The International Society of Audiology has its official seat in Geneva, Switzerland. Its functions are described in its Statutes. The International Society of Audiology has recently gone through a restructuring procedure to open up membership for all people working in Audiology, either in health care or research, and to connect with all societies working in the field.
The required changes in the Rules and Regulations of the Society have been adopted at the General Assembly meeting, held in Bari, Italy in June 1996. Further changes were made by a lawyer and the new Statutes and Bylaws have been adopted at the General Assembly meeting in Buenos Aires in September, 1998. The reorganized structure has been implemented at the congress in the Hague, the Netherlands in 2000. ISA is now seeking charitable organization status.
The effects of restructuring have been:
- lower fee for its journal, which was Audiology and is now the merged International Journal of Audiology
- more involvement of ISA in affiliated Societies
- more involvement in the actions of CIOMS and WHO
- ISA now takes part in the working group of WHO on the provision of hearing aids in the developing world higher interest in Hearing International higher membership
- organization of biannual congresses on Audiology
- organization of workshops and seminars either separate or under the combined responsibility with affiliated regional or national Audiology Societies
- publication of the scientific International Journal of Audiology
- publication of a newsletter in co-operation with regional and national Societies
- distribution of the newsletter of Hearing International
- advancement of the interests of all those working in Audiology or related fields
- advancement of the interests of the hearing impaired and deaf community
- advancement of measures to prevent deafness and hearing impairment
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Invitation to participate in the development of the WHOFrameworkof Rehabilitation Services
The International Society of Audiology (ISA), represented by one of its members, Ariane Laplante-Lévesque, attended the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework of Rehabilitation Services which took place on 29-30 June 2017 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva. The meeting was part of the initiative WHO Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action. Twelve external participants and five WHO participants were present.
The meeting discussed the need or not of a WHO Framework for Rehabilitation (in other words, a tool to describe best practices in rehabilitation services). The two main goals of such a framework would be 1) to push for the inclusion of rehabilitation in Universal Health Coverage in countries and 2) to describe required workforce competencies to plan for human resource needs. In summary, all meeting participants could relate to the importance of these two goals, but had conflicting views on the relative importance of a Framework, especially given that several classifications for rehabilitation services already exist. Most authors of these classifications were present at the meeting. The idea of putting together a congress on rehabilitation workforce planning in around four years was mentioned. Since the meeting, Prof Richard Madden, who works on the International Classification of Health Interventions, has asked ISA for our input on their work, where they classify health interventions according to service provider (where and context) and service delivery (how, target group, service goals, etc). ISA will review audiology-related interventions to be included in this classification.
For more information, please contact Ariane Laplante-Lévesque via email.
Student Membership in ISA: A special student membership in the International Society of Audiology is available at $25.00 USD per year for those students in the fields of hearing science and audiology. This opportunity has been made possible by the generous contribution of Phonak. Memberships include on-line access to the International Journal of Audiology (IJA), reduced fees to the ISA World Congresses, meetings sponsored by ISA Affiliated Societies worldwide, and access to our website and membership.
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