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10th Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference | 21 – 22 March 2019

On behalf of the Queensland local conference committee and hosting organisation, Children’s Health Queensland, it will be our great pleasure to welcome each, and every one of you to the beautiful Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, for the 10th Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference (ANHSC).

The Gold Coast, or ‘GC’ as it’s affectionately known, sets the scene for our conference with stunning beaches, incredible coastal wildlife and of course, hipster cafes and glamorous poolside bars. We hope that this backdrop enables a time to reflect on newborn hearing screening and provide opportunities to look to the next 10-years and what that might hold for us, under the conference theme – Strengthening Pathways. Securing Futures.

The biennial ANHSC is known to be a significant event for the discussion on current evidence and clinical practice.  We are delighted to have three Keynote Speakers, Dr Anne-Marie Tharpe, Dr Teresa Ching and Dr Tim Moore, from inside and outside of the hearing sector, to progress our knowledge and inspire us for the future.

This year, the scientific program fosters discussion around topics that impact on newborn hearing screening, such as hearing screening after the newborn period, aetiologies and risk factors for childhood hearing loss and parent perspectives on newborn hearing screening. Importantly, it is a fantastic way to connect with new evidence and to inspire future partnerships and collaborations.

Thank you to the ANHS Committee for their significant contribution towards conference preparations: Greg Leigh, Chair of the ANHS Committee; Zeffie Poulakis; Kirsty Gardner-Berry; Alison King; Ann Porter; Bianca Liersch; Samantha Everitt; and Lisa Callahan.  We are also extremely grateful to the Queensland local organising committee: Delene Thomas; Suzanne Harris; and Kim Eaton.

On behalf of the Australasian and local organising committees, we welcome all our speakers, session chairs, participants and parents to the ANHSC 2019, at what promises to be a rewarding and invigorating conference.

2019 Conference Conveners

Dr Rachael Beswick
Director, Healthy Hearing | Children’s Health Queensland

Mrs Lauren McHugh
Speech Pathologist, Healthy Hearing | Children’s Health Queensland


Dr Anne Marie Tharpe

Professor and Chair – Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville Tennessee

Dr Teresa Y C Ching

Head of Communication – Sciences Department and Pediatric Hearing Impairment research at the National Acoustic Laboratories in Australia

Dr Tim Moore

Senior Research Fellow – Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

To view more information on our speakers, including their full biographies please CLICK HERE.







Venue & Destination

The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest.

RACV Royal Pines Resort
Ross Street
Benowa, QLD 4217

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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

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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.

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