CPD Points
The Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference has been endorsed for:

Day 1 = 6 points
Day 2 = 5.25 points

Endorsement number is CPD1819060.

This is a provisional program only and is subject to change


Thursday 21 March 2019 – Conference Day 1

0730 – 0830 Registration Desk open
Opening Session (Plenary Session 1)
0830 – 0845 Welcome to Country
Conference Opening
0845 – 0850 Sponsor Address
0850 – 0950 Keynote Address | Anne-Marie Tharpe
0950 – 1020 Morning Tea
Concurrent Session 1
Aetiologies Mild/UHL
1020 – 1040

A population study of exome sequencing in congenital hearing impairment.

Dr Lilian Downie

What does the Australian Hearing national data-base tell us about children who have received amplification for mild or unilateral hearing loss?

Alison King

1045 – 1105

High incidence of hearing impairment in single neonatal unit

Dr Tammy Brinsmead

Audiologists perceptions and experiences of managing young children with mild hearing loss and their families: A qualitative study

A/Prof. Nerina Scarinci

1110 – 1130

Australian guidelines on investigations for childhood hearing loss

Dr Valerie Sung

Mild Matters: Insight into the conoundrums of managing mild hearing loss

Dr Jing Jing Lin

1135 – 1155

What are the causes of congenital hearing loss at a population level in Queensland?

Dr Karen Liddle

Academic, behavioural and quality of life outcomes of children with slight to mild hearing loss: A population-based study

Ms Jing Wang

1200 – 1220

Lessons we have learnt from working with complex children after diagnosis of infant hearing loss.

Dr Elizabeth Peadon
Ms Deepali Trackroo

It’s a grey area: The factors influencing audiologists’ management of children with mild bilateral hearing loss

Ms Patricia Van Buynder

1220 – 1320 Lunch
Concurrent Session 2
1320 – 1420

Panel 1: Mild/UHL panel

Chaired by Teresa Ching

CMV Informed decision making
1425 – 1445

Can we use evidence to align congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection diagnosis and management practice in infants with hearing loss across tertiary children’s hospitals in NSW?

Dr Elizabeth Peadon

What matters to you? Person centred care when transitioning families from universal newborn hearing screening programs to audiology services.

Ms Julie Castro

1450 – 1510

HearS-cCMV: pilot feasibility and cost-effectiveness of targeted congenital cytomegalovirus screening

Dr Valerie Sung

Is there an “attitude problem” in information provision for parents of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing? An analysis of the types and frequency of attitudinal language within two early intervention websites

Ms Emily Kecman

1515 – 1535

CMV screening in Queensland four years on: lessons learnt

Mrs Lauren McHugh
Dr Rachael Beswick

Exploring bias in decision-making – what does this mean for parents and professionals?

Mrs Ann Porter

1535 – 1605 Afternoon Tea
Concurrent Session 3
Risk Factors Telepractice & professionals with lived experience
1605 – 1625

The relationship between pattern of newborn hearing screening test results and infant diagnostic audiological assessment results.

Dr Peter Carew

“Should my family receive early intervention via telepractice or in-person?” – A pilot study of a decision aid to assist families in making this choice

Dr Monique Waite


Hearing it in the genes

Dr Fran Maher
Dr Valerie Sung
Dr Lilian Downie
Elly Lynch



1630 – 1650

Do Neonatal Hearing Screening Results and Risk Factors Predict a Hearing Loss Diagnosis? 10 Years of Evidence from a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program Database.

Dr Jane Fitzgibbons

Caregivers’ perceived and actual levels of involvement: A comparison of telepractice and in-person early intervention settings

Ms Melissa McCarthy

1655 – 1715

The relationship between permanent hearing loss risk indicators and diagnostic audiology assessment results among infants referred on a newborn hearing screen

Mr Jonathan Hall

Bringing the personal experience to the professional – What happens when those impacted by hearing loss actually run the supports and services for others.

Roz Keenan, Stacey Johnson, Julian Scharf, Ashleigh Wallach


1720 – 1740

Hearing pathways for children with a syndrome or craniofacial abnormalities: A Queensland Review.

Philippa Horn

1740 Close of Day 1
1745 – 1945 Welcome Function – proudly sponsored by Otometrics – a division of Natus
Drinks and Canapes


Friday 22 March 2019 – Conference Day 2

0800 – 0830 Registration Desk open
Plenary Session 2
0830 – 1000 Tim Moore
1000 – 1030 Morning Tea
Concurrent Session 4
Screening Audiology Early Intervention
1030 – 1050

It’s not me, it’s the equipment… or is it? Testing perceptions using data.

Mrs Larissa Ralph

Quality and improvement: How well are we doing in the diagnostic process?

Ms Florencia Montes

Expressive language in a population cohort of two-year-old children with hearing loss

Dr Peter Carew

1055 – 1115

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings!

Mrs Delene Thomas

Testing hearing in newborns “early” – does it make a difference to audiology process and outcome?

Ms Alison Jagger

Partnerships provide good outcomes – Education, not for profit and Health delivering positive early intervention outcomes

Ms Jen Mckee
Ms Sheridan Howell

1120 – 1140

Building a resilient, engaged and united screener workforce using the Resilient organizations 13 indicator model. A proven recipe for success!

Ms Angela Deken
Ms Nicola Ellis

Is earlier always possible? A review of infants diagnosed with Unilateral ANSD

Ms Inge Kaltenbrunn

Development of a Minimum Data Set for a Needs Assessment Tool for Families of Children with Hearing Loss in the Transition to Early Intervention: An eDelphi study

Mrs Mansoureh Nickbakht

1145 – 1205

“From confusion to clarity…..” Establishing a newborn hearing risk factor brochure.

Ms Judith Mccloskey
Ms Judith Noonan

Optimal Management of Infants and Young Children with Conductive Hearing Loss associated with Cleft Palate

Ms Kylie Bolland

The development of a Communication Assessment Protocol to complement the Queensland Minimum Standards of Practice.

Ms Anita Condon

1210 – 1230

Which chemotherapy drugs in pregnancy matter to Hearing Screeners?

Mrs Delene Thomas

Hearing and structural preservation in paediatric cochlear implantation: considerations for future developments in hearing restoration therapies

Dr Kirsty Gardner-berry

National survey data analysing the barriers and gaps hearing health professionals and Deaf and hard of hearing young people and their families face when trying to access mental health services.

Mrs Nicole Davolio

1230 – 1330 Lunch
Concurrent Session 5
Post-natal hearing loss Cochlear implant
1330 – 1350

Targeted Hearing Screening in the Community – Delegation Model

Mrs Beth Polkinghorne

Outcomes and Clinical Considerations for Paediatric and Young Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients with Single Sided Deafness

Ms Emma Rushbrooke

1355 – 1415

Preschool Hearing Screening – Could Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) screening provide an effective, efficient and well-tolerated alternative to Pure Tone audiometry?

Dr Emma Williams

Speech perception outcomes for children using cochlear implants who have a premature and/or low birth-weight history.

Dr Peter Carew

1420 – 1440

Identifying Hearing Loss Beyond the Newborn Period – What’s Happening in Queensland

Miss Stephanie Keszegi

The changing profile of paediatric cochlear implantation over 26 years at the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre – age at implant, unilateral vs bilateral, and radiological findings

Dr Kirsty Gardner-berry

1445 – 1505

Detection of hearing loss beyond the newborn period: A systems approach

Dr Rachael Beswick

1505 – 1535 Afternoon Tea
Plenary Session 3
1540 – 1620 Keynote Address | Anne-Marie Tharpe
1620 – 1635 Closing Address


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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