A day at the Australian Hearing Hub – Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf (ITOD)

“A day at the Australian Hearing Hub”
A site visit for Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf (ITOD)
Date: Friday 6 December
Time: 9:15 – 2:00
Location: Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Australian Hearing Hub

Cost: $20
Morning tea and lunch will be provided. We have chosen to reduce the cost of the event to facilitate your attendance recognising that parking at Macquarie University is an additional expense.

The Australian Hearing Hub members invite Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf for a site visit to learn about the clinical work and the research that is taking place at the Australian Hearing Hub.

Accreditation: Completing A day at the Australian Hearing Hub course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.5, 1.6, 6.3, 6.4 and 7.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

There will be a number of short presentations by many of the Australian Hearing Hub members, including Hearing Australia, National Acoustic Laboratories, Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children, The Shepherd Centre, Macquarie University and Cochlear Limited. Please see the agenda below.

After a tremendous response, registration is now closed as we have reached our capacity for the event. To go on the waitlist, please email Louise Dodd at louise.dodd@mq.edu.au and you will be contacted if a place becomes available.




Time Topic Presenter
8.45 – 9.25 Registration
9.25 – 9.45 Welcome

·        Overview of the Australian Hearing Hub

·        Overview of the Macquarie University Hearing Strategy

David McAlpine, Professor of Hearing, Language & The Brain

Director of Hearing Research

9.45 – 10.15 Hearing Australia

·        Overview, Research and Demographics

·        Roger/FM systems

·        CI support for children

·        NDIS- an update

·        How we can support local training for ISTHs

Simone Punch, Clinical Coach and Paediatric Audiologist
10.15 – 10.35 Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children

·        Cochlear implant overview

·        Candidacy and referral

·        RIDBC services

Kylie Chisholm, Northern Sydney Area Manager

Best Practice Lead Cochlear Implant Re/habilitation

10.35 – 10.55 The Shepherd Centre

·        The Shepherd Centre Services

·        Functional Listening Index Paediatric (FLI-P)

·        Access to sound protocols

Joanna McAdam, Principal Listening and Spoken Language Manager
10.55 – 11.15 MQ Health Speech and Hearing Clinic

·        Macquarie University’s school screening of hearing program

·        Provide an overview of our hearing screening program

·        Provide an overview of the Stewart House data set

Phillip Nakad, Audiology Manager
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break


  • Tour Anechoic Chamber – 15 min
  • booths


11.45 – 12.05 National Acoustics Laboratories (NAL)

Psychosocial functioning of children with hearing loss in Australia

·        Findings from the LOCHI study, an long-term study of children growing up with hearing loss in Australia.

·        Discuss the relation between social functioning and cognition

Vivienne Marnane, Researcher, Communication Sciences Department
12.05 – 12.25 Child Language Lab

·        Language development in children with hearing loss: Implications for teaching practice

·        Describe the communicative abilities of pre-schoolers and school-aged children with hearing loss – in terms of comprehension and production

·        Identify where, when, and why breakdowns occur

·        Discuss how schools can play a role in fostering better communication abilities

Nan Xu Rattanasone, Research Fellow, Deputy Director of the Child Language Lab, member of Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences
12.25 – 12.45 Centre for Emotional Health

·        Understanding anxiety in children, particularly in children with hearing impairments

·        Approach to managing anxiety problems

·        Services available to assist

Jennie Hudson, Professor, academic clinical child psychologist.
12.45 – 1.25 Lunch


  • Tour anechoic Chamber – 15 min
  • booths
1.25 – 1.50 Cochlear

New Paediatric Adolescent Rehabilitation Resources

·        Introduction to Cochlear Family

·        Paediatric Resources: Starting School Toolkit

Adolescent & Adult Resources: Bring Back the Beat™ App

Tricia Medina M.Aud.A (CCP), Cochlear Recipient Engagement Manager (APAC)




·        Tour anechoic Chamber – 15 min

·        booths