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Auditory Processing Disorder Reference Group announced

July 22, 2014

Following completion of the review into Auditory Processing Disorder which was completed by Sapere Research Group on behalf of the Ministries of Education and Health, an expert reference group is being established to progress many of the areas which were identified in the review report where no consensus could be agreed. This expert reference group will include work on the following areas:

Develop agreed evidence-based practice, information, guidelines and/or pathways for:

·  diagnosis of APD (including diagnosis of younger students and those with other disabilities/co-morbidities)
·  reporting by audiologists
·  intervention strategies
·  appropriate use of hearing devices.

Develop an information base to improve recognition and understanding of APD by families and whānau, the wider community and health and education professionals.

Investigate issues related to access to the assessment of APD and the provision of treatment and hearing devices.

The expert reference group will be chaired by an independent facilitator and members of the group will include the following representatives:

·  New Zealand Audiological Society (x2)
·  University based Audiology Schools (x1)
·  Consumer representative & Human Rights Advocate (The National Foundation for the Deaf) (x1)
·  Advisor on Deaf Children (x1)
·  Hearing Advisor, Accessable (x1)
·  Ministry of Health (x1)
·  Ministry of Education (x1)

Terms of reference for the group have been prepared in draft and will be confirmed by the group once it has been established. Once the group gets underway a programme of work will be established. Further input from other people, including parent representatives, may be sought in relation to specific subject areas. Information about the group's progress will be made available as it gets underway and the two Ministries are looking forward to working with group members to progress this work

If you have any questions about the consumer input into the reference group, please feel free to discuss these with Louise Carroll, Chief Executive of The National Foundation for the Deaf, who is also acting on the group as the Human Rights Advocate.