Audiology Australia, on behalf of the Hearing Health Sector Alliance, has received funding from the Federal Department of Health to develop paediatric audiology competency standards.

These competency standards will provide clarification and guidance for hearing health professionals and the public about the minimum requirements expected of audiologists providing paediatric services to patients.

The Hearing Health Sector Alliance has already approved Terms of Reference and has appointed Margaret Dewberry, an audiologist with more than 40 years of experience, to act as independent Chair for the Working Group.

“I am delighted that this funding has been received and will support the development of clear guidance for health professionals and clients and their families as they work through hearing health issues in infants and children,” says Margaret.

“Early intervention and support for children with hearing loss is vital to ensure they can achieve their best potential in life, and establishing clearer and more specific standards will be invaluable to greater hearing health outcomes for thousands of Australian families.”

The process to develop the competency standards will be collaborative, and relevant stakeholders will be invited to engage in a consultation process.

For more information about the project, please contact the Working Group secretariat, Georgie Bodman on (03) 9940 3900 or

For media enquiries about the project, please contact Megan Gidley on 0414 492 674 or