Newborn Hearing Screening Program Policy

Applicable to: This Policy is applicable to all Health Service Providers and contracted health entities.

Description:  The Newborn Hearing Screening Program Policy outlines roles, responsibilities and reporting requirements for Health Service Providers and contracted health entities that provide the Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

The Newborn Hearing Screening Program involves screening newborn babies to identify those with moderate to profound (> 40 decibels) congenital permanent bilateral, unilateral sensory or permanent conductive hearing loss including neural hearing loss.

The Newborn Hearing Screening Program is provided by the WA health system as part of standard maternity care.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Public Health Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(c) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy supersedes Operational Directive (OD) 0239/09 Newborn Hearing Screening.

Date of effect: 29 July 2021

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