Audiological assessment for clients with vision loss

In this course, attendees will learn about vision impairment with an emphasis on facilitating more effective audiological practice with a vision impaired population, both paediatric and adult.


  • Monday, 23 September, 2019
    12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE19BVIAA

Course Information

The most prevalent causes of vision loss and blindness in Australia, as in other developed countries, are the age-related degenerative eye disease. Likewise, the most common causes of acquired hearing loss relate to ageing and injury. As our population ages, the incidence of dual sensory impairment (having both vision and hearing impairment) will inevitably grow.

Moreover, estimates suggest one child in every 2500 will be diagnosed with a severe vision impairment or blindness before their first birthday. A significant proportion of vision impaired children have additional disabilities, including hearing impairment. Audiologists will encounter children and adults with vision impairment, regardless of their area of specialty. Individuals with dual sensory impairment have a specific range of needs challenges. A more informed approach to working with those who have dual sensory impairment will lead to better outcomes for clients and a greater sense of achievement for their audiologists.

In this course, attendees will learn about vision impairment with an emphasis on facilitating more effective audiological practice with a vision impaired population, both paediatric and adult.

Participants at this event will:

  • understand degrees, causes and functional impacts associated with vision impairment and blindness, both congenital and acquired
  • identify the specific needs of vision impaired and blind clients
  • learn tips to work more effectively and inclusively with vision impaired and blind clients in your audiological practice, particularly in relation to assessment of children
  • learn about mobility and orientation and how you can make a difference to the comfort and independence of your vision impaired and blind clients



This event has been endorsed by Audiology Australia. The endorsement number is CPD1920 012 and the categories and CPD points are as follow:

Category 1.1– 3.25 CPD points

Category 2.2 – 0.5 CPD point


  • Kim Ter-Horst
    Kim Ter-Horst is a experienced paediatric audiologist with a particular interest in working with children for whom audiometry doesn’t come easily. Undergraduate qualifications in professional Psychology lead to postgraduate studies in Audiology at Macquarie University, after which Kim joined NAL and later Australian Hearing in a mixed paediatric / adult role. In 2003 Kim moved to her current role as senior audiologist at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Jim Patrick Audiology Centre (JPAC). In this diagnostic role Kim has developed special interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder, neonatal hearing screening, vision impairment and Australian Sign Language.
  • Sue Silveira
    Sue has over 20 years experience as a paediatric orthoptist and in an academic role. She has taught widely in the areas of paediatric eye disease and vision surveillance and vision screening. She is currently the chief investigator on the project which is developing and implementing the Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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