2017 Program

The program below will be updated when required. Please check this page regularly.

CPD Points
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.

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

Thursday 18 May 2017

1730 -1830 Registration Desk Open | Business Centre Room – Hotel Lobby

Friday 19 May 2017

 0800 Registration Desk Open
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C – Podium Level – Langham Melbourne
 0900-0920 Acknowledgement to Country
Official Conference Opening – Councillor Jackie Watts – City of Melbourne
Welcome and Opening Remarks – Prof Greg Leigh AO,  Chair Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee
 0920-0925 Sponsor Address – Cochlear
 0925-1020 Keynote Address: Dr Sue Archbold, PhD – The Ear Foundation, Nottingham, UK – proudly sponsored by Cochlear  
Early Intervention or Early Interference?  
 1020-1045 MORNING TEA
Program Evaluation
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C
Chair: Nguyet De Mello
Room: Clarendon Ballroom A
Chair: Dr Kirsty Gardner-Berry
1045-1105 To infinity and beyond: Partnerships utilising hearing screening program infrastructure
Dr Zeffie Poulakis
Parent informational needs at diagnosis of hearing loss: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies
Rachael Hyder
1110-1130 Mapping the Healthy Hearing Pathway: Are we meeting our KPIs?
Lauren McHugh, Kelly Nicholls
Improving accuracy in classifying neonatal hearing losses
Andrew Geyl
1135-1155 Understand what they say, believe what they do: Evaluation of practice using a state-wide database
Dr Rachael Beswick, Gavin Bott
Using an Information Management System to Inform Practice in Paediatric Audiology Settings
Kelly Nicholls
1200-1220 We didn’t just hear you, we listened. Are we getting it right? A qualitative review of tailoring the Newborn Hearing Screening Pathway
Melanie Dowling
Mild-moderate congenital hearing loss: secular trends in outcomes across four systems of detection
Peter Carew
1225-1245 Targeted Hearing Screening in the Community – Delegation Model
Beth Polkinghorne
Speech perception outcomes of 5-year-old children using hearing aids or cochlear implants: findings of the LOCHI study (Outcomes Symposium paper 3)
Patricia Van Buynder
1245-1340 LUNCH
  Newborn Hearing Screening
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C
Chair: Dr Rachael Beswick
Audiology Workshop/ Outcomes
Room: Clarendon Ballroom A
Chair: Alison King
1340-1400 We should screen every baby, right?
Gabrielle Kavanagh

The complexity of ANSD starts at the time of diagnosis
Florencia Montes, Monica Wilkinson, Carolyn Cottier

1405-1425 Expect the unexpected: Lessons learned in Queensland during the AccuScreen device implementation
Delene Thomas
1430-1450 Meh – Indifference, disinterest and disconnect
Gabrielle Kavanagh
1455-1515 When baby wash isn’t being used to wash babies -Sourcing and implementing an appropriate product for newborn hearing screening
Melinda Barker
Special populations implanted under 18 months– trajectories in performance
Maree Mctaggart
  Newborn Hearing Screening
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C
Chair: Bianca Liersch
Room: Clarendon Ballroom A
Chair: Dr Valerie Sung
1540-1600 Empowering Managers to change workplace culture for greater collaboration with maternity hospitals
Julie Castro, Larissa Ralph
Early intervention following early detection is key to better language outcomes: update on the LOCHI study (Outcomes Symposium Paper 1)
Dr Teresa YC Ching
1605-1625 Neonatal Screening Outcomes for Natural vs Caesarian Section Delivery
Ian Henderson
Psychosocial development hinges on good language and functional performance: update on the LOCHI study (Outcomes Symposium paper 2)
Prof Greg Leigh
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C
Chair: Dr Zeffie Poulakis
1630-1730 Keynote Address: Dr Stephen Walker – Associate Medical Director, Cognitive Institute
The challenges of reliability and safety – an exploration of  strategies that can lead to higher reliability
1730 Sessions Close
1900 Conference Dinner – Alto Room – The Langham Melbourne


