Pre-Conference Masterclasses & Mini Hack

New to the AudA 2020 Conference

As part of the new conference structure, 10 masterclasses facilitated by international and local experts will be on offer prior to the kickoff of the AudA 2020 Conference.

Held on Sunday 3 May, a diverse range of masterclasses will dive deep into a specific topic area relevant to the needs of today’s audiologists. You will leave with a thorough understanding of the competencies covered and how they can be applied in your work context. Our first ever mini hack will also take place on the Sunday.

Places are strictly limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. We recommend booking early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Please read through the information provided on each masterclass before registering as timings for each masterclass will vary.

If you are not attending the conference, please click on the following button to register for a masterclass only.

Masterclass 1

Working effectively with children who have autism and their families

Time: 0900 – 1630 (full day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $320 | Non-Member: $440
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $470 | Non-Member: $540

CPD Points: 6 CPD Points Category 2

Masterclass Facilitators
Dr Christine Yoshinaga-Itano (PhD), Professor, University of Colorado
Alison King, Principal Audiologist Paediatric Services, Hearing Australia

Details
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that is characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities.

Since both hearing loss and autism have an impact upon communication, the audiologist plays a vital role in ensuring children who experience communication difficulties are provided with the most appropriate intervention.

Audiological management of children who are on the autism spectrum is further complicated since the displayed characteristics affect behavioural hearing assessment, interaction with the child client and the management and use of hearing technologies.
This masterclass entails a multi-disciplinary perspective on the management of children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. It will draw upon expertise from audiology, early intervention and paediatrics, combined with lived experience of families.

The format comprises a blend of presentations, case studies and panel discussions, during which participants will have the opportunity to both share their own experiences and learn from the experiences of the presenters, colleagues and parents.

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Masterclass 2

Connected hearing care: your future as an audiologist in an online world

Time: 0900 – 1215 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 3 CPD Points Category 2

Masterclass Facilitators
Prof Deborah V. Ferrari, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Jenny Smith, Consultant, Jenny Smith Audiological Consultancy

Details
This masterclass will explore every element of the connected hearing care journey: from prevention, through amplification modifications with remote software applications; to basic trouble shooting like wax management or device insertion; and ongoing rehabilitation services to improve communication. It will address key questions about enhancing your practice using the myriad of connected healthcare methods in a cost-effective and commercially-viable way.

It will provide an opportunity for participants to have a hands-on experience of remote fitting and fine-tuning applications across a range of different software packages provided by a range of manufacturers. It will also address the basics of scheduling and appointments; moving through to setting up NOAH files and record keeping systems; onto fitting, fine-tuning and verification of devices with a remote care service package; and finally review this application for HSP claiming.

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Masterclass 3

Shaping your future: foundations for a successful private practice

Time: 0900 – 1215 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 3 points (Category 2)

Masterclass Facilitators
Robert Traynor, Consultant, Robert Traynor Audiology
Dirk de Moore, Director, Bendigo Hearing Clinic
Stephen Logan, SJL Business Consulting

Details
While less than 15% of Audiology practices in Australia are run privately/independently, running your own private practice in audiology can be personally, professionally, and financially rewarding. It gives you complete control of all aspects of your career, business and personal goals. While private practice can offer a very satisfying career path, there is much work that needs to be completed before the signs are hung and doors are opened (if your service will even have doors in the future?). Success in private practice takes planning as well as implementation of the plan.

Through a guided hands-on exercise, you will have the opportunity to understand different business models and determine the best fit for your circumstance. You will have the opportunity to develop a business plan with support and guidance from successful business owners. You will also learn from the mistakes and successes of other business owners which will help inform your business plan through the facilitated panel session.

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Masterclass 4A or 4B*

Cerumen management and impression taking

Time: 0900 – 1215 (half day), or 1315 – 1630 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

* Please note, you can either attend the morning session (2A) or the afternoon session (2B) of this Masterclass

CPD Points: 3 points (Category 2)

Masterclass Facilitators
Kaushalya Troy, Director, Audire Hearing
Meg Bumpstead, Director, Clear Ears
Rebecca Wood, Head of Audiology, Bernafon Australia
Domenica Goncalves, Consultant & Account Manager, Sanibel Supply

Details
Cerumen impaction is a common presentation to Audiologists in the audiology clinic. This masterclass will address review ear canal pathologies and the advantages and disadvantages of different cerumen management techniques.

Under supervision you will participate in various cerumen management techniques with emphasis on extraction of foreign bodies (hearing aid domes, beads, cotton tips, insects etc) and impression taking requirements.
The masterclass will also provide an opportunity to practise deep ear impression taking and will consider a range of factors when taking ear impressions including material selection, ear examination, impression taking, with final evaluation to be discussed.

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Masterclass 5

Vestibular clinical cases – from diagnosis to interpretation

Time: 0900 – 1215 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 3 points (Category 2)

Masterclass Facilitators
Dr Kamran Barin (PhD), Ohio State University, Ohio

Details
Within the vestibular field, there can be a disconnect between diagnostic vestibular assessments and result interpretation for practicing audiologists. This is more evident for clinicians who are new to vestibular assessment and have limited experience.

