Past events 1 Nov 2017 to 31 Oct 2018

13 Nov 17

Hearing Loss: A Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia and the Causes and Consequences of Social Isolation

By 2050, one-in-four Australian adults will experience hearing loss, and older adults will experience the highest prevalence and greatest impairment. Hearing loss impacts communication and quality of life for the person with the hearing difficulties, their significant others, and is just one of many conditions which contribute to the complexities of ageing. An understanding of the breadth and complexity of the ageing process is essential for professionals working with older adults, to deliver consumer-centric, family-centred care.

There will be two fantastic sessions:

  1. Hearing Loss: A Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia
    This seminar will begin with a keynote address by internationally respected thought leader Prof Barbra Weinstein from New York. She will address the highly prevalent and progressive chronic condition, age related hearing loss (ARHL). Hearing loss is highly prevalent among vulnerable cognitively impaired older adults with a significant proportion experiencing disabling hearing loss. Social isolation and peripheral hearing loss have been recognized as potentially modifiable dementia risk factors. There is a growing interest in identifying modifiable risk factors given the cost savings that can accrue. The connections between dementia and hearing loss will be discussed along with the efficacy of auditory based interventions.
  2. Ageing Colloquium:Causes and consequences of Social Isolation

    This colloquium will bring a multidisciplinary approach to how ageing can impact an individual’s quality of life and functioning. Rather than focusing on impairment alone, the panel will also consider how ageing impacts an individual’s Activities, Participation, along with the influence of individual context

This panel will consist of a group of experts from diverse professional backgrounds and will be facilitated by Dr Caitlin Barr. This session will provide delegates an opportunity to reflect on your individual practice and promote a holistic approach to achieving the best outcomes for older adults.

The common theme between all speakers will be use of the WHOs International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The ICF is widely used in disability and health sectors as a framework to describe the far-reaching effects of a range of health conditions on individuals. This biopsychosocial framework can be used to describe the experience of an individual in the components of body functions, body structures, and activities and participation, and it considers the influence of contextual factors (environmental and personal) on these components.


  • 2.25pm to 2.45pm – Registration and Afternoon Tea
  • 2.45pm to 2.50pm – Welcome and Introductions
  • 2.50pm to 3.30pm – Hearing Loss: A Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia
  • 3.30pm to 5.00pm – Ageing Colloquium
  • 5.00pm to 6.00pm – Networking Drinks

Our Expert Panellists

Professor Barbara E. Weinstein
Professor & Founding Executive Officer of the Doctor of Audiology Program, City of New York (CUNY) Graduate Centre.

An expert in hearing loss in older adults, Barbara E. Weinstein earned her Ph.D. in audiology with a minor in geriatrics from Columbia University. Weinstein has authored several textbooks, the most recent being Geriatric Audiology (2012). The author of close to one hundred articles and book chapters, she speaks nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics ranging from social isolation and hearing loss in the elderly, to senile dementia and hearing loss, to hearing aids and hearing health promotion and screening. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), an Oyer Fellow, and a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for the New York State Speech Language Hearing Association. She served as a panelist on the National Institutes of Health consensus panel on cochlear implants.

Weinstein developed the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly and its companion version, the Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults, the most widely used scales to screen adults and older adults for hearing loss, as well as to measure outcomes. She is the recipient of local, state, and federal grants in excess of $750,000 on ageing, workforce education, counselling older adults, and outreach.

Associate Professor Solomon Yu
Clinical Deputy Director of Aged and Extended Care Services (AECS) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

A/Professor Yu is currently a senior consultant geriatrician and Deputy Director of Aged and Extended Care Services (AECS) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network. He is also a clinician researcher and completed his PhD study with Dean’s commendation, University of Adelaide, in 2014 on the topic of “Sarcopenia in Older People” - an important biomarker of frailty. The focus of his study looks at developing a tool for detecting sarcopenia at an early stage, so that preventive intervention can be introduced before detrimental effects set in. He has presented his study both nationally and internationally and is continuing to refine his work in this area.

A/Professor Yu is Associate Investigator with the University of Adelaide School of Medicine’s NHMRC Centre Research Excellence Frailty Trans-Disciplinary Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital campus and Basil Hetzel Institute. As a Clinical Associate Professor, he is works in the Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care Centre in Adelaide.

Dr Helen Barrie

AAG President and University Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide

Dr Helen Barrie is the current national president of the Australian Association of Gerontology, having served on state and national committees for the AAG of the past 10 years and is also an active member of the Institute of Australian Geographers and the Australian Population Association. Helen is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide where her research has a focus on Australia’s ageing population and the implications of this for individuals, society and communities.

Helen’s particular research and professional interests include place and ageing, rural issues and their influence on older people, community connectedness and the social networks of older people, and the demography of ageing. Much of this work has an emphasis on spatial analysis. Helen’s background is in community development, working in not-for-profit community based organisations for over 20 years, both in Australia and overseas.

Facilitated by Dr Caitlin Barr

Dr Caitlin Barr is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne and HEARing CRC. In her PhD, she explored older adults’ definition of patient-centred hearing care then observed and analysed whether the communicative behaviours indicative of patient-centred care occurred in audiology consultations.

Latterly, Dr Barr’ research has expanded to focus on translational research that changes practice; that is, her research incorporates family-centred care and eHealth using behaviour change theory and implementation science approaches to develop and evaluate behaviour change interventions. This specific focus and outcomes of this research are health professional behaviour change. Dr Barr has obtained national and international recognition as an emerging leader in patient centred hearing care in audiology. Dr Barr currently coordinates major subjects in the Master of Clinical Audiology degree at the University of Melbourne which focus on adult hearing rehabilitation, clinical communication and professionalism. Dr Barr is also a board director of Audiology Australia.

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Registrations close on FRIDAY 10 November 2017 at 06:30pm ADST.

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Event Date & Time: Monday, 13th November 2017, 2.15pm to 6.00pm ADST

Event Location: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, SA

Registrations Open: 20th Oct 17 1:00 AM

Registrations Close: 10th Nov 17 6:30 PM

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