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Audiology in South Africa

Dr. Sharmala Naidoo snaidoo at uctgsh1.ac.za
Wed May 31 09:00:20 EST 1995

Dear members
I have recently joined the Audiology faculty at University of Cape Town, 
Medical School, in South Africa as Assistant Professor.  

UCT offers a four year undergraduate degree in Speech and Audiology, 
culminating in registration with the South African Medical and Dental Council 
as both or either Speech Therapist/Audiologist.  

We have just this year started a Masters Program.  I shall be coordinating 
it for the rest of the year.  

The university has limited access to texts, reference material and journals in 
audiology.  The major source of this problem is of course funding.  I want to 
make an urgent appeal to anyone who would be prepared to sponsor us 
journals/books in audiology.  Students need access to current information in 
hearing to engage in dynamic learning.  Sadly, this is lacking.

I plan to introduce the continuing education units, public awareness 
campaigns, workshops, seminars, annual conventions, and momentum for 
scientific research nationally.  Some of the bridges are now being built, for 
instance, the first Audiology in Action Association (similar to AAA) has been 
formed in Johanesburg.  Such a branch has been initiated in Cape Town.  I have 
been elected as Treasurer.  So, I believe that many changes are in the works.  

We also need interested international authorities to lead workshops and 
seminars on a regular basis.  I am requesting ideas and assistance from  the 
members of bionet.audiology.

Thanking you.
Sharmala Naidoo

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