Study: Barriers and enablers to GP referral to hearing care

  26 February 2024  The University of Melbourne   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, in conjunction with the Department of General Practice and Primary Care, is conducting a study investigating barriers and enablers to GP referrals to hearing care for older patients.

Age-related hearing loss occurs in approximately one third of patients over the age of 50 and is associated with significant impacts to health and quality of life. Timely diagnosis and rehabilitation has the potential to mitigate many of these negative health outcomes. Discussing hearing health with patients could significantly increase the number of older adults who receive appropriate hearing rehabilitation, thereby improving the maintenance of function and overall quality of life as patients age.

We want to hear from practicing Victorian GPs about the barriers and enablers to referral to hearing care in clinical practice. To do this, we are holding an evening focus group on Wednesday, 28 February at 7pm. All participants will receive a $225 pre-paid MasterCard as a thank you for participating in this focus group and will also be eligible for 1.5 CPD hours (1.0 hours RP and 0.5 hours MO) through RACGP.

Register your interest here.

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