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Understanding the Hearing Australia program

A webinar presented by Alison King - Principal Audiologist for Paediatric Services at Hearing Australia

About the webinar

Most of Aussie Deaf Kids’ members will have had some experience receiving services that are funded by the Hearing Services Program, whether you’re the parent or carer of a child with newly-diagnosed hearing loss, or someone who has a long-standing relationship with Hearing Australia. Have you ever wondered what lies behind the services and technology you receive from your local Hearing Australia centre? This webinar will give you some insights into the program as a whole, including:

  • When did the Australian Government’s children’s hearing services program start, and why?
  • Who decides what services can and can’t be provided to Australian children? How is the program funded?
  • How does Hearing Australia use the funding to help children in all parts of Australia?
  • What is the difference between the Hearing Services Program and the NDIS?
  • How does Hearing Australia make sure that children and families receive a quality service?

About the presenter

Alison King has been an audiologist at Hearing Australia for over 36 years. During this time she was a paediatric audiologist, before becoming a specialist clinical advisor and is currently the Principal Audiologist for Paediatric Services at Hearing Australia. She has provided hearing services to children in every state and territory, including outreach to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Alison has been involved in a number of clinical research projects within Hearing Australia/National Acoustic Laboratories, and with other agencies, including a secondment to the Melbourne Cochlear Implant Clinic in 1994. Alison has also had a strong interest in research into Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, and led the development of Hearing Australia’s clinical management protocols for ANSD, which were amongst the earliest to address this complex condition. She provided lectures to the Masters of Clinical Audiology at the University of Melbourne for 25 years and taught the paediatric audiology subjects at the Inaugural Joint China-Australia audiology course in Beijing in 1997. In 2008 Alison was awarded a certificate of outstanding service from Audiology Australia and in 2016 was invited to present the Denis Byrne Memorial Lecture at the XXII Audiology Australia conference. In 2017 she was one of the team who developed an international consensus practice parameter for the management of unilateral hearing loss in children.

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10-Dec-2021 2:00 PM (AEST)