SAC Webinar: Starting the Conversation: What the WHO World Report on Hearing Means for Canada

Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD, Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD and Jerri-Lee MacKay, M.Sc. (audiology), Aud(C)
March 3 2021
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March 3, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (ET)

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This webinar is free.


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Intended audience:  Audiologists, audiology assistant



On March 3 2021, the World Hearing Organization (WHO) celebrates World Hearing Day (WHD) with the theme “Hearing Care for All: Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate.” Importantly, WHD 2021 will mark the launch of the first World Report on Hearing (WRH). The WRH aims to drive policy actions for integration of ear and hearing care into national health policies. Through a life course lens, three SAC members involved in hearing care in the contexts of early development, education and adult aging will start a conversation about the WHD 2021 theme and what the WHR could mean for Canada, at the national, provincial and local levels. The conversation will begin with the WHR recommendation for universal hearing screening across the life course and continue on to discuss the need for rehabilitation that is age-appropriate, multi-disciplinary and family-centred, as well as strategies for multi-sectoral collaboration to increase communication accessibility. During and after the session, SAC members will have opportunities to discuss ways in which they could participate in action based on the evidence and economic models provided by the WHR.


This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).


Presenter Biographies


Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD

Kathy Pichora-Fuller completed a B.A. in Linguistics (1977) and a M.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Sciences (1980). After working as an audiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto (1979-1986), she completed a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Toronto (1991). She taught Audiology at the University of British Columbia (1992-2002) and then moved to the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. In 2020, she became Professor Emerita and moved to the Vancouver area where she is an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. She continues her research as the audiology expert for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging and the Canadian Consortium on Neuro-degeneration in Aging. She was President of the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (1985-86), served on the board of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (2002-2004), and represented Canada at the International Society of Audiology (2004-2010, 2014-2016). In 2014, she won the International Award of the American Academy of Audiology. She co-chaired the 2016 World Congress of Audiology. She is currently the President of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology. She has represented SAC on the WHO World Hearing Forum and is a member of the WHO Technical Working Group on screening in adults.


Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD

Marlene Bagatto is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. The research in her Pediatric Audiology Strategies and Systems Laboratory focuses on policy and practice integration for infant and child hearing. Dr. Bagatto is Past President of the Canadian Academy of Audiology and Chair of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force. She is a consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ Infant Hearing Program where protocol development, implementation and monitoring for various components of the program are her main activities. Dr. Bagatto also provides clinical services to infants involved in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic at Western.


Jerri-Lee MacKay, M.Sc. (audiology), Aud(C)

Jerri-Lee MacKay has been working as an audiologist for the Winnipeg School Division since 2008. Her responsibilities include the administration and supervision of a division-wide hearing screening program, audiological assessments, hearing aid fittings, provision of personal FM and classroom amplification equipment and consultation with school personnel. Prior to joining the school division, she worked in the hospital setting (both children and adults) and in a preschool program for Deaf and hard of hearing children. Jerri-Lee has served as the Chair of SAC and was also the President of the Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association. She has served on several provincial and national committees.


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