Hearing services are provided by a range of government and non-government agencies in NSW. This information is provided for consumers to locate NSW Health clinical services they may need.
You can find out more in
the SWIS-H Program Guidelines or read the
2009/10 SWIS-H Program evaluation.
Five parent/carer brochures describing the SWIS-H program are available in English and 31 other community languages, in paper form from SWIS-H screening staff or via download:
The screening section of the program involves the screening of all newborns in NSW using Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) technology. If newborns do not pass hearing screening they are referred for diagnostic audiological assessment. Technology is available to diagnose hearing problems in the neonatal period and early identification and intervention are important, with research suggesting that intervention commencing by 6 months of age may result in optimal speech and language development and minimise the need for ongoing special education.
A special resource,
Hearing loss and your Baby: the next step is provided to parents/carers of infants who are diagnosed with a hearing loss and is available in 14 languages. This resource includes information about different types of hearing loss, effective ways of communicating with your baby with a hearing loss, support services and other useful resources.
The SWIS-H Travel program entitles a parent, who lives more than 100 km one way from one of the three SWIS-H assessment facilities, to be reimbursed for travel if the baby has been identified for follow-up diagnostic audiology services following screening for hearing under the SWIS-H program.
The SWIS-H Travel Assistance Scheme form can be downloaded.
For general enquiries, please contact your local SWIS-H coordinator. Find your local SWIS-H coordinator and facilities where SWIS-H hearing screening is conducted by clicking on the shaded area in which you live in the map below. Zoom in to enlarge the map.
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