Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Improvements to newborn hearing screening

Hon Jo Goodhew
Associate Minister of Health

8 May 2014

Improvements to newborn hearing screening

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says two reports on newborn hearing screening released today should give parents confidence in the programme.

“The first report, National Screening Unit and District Health Boards’ Progress on Implementing the 21 Recommendations, shows good progress is being made in implementing the recommendations from a quality improvement review released in January 2013,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“Over half of the recommendations have been completed, with many now part of business as usual, while the rest are nearing completion.”

The National Screening Unit (NSU) has been working closely with DHBs to action the recommendations and strengthen the programme.

The quality improvement review followed a screening incident that led to over 2000 babies being retested for hearing loss. To date, nine children have been identified during the rescreening process with some degree of hearing loss. Audiology assessments for the final few children being rescreened are due to be completed by the end of this month.

“I am pleased that these hearing issues have now been picked up, with appropriate support and intervention options made available to the affected families,” says Mrs Goodhew.

The second report released today, Review of newborn hearing screening regimes and associated screening devices, is an independent review of the screening test, which was one of the 21 recommendations.

“The independent review has made several useful suggestions, all of which are to be taken up, and which will help further improve and streamline the programme,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“All parents want the best for their babies and I understand that many will have been concerned by the screening incident that occurred. I hope that these reports released today help ensure public confidence in this important screening programme,” says Mrs Goodhew.

Copies of both reports released today can be found on the NSU website www.nsu.govt.nz

Additional information
Around 60,000 newborn babies are screened each year through the free newborn hearing screening programme.

Summary of progress implementing the 21 recommendations:
• 12 have been completed.
• 5 are substantially complete and will be completed by December 2014
• 1 is underway and will be completed by July 2015
• 2 have been superseded by an independent report on the screening regime also released today and will be implemented as part of this
• 1 is ongoing until all of the recommendations are complete.

A summary table is available here.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: A Govt. Christmas Bad News Dump -The Skycity Convention Center Blowout & A Negative MBIE Review

If the government really did have good tidings of great joy you can bet it wouldn’t be strewing them about at Christmas time – which is, traditionally, the dumping ground for terrible news that the government fervently hopes the public will be too distracted to notice. And so verily this Christmas Eve we learn of (a) the explosion of costs to the taxpayer and ratepayer of the vile SkyCity convention centre in Auckland and that (b) the government’s flagship MBIE “super-ministry” run by its Minister of Everything is a disaster zone of incompetence and mismanagement. MBIE is a Titanic looking for an iceberg, or so it would seem. More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news