Saturday 20 May 2017

0815-0845 Registration
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C
Chair: Dr Kirsty Gardner-Berry
0845-0945 Keynote Address:  Prof. Harvey Dillon – National Acoustic Laboratories
Why do so many children get their first hearing aids during the early school years?
0945-1025 Panel Presentation: Dr Kirsty Gardner-Berry, Dr Zeffie Poulakis, Dr Rachael Beswick, Dr Harvey Dillon & Ms Jennifer Bergman
Screening during early childhood and beyond: target populations, approaches, interventions and justifications
1025-1045 MORNING TEA
  Post NHS/Parent
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C
Chair: Ann Porter
AN and non SNHL/ATSI
Room: Clarendon Ballroom A
Chair: Alison King
WORKSHOP SESSION 2 – Consensus Statement for Medical Investigation
Room: Collins Room
Chair: Dr Valerie Sung
1045-1105 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adults: the benefits of involvement in our screening to intervention systems
Sally Webster, Julian Scharf, Dean Barton-Smith
Update: Age of first hearing aid fitting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children compared to non-Indigenous Australian children
Samantha Harkus
1110-1130 Post diagnosis support from Trained Experienced Parents and Deaf/Hard of Hearing adults: what is the value?
Phillipa Fuamatu, Catherine Clémot, Rosa Romano
Indigenous Pathways Project – Web-based resource to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families, to navigate through the Clinical & Educational Pathways for Children diagnosed with Permanent Hearing Loss
Selma Kum Sing
1135-1155 The Parents’ perspective of the early diagnostic period of their child with hearing loss: information and support (Outcomes Symposium paper 4)
Dr Ennur Erbasi
The effect of aetiology on long-term outcomes in children with auditory neuropathy
A/Prof. Gary Rance
1200-1220 From New Born Screening to Hearing Implantation – An Update on Paediatric Hearing Loss Management
Dr Hayley Herbert
Relationships between NHS and age at Hearing-Aid and Cochlear Implant fitting, and their impact on Communication Outcomes for Children within the Victorian context
Dr Shani Dettman

Working towards a consensus statement for medical investigation of infants with hearing loss

Dr Valerie Sung, Dr Elizabeth Peadon



1225-1245 Monitoring for postnatal hearing loss using a risk factor registry: Are we any closer to the truth?
Dr Rachael Beswick
Bonebridge Surgery in Young Children
Dr Hayley Herbert
1245-1340 LUNCH
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C
Chair: Dr Kirsty Gardner-Berry
Room: Clarendon Ballroom A
Chair: Joanne Quayle
1340-1400 Whole Exome Sequencing in infants with congenital hearing loss
Dr Lilian Downie
When early diagnosis and early intervention don’t happen early
Dr Melinda Barker
1405-1425 Paediatric hearing services and research in Victoria: working towards predicting prognosis in the era of genomic medicine
Dr Valerie Sung
Informed choice: Parental decision-making following diagnosis of their baby’s unilateral hearing loss
Ann Porter
1430-1450 Investigating the aetiology of congenital hearing loss: What can Australian data tell us?
Dr Elizabeth Peadon
Using tele-practice to support early hearing aid fitting for infants
Karin Gillies
1455-1515 Childhood Hearing Clinic – Causes of Congenital Hearing Loss
Audit of results of investigations
Dr Karen Liddle
Widening horizons: A study on the use of telepractice to deliver family-centred early intervention
Melissa McCarthy
Room: Clarendon Ballrooms B+C
Chair: Prof Greg Leigh
1540-1640 Plenary Address: Dr Sue Archbold, PhD – The Ear Foundation, Nottingham, UK – proudly sponsored by Cochlear
Moving forward – what have we learnt and what next…..
1640-1650 Program Close