshinaga Itano Dr Guy Lightfoot
Dr Christie Yoshinaga Itano
Institute of Cognitive Science
Dr Guy Lightfoot
ERA Training and Consultancy Ltd

The Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening biennial conference presented Australasia’s best opportunity to discuss trends in the newborn hearing screening sector, hear about national and international initiatives, and participate in thought provoking workshops showcasing the innovative ways in which professionals respond to the challenges they face in continuing to deliver high quality and newborn hearing screening and related programs.
The Conference program included keynote presentations by Dr Christie Yoshinaga-Itano and Dr Guy Lightfoot as well as a wide range of presentations about national and international research and practice.
Dr Yoshinaga-Itano also provided the 2015 Libby Harricks Memorial Series oration. Since 1999, the Libby Harricks Memorial Oration series has raised awareness of the key issues relating to hearing impairment

Thursday 18th June (Pre-Conference Workshop)
Audiology Australia: Specialist diagnostic course forum
VTC presentation Guy Lightfoot
Live question time and discussion with Guy Lightfoot
Friday 19th June
Welcome by Professor Greg Leigh, AO, Chair Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee and Welcome to Country by Uncle Alan Madden, Gadigal Elder
Official opening and address by the Hon. Senator Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services
KEYNOTE ADDRESSOutcomes of children identified through Universal Newborn Hearing Screening across the United States: Children with hearing loss only and those with special needs Christie Yoshinaga-Itano
Gold Sponsor Address: Cochlear Ltd

Parental experiences of UNHS and engagement in early intervention
• The power of a parents’ journey: Hearing screening practitioner reflections Felicity Hood
• Measuring parent engagement Suzanne Harris
• What are the factors that impact on the timing of engagement in early intervention services by children with permanent hearing loss and their families? Trish McLean
• Is early intervention by six months the exception rather than the norm? Zeffie Poulakis

Issues in audiological management
• Teleaudiology: Providing diagnostic hearing assessments to infants and children living in remote and rural communities Alison Collins
• Putting it all together: The role of functional listening and objective testing for infants Katie Neal
• Communication in infant diagnostic appointments Rebecca Kim
• The use of sedation in paediatric audiology Kelly Nicholls

Exploring parental decisions to decline screening
• What do you mean you are declining? Gaby Kavanagh
Persuasion or coercion? A case study on the ethical challenges of non-compliance Rosemary Douglas
Workshop: In the best interests of the baby? Felicity Hood

Data management in UNHS Programs
• Are we on track as a screening program? Results from the Queensland state wide screening audit Delene Thomas
• From manual to electronic: Designing and implementing a newborn hearing information management system for New Zealand Kathy Bendikson
• Workshop: Putting out spot fires after trailblazing Gaby Kavanagh

Gold Sponsor Address: Australian Hearing

Remote professional training and support: Development and use of an audiology mentoring program Guy Lightfoot

Outcomes of early identified children with hearing impairment at 5 years: Update on the 5-year-old LOCHI Study data Teresa Ching

Saturday 20th June

Developing an evidence base for the management of unilateral hearing loss: The CUHL study Teresa Ching
Panel presentation/discussion on identification and intervention in unilateral hearing loss

Research initiatives: Outcomes and parental engagement
• Generation Victoria (GenV): Building on expertise and systems to transform the health and wellbeing of generations of children Melinda Barker
• The evolution and innovation of VicCHILD, the world’s first longitudinal population-based childhood hearing impairment databank Melissa Wake
• Reasons for differences in the level of a father’s participation in their child’s audiological rehabilitation: A pilot study Melissa Trickey
• Considering variation in protocols for intervention for children with unilateral hearing loss Teresa Ching, Emma Rushbrooke and Greg Leigh

Issues in screening and early intervention programs
• Queensland early intervention minimum standards of practice Lauren McHugh
• ‘On Our Watch’: Identifying additional developmental concerns in children with hearing loss attending an early intervention program Lyn Richards and Hester McMillan
• The culture and physiology of childbirth in relation to newborn hearing screening programs Angela Deken
• Cultivating caregiver attachment in deaf infants Judy Bainbridge

Intervention options and approaches for unilateral hearing loss
• Parental reactions to unilateral hearing loss: Is the glass half full or half empty? Valerie Green
• Intervention options for children with unilateral hearing loss and single-sided deafness Annika Batros and Lynda Farwell
• Unilateral Hearing Loss: How do we successfully support families in rural and remote Australia? Tracey McCann
• Transdisiplinary approaches to Unilateral Hearing Loss Aleisha Davis

Screening and surveillance
Should infants with a syndrome or craniofacial anomaly be screened for a hearing loss at birth? Rachael Beswick
• SWIS-H Screening in NSW: We have listened to our lessons Nguyet deMello
• Can congenital CMV screening be integrated into an existing newborn hearing screening program? Results of a pilot study in Queensland Rachael Beswick and Delene Thomas
• Using the before school hearing check to capture infants who didn’t attend follow-up screening after “The Incident” Pat TuohyCan congenital CMV screening be integrated into an existing newborn hearing screening program? Results of a pilot study in Queensland

Engagement with indigenous communities
• The Lockhart River Community Development Project: Using a community development model to work across agency lines with the goal of mitigating the impact of hearing loss on the child, family, and their community. Selma Kum Sing and Karen Drury
• How does age of first hearing aid fitting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children compare with non-Indigenous Australian children? Sam Harkus
• Working in partnership to improve the identification and management of hearing loss for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland Maggie Butler and Gavin Bott
• Working in multi-disciplinary teams to provide improved access to newborn hearing screening for indigenous and culturally diverse communities Julie Castro

Updates and developments in early intervention programs (Oral Poster Presentations)

Libby Harricks Memorial Oration
Towards a new model for the Deaf infusion of leadership in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention ServicesChristie Yoshinaga-Itano

Please direct all enquiries to the 2015 Conference Coordinator:
Trudy Smith
02 9872 0302

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Australian Hearing