THE Otorhinolaryngology Department of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital is organising a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) Training Workshop for Screeners which began yesterday at the Women and Children Centre, RIPAS Hospital.
The two-day workshop will conclude today, February 9, a press release stated.
Some of the objectives of conducting the workshop are to serve as a training platform for nurses selected as screeners for the UNHS Programme, to supervise hands-on in performing hearing screening and assessment of screener’s competency and understanding of the programme, as well as to offer information on screening tools used (Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission [DPOAE] and Automated Auditory Brainstem Response [AABR]).
Participants followed a series of lectures yesterday and were given the opportunity to learn how to handle screening tools and how to use them during the hearing screening assessments through hands-on practical sessions.
The lectures were given by local speakers from RIPAS Hospital and an invited speaker, Julie Castro, Senior Area Manager of Northern and Eastern Cluster of the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Programme.
In one of her lectures, she shared her experience in the implementation of the UNHS in Melbourne, Australia.
The participants will be assessed at the end of the workshop through a written test and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
It is hoped that at the end of the workshop, participants could become competent and ethical screeners in preparation for the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme in RIPAS Hospital.
A total of 17 participants attended the workshop yesterday, comprising nurses, assistant nurses and midwives from the Paediatric Department and the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of RIPAS Hospital.