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Our conference programme this year will continue to have a strong clinical focus as we feel this is what we do best in BAA and follows guidance from our delegate feedback from previous years. There will be updates from the world of research, overviews of policy updates, exciting service innovations and examples of clinical excellence. Our main aim is always for delegates to leave the conference with a clear idea of how they can implement what they have heard in their own departments or careers. All our invited speakers are asked to summarise their talks with the popular ‘3 things to do on Monday’ message. Key sessions will cover paediatric assessment, vestibular updates for both assessment and rehabilitation, how to deliver patient centred care, implementing new technology in both the NHS and Private Sector and implantable devices.
We are continuing with our streamlined programme with only 3 main parallel tracks, there will be a range of invited speakers and free papers and after lunch each day longer workshops. We have a number of new additions for 2019, on the Thursday we will have a walk-through dementia clinic where you will be able to review and find resources on display for your own clinic and speak to experts in the field. On Friday we will have a pre-bookable IDA Paediatric workshops running in the morning, tickets will be released for this shortly before conference at no extra cost for delegates on a first come first served basis. Friday afternoon bring the return of the successful CRN workshop for those of you looking to incorporate research into your clinical role. During the breaks you will be able to drop into short presentations and demonstrations in our new Pods which will be in the exhibition hall.
Following a welcome from President Sue Falkingham we are delighted that John Day, Clinical Director of Audiology, North Wales will be delivering the Adrian Davis lecture sharing the results of their innovative pilot of change. Our second keynote lecture is on the subject of the evaluation and treatment of age-related hearing loss by Larry Humes, Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Indiana. After coffee we continue with parallel sessions on both paediatrics and rehabilitation.
As usual the AGM occurs after lunch, hear about what we have been doing in the past 12 months and the plans for the future. You will be able to quiz members of the Board further during the afternoon break at the BAA Pod.
The afternoon continues with a round table discussion on workforce issues facing all of us in Audiology and a workshop of practical tips on how to get the most out of your vestibular assessment appointments. We wind up the day with sessions on implantable devices and diagnostic audiology.
Incoming President Karen Shepherd opens day two as she picks up the reins of command. The Bamford lecture is delivered by Professor DeWet Swanepoel, Editor of the International Journal of Audiology from Pretoria University. Our quartet of keynote speakers is completed by Dr Sally Rosengren from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney giving an update on developments in our knowledge of the vestibular system.
Following a break we move back into parallel sessions with more around all things vestibular and a stream on innovative delivery of rehabilitation. The afternoon has workshops on both functional Hearing Loss and how to fast track your career. After a range of free papers Professor Swanepoel brings conference to a close with his second keynote before Incoming President Karen Shephard gives her closing remarks.
As in previous years we are pleased that our Platinum sponsors contribute to our programme with their own stream of talks from international speakers over the two days, details of which will be released at a later date once we have the information from our sponsors.
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