After a 21-year career at Princess Margaret Hospital where he pioneered the Newborn Hearing Screening program in WA, Mr Krishnaswamy said he was looking forward to working with a multi-disciplinary team and potentially following patients from birth through to adulthood.
‘The current age of intake only caters to paediatrics, however there is a proposal to expand these services to adults,’ he said.
‘It will be very nice to see the development and transitions happening rather than losing that continuity once people reach adulthood.
‘There are early intervention teachers, speech pathologists and psychologists all working together in our team, which is personally very exciting.
‘I am hoping to bring my diagnostic, clinical, research, teaching and management background to the table and achieve vastly improved hearing services across WA.’
Mr Krishnaswamy said his 40 years as an audiologist had been ‘incredibly rewarding’ as hearing was crucial for the acquisition of many important life skills.
‘The implication of hearing impairment, whether it is congenital, early or later onset, has a large impact on speech and language development,’ he said.
‘This in turn can affect educational achievement and make social, psychological and emotional impacts.’
Telethon Speech and Hearing chief executive Peta Monley said the centre was very excited about Mr Krishnaswamy’s arrival.
‘He brings with him unparalleled experience in paediatric audiology, cochlear implant technology and complex diagnostics,’ Ms Monley said.