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Around half the children born with hearing impairment have no identified risk factor for the condition. It is widely acknowledged that delays in the identification and treatment of permanent childhood hearing impairment may profoundly affect quality of life in terms of language acquisition, social and emotional development, and education and employment prospects. All states and territories in Australia have universal neonatal hearing screening. This working paper presents a set of performance indicators for monitoring neonatal hearing screening activity in Australia at a national level. National evaluation and monitoring provides a measure of how well neonatal hearing screening is achieving its aims and objectives and will enable strengthening of screening practices and administrative processes to further improve outcomes for Australian infants.

ISBN 978-1-74249-477-7; Cat. no. CAN 73; 62pp.; $14

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
    • Key findings
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Purpose and structure
      • Childhood hearing impairment in Australia
      • Background and governance
      • Aims and objectives of neonatal hearing screening
      • Issues for consideration
    • 2 Performance indicator development
      • Performance indicator development principles and methodology
      • Data concepts
      • The current indicator set
    • 3 National performance indicators
      • How to use the information on indicators
      • Indicator 1 Participation
      • Indicator 2 Screening
      • Indicator 3 Audiological assessment and diagnosis
      • Indicator 4 Early intervention and management
    • 4 Technical specifications
      • How to use the information on technical specifications
      • Indicator 1 Participation
      • Indicator 2 Screening
      • Indicator 3 Audiological assessment and diagnosis
      • Indicator 4 Early intervention and management
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A Neonatal Hearing Screening Working Group membership
      • Appendix B Neonatal Data Specification Subgroup membership
      • Appendix C National Framework targets and indicator decision matrix
      • Appendix D Data elements required to calculate performance indicators
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. National performance indicators to support neonatal hearing screening in Australia. Cat. no. CAN 73. Canberra: AIHW.

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