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Government Inquiries – View Submissions Online Now

IAA has contributed to both the following concurrent inquiries:
Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia by the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport
View and download submissions here

A follow up public hearing will take place in Canberra on 14 February 2017, investigating emerging treatments for hearing health.

The provision of hearing services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS
View and download submissions here

A follow up public hearing will take place in Melbourne on 20 February 2017.  IAA has been invited to provide evidence at that public hearing.  The hearing will be broadcast from http://www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/Watch_Parliament

 

 

Hearing and Deafness in Children: Identity, Trust and Technology

Thinking creatively about hearing and deafness
in children

24 – 26 February 2017

Water’s Edge
1 Buller Road
Port Macquarie, NSW

Bring family & friends to Port Macquarie has the best climate in Australia, a beautiful coastline & great restaurants.
Join academics, policy makers, parents, clinicians, educators and community representatives for a thought provoking and cutting edge seminar convened by Mel Gray-Thompson. 

ENDORSED BY AUDIOLOGY AUSTRALIA FOR 22.5 CPD POINTS

Auslan-English interpreters and live captioning available throughout the seminar.

Registrations are now closed

If you wish to apply for a late regsitration or have any questions, please contact Dr Louise Collingridge IAA Executive Officer
Tel: 0424 720 915
Email: exec@independentaudiologists.net.au

Read more here………………

 

Image: Blue Beach Girl. Lino-print. Art work by Donna McDonald; Printed by Wim deVos, Studio West End. 2016.

 

REGULATION OF AUDIOLOGY

The ABC and Radio National featured the ACCC investigation into audiology and the sale of hearing aids in Australia in news broadcasts during June 2016.

Listen to the ABC from 28 June 2016 segment here.

Read the transcript of ACCC investigates rorting claims in audiology industry – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Listen to the follow up segment from  30 June 2016 here.

Read the transcript of Peak audiology bodies call for reform 30 June 2016

The ACCC advised us that:

  • The ACCC sought to understand consumer experiences though a survey to explore the nature and extent of concerns about the sale of hearing devices.
  • Responses to the survey highlighted a range of consumer concerns and we have been following up on some of the examples and to obtain further information.
  • The ACCC is reviewing the information but hasn’t yet formed a view as to whether consumer law issues arise. We expect to say something publicly in the coming months.
  • Although the survey has concluded, if consumers or clinicians would like to raise concerns about the sale of hearing devices they may continue to do so by contacting the ACCC’s Infocentre on 1300 302 502 or by visiting the ACCC’s website and lodging an online complaint.

IAA has promoted regulation of the audiology profession as a healthcare profession under AHPRA, in line with the way our colleagues in closely affilliated professions are regulated (including optometry, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing, medicine, Chinese medical practitioners and others).

We recently surveyed audiologists to ask if they think audiology should be a regulated profession in Australia, as it is in many other countries.  97% of audiologists answered “yes”.  The other 3 %  said they did not know.  No audiologists answered “no”

IAA has been seeking to educate its members, the audiology profession, and affiliated consumer groups about the need for regulation of audiology for several years.

Download the IAA paper here: IAA Regulation of Audiology in Australia July 2015

Read our Wellington Declaration calling for a clear separation of industry and profession, taken up by IAA  in 2015.

Our code of ethics, which all members are signatories to, is available here.

Follow discussion about regulation and audiology in The Conversation – here.

Send comments or enquiries on the regulation of audiology in Australia to exec@independentaudiologists.net.au