7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
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Dr. Goldman is the Keynote speaker at SAC’s 2023 Audiology Event. He is a Canadian emergency physician, best-selling author, public speaker, and radio personality. His published works include The Power of Teamwork, The Power of Kindness, The Night Shift, Real Life in the ER and The Secret Language of Doctors. He is the host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art and The Dose.
In the high-pressure and complex setting of healthcare, a new approach to teamwork is leading to healthier patients, happier staff and more efficient operations. Dr. Goldman latest book The Power of Teamwork, draws on ground-breaking research and real-life examples from around the world to show how a team approach in healthcare can translate and improve how we can all work better together in speech-language pathology, audiology, and beyond!
9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Starting a vestibular audiology practice can be challenging. This course will walk participants through the thought process and the steps of an initial vestibular assessment. It will cover the foundational understanding of the anatomo-physiology of the vestibular system, the essential components of a successful patient interview, and all the essential parts of an objective assessment (VNG) – oculomotor testing, positional and positioning tests, caloric test, and video head impulse test (vHIT). Participants will learn how to perform and interpret each of these tests as well as begin to formulate diagnostic hypotheses to guide patients through the next steps, including possible referrals and implementation of vestibular management strategies
9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Occupational stress and burnout have a tremendous impact on overall physical and mental health. Curiously, audiology is often labelled a low-stress profession based on broad categories of stressors experienced across diverse careers. However, to label an entire profession as low stress diminishes the lived experience of individual audiologists who experience tremendous stress in the workplace, and those who experience burnout that impacts their professional caregiving role and their quality of life. This talk will describe researched-based information on stress and burnout, including the impact of stress, stressors reported by audiologists, components and symptoms of burnout, the impact of burnout on patient care, and approaches to address stress and burnout in the workplace.
9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.
As a member of a child’s circle of care, a paediatric clinical audiologist accompanies families along the journey as a child acquires hearing loss from medical treatment. Our scope of practice includes assessment, interpretation and reporting of findings, making recommendations, and informational and supportive counselling. This work can feel lonely and sad for the clinician. At the same time, we share moments of remarkable immediacy and delight as families and the care team navigate a child’s life-threatening conditions. The audiologist has a unique role in helping families ameliorate the adverse effects of ototoxic hearing loss on communication, speech and language learning, and quality of life.
11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Audiologists have long embraced their important role in rehabilitation and vestibular rehabilitation, as it fits naturally within the scope of practice. In this course participants will learn what is next once a vestibular assessment has been completed, going beyond canalith repositioning maneuvers, starting with basic concepts in vestibular education and counselling. There will be discussions about who is a candidate for traditional vestibular and balance rehabilitation, what preventative measures can be used when a patient is not a candidate, and finally what types of exercises should be used to address the issues identified in the assessment.
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This session will focus on practical considerations of hearing and listening skills in people with autism across the lifespan. Current research in autism and hearing will be discussed. This research will include describing auditory aspects of autism, including the perspective of autistics that includes with perspective of “nothing about us without us.” Specific considerations in audiologic assessment and management will be addressed including testing modifications that may help to provide the best outcomes for the listener. Additionally, questions regarding sound tolerance and potential auditory processing disorders will be addressed. Case studies will be included. The purpose to this session is to explore the role of audiology in working with people with autism and their families and to provide practical recommendations.
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Join us from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. for networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.