Macquarie Audiology clinic receives Stewart House Gold Award
An audiology support program from Macquarie University’s Speech and Hearing Clinic has been recognised with a gold partner award from Stewart House.
The program involves clinic staff and Master of Clinical Audiology students screening the hearing and middle ear function of children visiting Stewart House. This includes some of the most disadvantaged and at risk children and young people from all areas of New South Wales (NSW), including a large indigenous population. The program has tested hundreds of children to date with approximately 20 per cent identified as requiring further attention from their local audiology service, school, General Practitioner or an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist.
Audiology Clinical Manager Phil Nakad has been key to establishing the program and he sees it as a win-win for both Stewart House and Macquarie.
“This program ensures that chronic hearing issues are detected and treated in this vulnerable group. The sooner such issues are treated and managed the better a child or young person’s educational and health outcomes become” explains Phil.
“Our audiology students also gain a broader practical experience, seeing cases they may not have previously had exposure to.”
The program is continuing to expand and expects to cover more than 1,000 students annually. The key staff and students involved in the program include
- Phil Nakad (Audiology Clinical Manager)
- Rebecca Kim (Associate Lecturer, Audiology)
- Dr Mridula Sharma (Senior Lecturer, Audiology)
- Yee-Foong Stone and Andrew Myles (Clinical Placement Coordinators)
- Master of Clinical Audiology.
Macquarie Audiology School
The Master of Clinical Audiology program at Macquarie University Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.
Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2014
To be eligible to apply to the program, applicants must have
- completed an undergraduate degree; and
- have achieved a minimum cumulative average of at least a credit average.