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The National Screening Unit newsletter
In this issue:
- Screening takes “centre stage” at Te Matatini Festival
- Update on cervical screening programme improvements
- Latest news from bowel screening programme
- Breast screening media campaign gets a re-screen!
- BreastScreen Auckland’s new centre puts consumer needs first
- NZ Obstetric Ultrasound Guidelines – Have your say
- NZ newborn hearing screening celebrates 15 years
NZ newborn hearing screening celebrates 15 years
Newborn hearing screening was first initiated by former Waikato DHB audiologist Michele Pokorny and Funding and Relationship Manager Ruth Rhodes, and has since been established as a national programme, with all eligible babies in New Zealand now able to receive a hearing screening check.
The core goals of the national programme are ensuring that babies are screened by one month of age, hearing checks are completed by three months and the right support is in place by six months.
These checks are done via the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention Programme, which aims to identify newborns with hearing loss early so they can get the help they need for language, learning and social development.
The National Screening Unit’s Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programme Leader, Dr Samantha Everitt joined with Waikato DHB staff and Michelle Pokorny to recognise this important anniversary.
“It is great to be able to celebrate the important work Waikato DHB did in introducing newborn hearing screening into New Zealand,” says Dr Everitt. “New born hearing screening has made a huge difference to the lives of so many people, not only to the babies identified with hearing loss through the programme, but also for their families and whānau.”
Since 2004, the Waikato team have screened over 77,900 babies. There have been:
- 1366 babies referred for follow up treatment by audiologists
- 441 babies identified with a hearing loss
- 141 of these babies have a permanent hearing loss in both ears
- 112 babies have been fitted with hearing aids
- 25 infants have had cochlear implants.
Visit Waikato DHB’s website for more about the Newborn Hearing Screening service
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