PHYL5612 Community and Workplace Audiology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers the effects of hearing loss caused by noise or disease on populations. Models and programs of identification and management are presented. Topics include epidemiology of hearing loss, screening programs (infant, paediatric and adult), management of otitis media in children (including Indigenous Australians), effects of noise on hearing and health, hearing conservation and noise management, national standards and legislative requirements related to noise exposure, workplace assessment of noise, noise management planning, noise control, SLMs, Leq, A/B/C sound-level weighting, and workers' compensation in Australia. The unit introduces students to the roles of audiologists in community and workplace settings. It focuses on working in 'programs' as part of a team of individuals as opposed to the one-to-one role audiologists have with clients in clinical settings. The three major program areas the unit covers are neonatal hearing screening programs, programs for management of otitis media in Indigenous Australians, and noise management programs. A pass in each of the assessment components is required to pass the unit.
Students are able to (1) explain effects of hearing loss caused by noise or disease on populations (urban/rural); (2) explain models and programs of identification and management; (3) explain aspects of the epidemiology of hearing loss and other audiological conditions, including middle ear issues and Indigenous health; (4) explain hearing conservation requirements, noise management, legislative requirements, national standards, workplace assessment and workers compensation; and (5) explain in detail audiological practice in neonatal hearing, otitis media in Indigenous populations, and noise management.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment; (2) an assignment; and (3) a theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helmy Mulders and Dr Helen Goulios
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540)
the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840);
completion of 48 points in the degree
PHYL5611 Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 2; PHYL5614 Audiology Research Project Part 2; PHYL5617 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 2
Contact hours
lectures/lab classes: equivalent to 4 hours a week, but delivered in an intensive 5-week course in June‚ÄďAugust; plus self-paced assignments and tutorials
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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