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ERIC Number: EJ811588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1464-3154
Parent and Professional Perspectives on the Western Australian Infant Hearing Screening Program
Sutherland, Jane; Remine, Maria D.; Brown, P. Margaret
Deafness and Education International, v10 n3 p168-188 Sep 2008
This study investigated the views of parents, newborn hearing screeners and Telethon Speech and Hearing (TSH) professionals of the Western Australian Infant Screening for Hearing (WISH) Program. Three questionnaires were used to gather information from the participants. Sixteen responses to the questionnaire were obtained (five parents, five screeners and six TSH professionals) with an additional parent telephoning in her responses. Overall, results showed that families and staff involved in the WISH Program were satisfied with the hearing screening, audiological, early intervention and counselling services provided by the WISH Program and TSH. Recommendations were offered by participants to assist in improving services, as well as continuing the quality of services being offered. Major recommendations were to continue efforts to implement a statewide newborn hearing screening programme in Western Australia, to continue the WISH Program for the private sector, and to make this freely available to parents. Other suggestions included provision of consistent and clear information for parents; an enhanced database system and ongoing data entry; supply of feedback to screeners; and promotion of the WISH Program through improved education of hospital professionals and parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia