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10/27/2018  |   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   |  Kramer Lecture Theater 2

Samoa Hearing Services

Establishing a sustainable audiological service to a small Pacific Island, over a ten-year period, has presented many challenges. This presentation will address the many strategies adopted to do this work. A group of audiologists have made twenty visits, for seven days each, at their own expense to Samoa since 2007. Funding for this service has been a problem, but several sources have been identified and the Rotary organization, both in Australia and Samoa, have been very helpful in recent years. It is essential to establish close links with local organizations involved with hearing health care and to provide training and ongoing support for local colleagues. Hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturers have assisted with the provision of devices and equipment. Audiologists in Australia working with Attune Hearing and others in New Zealand have collected used hearing aids and equipment. It has been possible to assess the hearing of Samoan children and provide high power hearing aids for over two hundred children, to fit them using a high standard and to be able to maintain them. Involvement of parents and teachers has been important, especially where children live in a remote location far from the main clinic. Funds to cover traveling expenses for such children and their parents are necessary due to the low income of many Samoans. The importance of links with local medical staff, especially otologists is another factor. It is hoped that a description of this experience will assist others involved in similar work.

  • Establishing services in a small Pacific island
  • Challenges in providing sustainable services
  • A hearing health care plan for Samoa

Presentation:
18607_9793PhilipNewall.pdf

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Philip Newall (Primary Presenter,Author), Atune Hearing, philip.newall@ridbc.org.au;
Professor Newall is employed as a senior audiologist by Attune Hearing in Australia. He was involved in establishing academic programs for audiologists in the Philippines, Manila and Beijing. He is Fellow of the Audiological Society of Australia and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Philip Newall has research interests in clinical audiology, especially in the area of amplification for the severely and profoundly hearing-impaired and in the epidemiology of deafness and tinnitus. He has written more than 100 articles in scientific journals and has been a chief investigator on research grants worth over A$3 million. He has made over 130 presentations at conferences in Australia and overseas. He is an Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University, and a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle, and a Professorial Fellow at the Renwick Centre in the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in Sydney, Australia.

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Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.

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Financial - Receives support from Rotary International and Attune Hearing .  

Cristina Newall (Co-Author), Attune Hearing , cristynewall@gmail.com;
Cristy Newall qualified initially as a nurse and worked with deaf persons in the Philippines and has worked as an audiologist in Australia for 7 years. In the Philippines, she organised and taught sign language to deaf children and adults, and to volunteers for the Deaf. She also helped to establish and run the Lourdes Centre, which is a home for abandoned severely handicapped children. She is fluent in American Sign Language and published a “Sign Picture Vocabulary”. She has a Masters Special Education from De La Salle University in Manila and when she moved to Sydney, Cristy completed the Masters in Clinical Audiology from Macquarie University. She works as an audiologist at Concord Hospital and with Attune Hearing in Australia.
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Genelle Cook (Co-Author), Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Genelle.Cook@ridbc.org.au;
Genelle Cook is a very experienced paediatric audiologist who is the Head of Jim Patrick Audiology Centre in the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
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