2019 – Program

Thanks to all who attended and contributed to a wonderful 2019 ANHS Conference. 

‘PRESENTATION PDF’ appears alongside titles below where the speaker has given their consent for publishing.


The Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference was endorsed by Audiology Australia for:
Day 1 = 6 points
Day 2 = 5.25 points
Endorsement number CPD1819060


Thursday 21 March 2019 – Conference Day 1

0730 – 0830 Registration Desk open
Opening Session (Plenary Session 1) – Prince Room | Chair – Greg Leigh
0830 – 0845 Welcome to Country – Craig Williams | Descendant of Jackey-Jackey, King of Logan-Pimpama
Conference Opening – Professor Greg Leigh
0845 – 0850 Sponsor Address – Scanmedics
0850 – 0950 Keynote Address
Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children: Past, Present, and FutureProfessor Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
0950 – 1020 Morning Tea
Concurrent Session 1
Aetiologies Mild / Unilateral Hearing Loss
Prince Room | Chair – Joanne Quale
Jacaranda + Karrie Webb Rooms | Chair – Kirsty Gardner-Berry
1020 – 1040

A population study of exome sequencing in congenital hearing impairment.

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

Australian guidelines on investigations for childhood hearing loss

Valerie Sung

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

Nerina Scarinci

1110 – 1130

High incidence of hearing impairment in single neonatal unit

Tammy Brinsmead

Parent perceptions and experiences of managing young children with mild hearing loss: A qualitative study

Jing Jing Lin

1135 – 1155

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

Karen Liddle

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

Jing Wang


1200 – 1220

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

Elizabeth Peadon
Deepali Trackroo

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

Patricia Van Buynder

1220 – 1320 Lunch
Concurrent Session 2
Unilateral Hearing Loss Panel Presentation | Prince Room | Chair – Kirsty Gardner-Berry
1320 – 1420

Emerging evidence from the Children with Unilateral Hearing Loss (CUHL) study

Panel Chair
Dr Teresa Y.C. Ching, PhD
Head of Communication Sciences Department and Pediatric Hearing Impairment research
National Acoustic Laboratories Australia

CMV Informed Decision Making
Prince Room | Chair – Zeffie Poulakis Jacaranda + Karrie Webb Rooms | Chair – Valerie Green
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?

Elizabeth Peadon

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

Julie Castro

1450 – 1510

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

Valerie Sung

Are practices that promote effective decision-making in clinical settings being used when parents make decisions regarding their child who is D/HH?

Ann Porter


1515 – 1535

CMV screening in Queensland four years on: lessons learnt

Lauren McHugh
Rachael Beswick

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

Ann Porter


1535 – 1605 Afternoon Tea
Concurrent Session 3
Risk Factors Telepractice & Professionals with lived experience Medical Workshop
Prince Room | Chair – Rachael Beswick Jacaranda + Karrie Webb Rooms | Chair – Lia Traves Norfolk Room
1605 – 1625

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

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

Monique Waite

Hearing it in the genes

Fran Maher
Valerie Sung
Lilian Downie
Elly Lynch



1630 – 1650

Relationship between congenital hearing loss, screening results, risk factors and other demographic variables: 10 years of evidence from a UNHS program database

Jane Fitzgibbons

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

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

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 Cocktail Function – proudly sponsored by Otometrics – a division of Natus
Drinks and canapes provided


Friday 22 March 2019 – Conference Day 2

0800 – 0830 Registration Desk open
Plenary Session 2 – Prince Room | Chair – Greg Leigh
0830 – 1000

The first 1000 days: why they matter and what they mean for us

Dr Tim Moore, B.A., Dip.Ed., Ph.D., M.A.P.S.
Senior Research Fellow
Policy, Equity & Translation
Centre for Community Child Health
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

1000 – 1030 Morning Tea
Concurrent Session 4
Audiology Screening Early Intervention
Prince Room | Chair – Rachael Beswick Karrie Webb Room | Chair – Melinda Barker Jacaranda Room | Chair – Lauren McHugh
1030 – 1050

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

Florencia Montes

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

Larissa Ralph


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

Peter Carew

1055 – 1115

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

Alison Jagger

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings!

Delene Thomas

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

Jen Mckee
Sheridan Howell


1120 – 1140

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

Inge Kaltenbrunn


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

Angela Deken
Nicola Ellis

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

Mansoureh Nickbakht


1145 – 1205

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

Kylie Bolland


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

Judith Mccloskey
Judith Noonan

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

Anita Condon

1210 – 1230

Effect of age at intervention on language outcomes at age 5 years for children with mild hearing loss in the LOCHI study

Teresa Ching

Which chemotherapy drugs in pregnancy matter to Hearing Screeners?

Delene Thomas

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.

Sophie Morson
Judi Krause

1230 – 1330 Lunch
Concurrent Session 5
Post-Natal Hearing Loss Cochlear Implant
Prince Room | Chair – Zeffie Poulakis
Jacaranda + Karrie Webb Rooms | Chair – Alison King
1330 – 1350

Targeted Hearing Screening in the Community – Delegation Model

Beth Polkinghorne

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

Emma Rushbrooke

1355 – 1415

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

Emma Williams

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

Peter Carew


1420 – 1440

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

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

Kirsty Gardner-Berry

1445 – 1505

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

Rachael Beswick

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

Kirsty Gardner-Berry

1505 – 1535 Afternoon Tea
Plenary Session 3 – Prince Room | Chair – Greg Leigh
1540 – 1620 Keynote Address
What Lies Ahead for Children with Hearing Loss?

Professor Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

1620 – 1635 Closing Address