A new workshop focused on WA’s new Work Health and Safety (WHS) audiometry legislation.
From 30 March 2024, the WA government expects high-noise businesses to be compliant with the requirements of WHS regulation 58.
Aimed at both testers and non-testers, this new workshop provides comprehensive guidance on complying with the many changes ahead for conducting “surveillance” audiometry.
What is “surveillance” audiometry? Essentially, conducting periodic hearing tests and detecting changes (shifts) in hearing from the baseline. A new Code of Practice, and other documents, specify how to conduct surveillance tests. We’ve discovered that some elements are similar to the long-standing WorkCover WA requirements, however there are many differences. This workshop unpacks everything required to get up to speed on what’s ahead.
We offer two workshop streams, depending on your background, role and responsibilities:
A pathway for existing WorkCover WA Approved Audiometric Officers (AAO) to achieve compliance with the clinical aspects of audiometric surveillance. $1,400.00 ex GST ($1,540.00 inc. GST)
Suitable for non-audiometric testers seeking a thorough understanding of the service delivery implications of the new WHS regulation and protocols. $1,200.00 ex GST ($1,320.00 inc. GST)
Are your audiometry services and advice compliant with WA’s new law? Can you accurately analyse results and compare with a baseline? Do your testing protocols align with the best practice specifications of the new key guidelines?
This workshop will answer all your questions and help you tick the boxes for knowledge and skills!
This 2-day program runs from 8.45am – 4.00pm each day.
Note: We can also present in-company for organisations with a small group of personnel requiring training. Please contact us to discuss your plans.
The Advanced Audiometric Surveillance workshop provides comprehensive training in the audiometry requirements of WA’s new Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulation 58, which comes into effect across the state in April 2024.
For current WorkCover WA Approved Audiometric Officers, this workshop offers the opportunity to achieve full compliance with the Code of Practice and Australian Standard 1269.4, the key reference documents in workplace audiometry. To achieve the Certificate of Competence attendees must pass an open book written assessment on the afternoon of day 2.
Non-testers, who leave the course at lunchtime on day 2, will be issued with an Attendance Certificate after attending all sessions and participating in the practical activities throughout the workshop. Completion of the written test is not required.
Participants on this course will receive comprehensive training in a range of topics relevant to audiometric testing under the new legislation, including:
This new workshop is highly relevant to existing audiometric testers (WorkCover WA AAOs) seeking the skills and knowledge required to achieve compliance with WA’s new WHS regulation 58 audiometry laws (from April 2024). Students will gain a clear understanding of how to conduct audiometric surveillance as well as the key differences to WA’s long-standing WorkCover WA requirements.
The content is also aimed at health service managers, supervisors and other non-clinicians responsible for planning audiometry services for their customers and staff in WA’s high-noise industries.
Participants wishing to achieve a Certificate of Competence must be current WorkCover WA Approved Audiometric Officers.
There are no specific requirements for participants seeking an Attendance Certificate. However, being involved in the planning and administration of audiometry services will be an advantage.
A Certificate of Competence is offered to current audiometric testers. To achieve the certificate, attendees must pass an open book written test on the afternoon of day 2.
An Attendance Certificate will be issued to non-testers after attending all sessions and participating in the practical activities throughout the workshop. Completion of the written test is not required.
The course presenter is Glenn Johnson, an Occupational Audiologist (hearing specialist) with over 30 years’ experience in clinical practice, hearing rehabilitation, teaching, management and consulting.
Glenn is Director and Principal Audiologist of The Hearing Company. Since establishing The Hearing Company 15 years ago, he has designed and delivered training in occupational audiometry to over 2,000 students throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
“This workshop is informative and thought -provoking. Practical applications were presented throughout the 2 days which could be applied to our workplace. I highly recommend this workshop for audiometric testers and managers responsible for preparing for the April 2024 introduction of the health surveillance requirements of WHS regulation 58 and AS/NZS1269.4.” Monique, Health and Hygiene Coordinator, Talison Lithium, WA.
“A great course. Gave me a very clear overview on legislative requirements. Allows us to make better decisions on implementing an audiometry program.” Luke, Specialist – Occupational Hygiene, Roy Hill, WA.
“The information presented was relevant and provided a very thorough understanding of the new WHS regulation 58 audiometry surveillance requirements.” India, Specialist – Health and Wellness, Roy Hill, WA.
“Essential information and skills for those involved in conducting tests and implementing hearing thresholds shift programs to align with the new WHS regulation 58.” Harry, Occ Health Nurse, Newcrest Mining, WA.
“This course was really interesting. Glenn delivered the material really well. All questions were answered and he made the topic clear, even when the material was difficult or source/government documents were unclear. This course increased and made clear my understanding of the Standard.” Mary, Trainer, Sonic Health Plus, WA.
“I learnt a lot more about the new regulation 58 legislation. I had researched online previously and found it was not at all clear or easy to understand. Now I have clarity to take back to my employer and relay the upcoming requirements.” Adelle, Occupational Health Nurse, CBH, WA.
“Glenn is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and approachable. As usual, excellent delivery and clarity. I now have a good understanding of a challenging topic.” Oliver, Physiotherapist, Biosymm, WA.
“An informative, thorough workshop. Glenn provided great clarity, laughs (as always) and kept us engaged. I now have a thorough understanding of the changes ahead in audiometric surveillance legislation.” Emma, Occupational Health Nurse, Alcoa, WA.
Participants will receive a course manual and workbook.
A Certificate of Competence will be issued to participants who successfully pass the written test on day 2 of the workshop.
An Attendance Certificate will be issues to participants who attend the workshop but do not complete the written test.
Download the AAS workshop brochure for more information.
The skills and knowledge obtained through this course will enable existing audiometric testers to achieve compliance with:
The following fees are payable should a participant withdraw from the course:
Yes, we accept transfers to another person but only within the same course. Deferring a registration to another course (different dates) is regarded as a cancellation. See previous section.
Yes. Students who successfully pass a written test on the second day of the workshop will be issued with a Certificate of Competence describing the skills mastered during the workshop.
Students who attend and participate but opt not to complete the written test will be issued with an Attendance Certificate describing the topics covered during the workshop.
Yes, the Advanced Audiometric Surveillance workshop provides up to 14 hours of tuition, which can be claimed towards CPD requirements.
Yes. We will conduct public courses in Perth.
We can also conduct in-company courses for organisations with multiple employees to be trained. This can work out as a cost-effective and efficient way to upskill a team.
Public courses in Perth are usually conducted at The Boulevard in Floreat.
Onsite courses are also conducted at company premises. Our equipment and teaching personnel are completely portable.
We offer a range of courses focused on conducting occupational audiometry. These include a half-day workshop on fitting insert earphones (which offer portable, high-level noise reduction) through to 2-day and 4-day courses which offer varying degrees of compliance with workplace audiometry legislation, Australian Standards and industry best practice.
See our range of courses here.
The Hearing Company specialises in supporting audiometry practices with professional training, equipment and advice.