Planning & Implementing Hearing Healthcare: From Global to Local Solutions

Planning & Implementing Hearing Healthcare: From Global to Local Solutions
Led by Professor Andrew Smith
Date: Tuesday 6 March – Friday 9 March 2018
Time: Tuesday-Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 1pm
Location: Australian Hearing Hub

Following World Hearing Day, this 4-day instructional course led by Professor Andrew Smith, will provide a platform to align knowledge and discuss avenues towards transforming and integrating hearing healthcare within public health. Bringing together researchers, clinical decision makers and policy makers it aims to familiarise participants with the principles of global public health approaches to ear and hearing care, with an emphasis on effective local planning and implementation. This includes disadvantaged and remote communities and the indigenous population.

Professor Andrew Smith is a world-renowned public health expert at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was responsible for the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment at the World Health Organisation from 1996 to 2008.

A detailed article regarding the course can be found here – ENT & Audiology News – Andrew Smith: Public health planning for hearing impairment

This course is hosted by the Centre for the Implementation of Hearing Research, Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub.


We have opened up day-only registration. The daily registration rates are:
– Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday: $150
– Friday (half day): $100
If you would like to register for one (or two) days please contact me on  ext. 8709.

Event opening session on Tuesday 6 March, 9.00am – 10.30am (which includes morning tea) will be open and free to the public. You are all warmly invited to attend this session, whether you have registered for the rest of the course or not. Please email to register.


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6-9 March 2018

Tuesday 6 Wednesday 7

Thursday 8

Friday 9
AM Chair: Prof Catherine McMahon



DVC Research Prof Sakkie Pretorius


Keynote Speech – TBC


The state of hearing research, services, and impact for the Australian population

Prof Catherine McMahon


Course Day 1

Prof Andrew Smith

Introduction: purpose, overview, learning objectives, teaching methods

Hearing awareness exercise (over morning tea)


Public hearing health

Strategies/exercise for prevention

Course Day 2

Prof Andrew Smith

Primary Ear and Hearing Care (PEHC), and role of CBR

Links to Aboriginal hearing health

Samantha Harkus

Research study design/ population-based methods, WHO survey methods, rapid assessment

Early detection for early intervention

Planning: Set objectives and priorities

Group work: determine priorities, objectives, activities.


Course Day 3

Prof Andrew Smith

WHO Global programme on Prevention of Deafness and Hearing

Dr Shelly Chadha (TBC)

National Programme for control of Hearing loss & Deafness

Barriers to hearing aids

Raising awareness & advocacy

Health economics

Group work: finalise project proposals

Chair: Prof David McAlpine


Presentation of group projects


Hearing Health and strategy implementation

Prof Catherine McMahon and Prof Frances Rapport


Course summary and Q&A

Prof Andrew Smith and Prof Catherine McMahon





Global Programmes – are they necessary?


Principles of planning

Group work: Define target population, situation analysis, aim of group project