This masterclass is designed for clinicians who have a reasonable knowledge of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation but are looking to build on this foundation. It will integrate theoretical and practical components that brings together the core elements of balance assessments, how to perform the tests and how to interpret the results through case studies.

The masterclass encourages interaction from participants who will choose the assessments they deem relevant to the case and make clinical decisions on what happens next.

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Masterclass 6

Advancing expertise in infant diagnostic evoked potentials assessment

Time: 0900 – 1215 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 3 points (Category 2)

Masterclass Facilitators
A/Prof Mridula Sharma, Program Director, Audiology, Macquarie University
Dr Julia Wunderlich (PhD), Senior Audiologist, Monash Audiology
Rachael Hyder, Manager Audiology, Barwon Health

Details
This masterclass will present a basic understanding of the electrophysiological tests employed in infant diagnostic testing. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the various factors that contribute to a successful assessment. From the technical aspects of equipment and setup, through to the different tests (TB-ABR and ASSR) and testing protocols and lastly to the relationship we build with families and babies, this Masterclass will provide practical, real-life information that can be used directly in clinical practice.

Masterclass 7

Hyperacusis and disorders of sound tolerance

Time: 1315 – 1630 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 3 points (Category 2)

Masterclass Facilitators
David Baguley, Professor of Hearing Sciences in the Division of Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

Details
Audiologists are equipped to work with patients with hearing loss, but those in whom the complaint is of reduced or collapsed sound tolerance can be a challenge. In this workshop we will work together to explore the terminology around disorders of sound tolerance, including hyperacusis, decreased sound tolerance, misophonia, and functional audiogenic seizures. We shall reflect upon the role of the Audiologist in such situations, and the evidence base for clinical interventions will be examined. Unanswered questions for research and clinical practice will be identified.

Masterclass 8

Competing in a new era of hearing healthcare: strategic development and marketing for private audiology practitioners

Time: 1315 – 1630 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 3 points (Category 2)

Masterclass Facilitators
Robert Traynor, Consultant, Robert Traynor Audiology
Katherine Toates, Director, The Marketing Department

Details
To formulate any reasonable strategy for thriving in today’s hearing healthcare market, it is useful to understand where we are today, how we got here, and how current major trends can influence the future strategies of independent practice. Identifying your competitive edge in the ever-evolving market and then appropriately articulating this is essential.

This master class will include the development of necessary skills to analyse the competition, develop a competitive strategy for success and a supporting marketing strategy.

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Masterclass 9

Advanced vestibular masterclass: VHit & SHIMP (suppression head impulse test) and tests of vestibular compensation

Time: 1315 – 1630 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 3 points (Category 2)

Masterclass Facilitators
Dr Kamran Barin (PhD), Ohio State University, Ohio
Dr Dayse Tavora-Vieira (PhD), Head of Department, Fiona Stanley Hospital
Dr Roberta Marino (PhD), Senior Audiologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital

Details
This masterclass will present you with the anatomy and physiology underlying the VHit and SHIMP tests and describe clinical applications of both VHit and SHIMP. Participants will have hands on experience with both tests as well as case discussions.

The class will also cover tests of vestibular compensation such as the dynamic visual acuity tests and dynamic posturography including the clinical usefulness of these tests and applications. Participants will also have hands on experience with these tests with clinical case discussions.

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Masterclass 10

Am I bad, mad, sad or really just an imposter? 10 critical things every audiology professional should know to prevent imposterism and burnout

Time: 1315 – 1630 (half day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 3 points (Category 2)

Masterclass Facilitator
Dunay Schmulian, Lecturer in Audiology, The University of Queensland

Details
Designed for audiologists, you will be exposed to the latest research in audiology dealing with Imposterism and Burnout. Participants will be guided through exercises to recognise and remedy immediate and longer terms strategies by introducing them to the Imposterism and Burnout Toolkit. Participants will be invited to commit to the Accountability Pledge.

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Mini Hack

Future-proofing adult rehabilitation services: be the change you want to see

Time: 0930 – 1630 (full day)
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost if attending the conference: Member: $160 | Non-Member: $220
Cost for Masterclass only (not attending the conference): Member: $235 | Non-Member: $270

CPD Points: 6 CPD Points (5 CPD Points Category 2, 1 CPD Points Category 3)

Masterclass Facilitators
Disruptors Co.

Details
New technologies, service delivery models and consumer expectations are transforming the hearing sector. Such developments challenge the traditional role of an audiologist as we currently know it.

These changes can be viewed as an opportunity or a threat…

  • Are you ready to challenge the status quo?
  • Are you ready to move beyond the problem?
  • Are you ready to respectfully collaborate with other audiologists to find solutions?

Audiology Australia is running a mini-hack as part of the AudA 2020 Conference that will provide participants with the opportunity to “learn through doing”.

Participants will work in groups to develop solutions to common audiological challenges that could help inform, inspire and share the future of adult rehabilitation. Clinicians, researchers, innovators and policy makers will work collaboratively in groups to come up with solution designs for problems facing both audiologists and their clients, and then present these to a panel of judges, with the chance to win prizes at the end of the day.

This is a collaborative, fast paced, solution-focused day to deliver real solutions that can be implemented for our profession.

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