- Published on 17 January 2014
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is Qatar’s main non-profit healthcare provider and manages several specialized hospitals in the Gulf state. The Corporation’s Audiology and Balance Unit is set to launch two new study programs beginning this year, building on the audiology courses set up in 2009. The organization trains on average 20 healthcare professionals in each graduate class to help meet the hearing care needs of Qatar’s growing population.
The new diplomas to be launched are the Diploma in Auditory Verbal Therapy and the Diploma in Vestibular Rehabilitation, according to Dr Khalid Abdul Hadi, Head of the unit. “Both these specialties are rare in not just the Middle East but also around the world. We are also in the process of expanding the unit as a special center for cochlear implants and vestibular rehabilitation with state-of-the-art facilities,” he added at the fourth graduation ceremony of the Diploma in Clinical Audiology. This one-year program is part of a Qatari-Canadian collaboration, between HMC and the International Continuing Health Education Collaborative, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the University of Toronto, Canada.
The aims of the initiative are to train Qatar-based audiologists to address the broad needs for hearing healthcare in the country, and to provide students with the background knowledge and practical skills they need to serve the community. According to Dr Sivakaran, Program Director from the University of Toronto, “Globally, there is a significant shortage of health workers trained in hearing screening and rehabilitation.”Source: The Peninsula, Qatar