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    Assistive Technology: Amplified Stethoscopes

    Cardionics has released the first visual electronic stethoscope. It can amplify sound 30 times louder than an acoustic scope and it provides a visual display of the phonocardiogram or phonopneumogram. Visualization assists the listener in identifying the position of clicks, rubs, knocks, snaps or murmurs in the cardiac cycle.

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    Association of Medical Professionals with hearing loss (AMPHL) - US

    AMPHL (US) provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields. AMPHL also offers a Forum where questions are asked and answered on areas such as stethoscopes, assistive listening devices, phones, mobile communication, paging etc.

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    Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

    The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the national registration and accreditation scheme across Australia. It works with fourteen national health practitioner boards to do this. Information on registration for practitioners with disabilities and education provider responsibilities regarding student fitness to practice can be found here.

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    Colour Blind: Deficient colour vision & interpretation of histopathology slides

    An article by C J M Poole, consultant occupational physician, D J Hill, optometrist, J L Christie, consultant histopathologist, J Birch, senior lecturer. The article (November 1997) reports on a study whose aim it was to determine whether histopathologists with deficient colour vision make more errors in slide interpretation than those with normal colour vision.

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    Disabled Doctors: Healing the Medical Model?

    This US article reports that although the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 provide for reasonable accommodations in education, finding a medical school that complies with these laws is routinely difficult. (Original source: New Mobility Magazine. written by Tim Gilmer. March 2019)

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    Doctors With Disabilities: Perseverance in Practice

    Three physicians embracing their careers in medicine despite their disabilities, including a hearing impairment, paralysis and vision impairment respectively. Video by Proto Magazine: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Medicine, a publication of Massachusetts General Hospital. Video is captioned.

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    Doctors with Disability Australia

    Doctors with Disabilities – Australia (DWDA) provides advocacy and peer support on matters associated with medical study and doctors with a disability. Their objectives are to: Create a social space where individuals with similar experiences can come together and support each other. To eliminate physical and attitudinal barriers, social stigma and disability bias among the medical profession. Provide a national advocacy and awareness making body for medical students and doctors with disability in Australia. To create resources and give professional advice on improving medical education and access to clinical workplace for medical students and doctors with disability.

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    Inherent requirements - Western Sydney University

    Disability Services at Western Sydney University (WSU) along with associated faculty, has developed a series of inherent requirement Statements. The inherent requirements outlined provide a guide for students and staff when deciding whether you are able to meet these requirements and the type of reasonable adjustments that could be put in place to allow you to complete the course without compromising the academic integrity of the course.

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    Life as a visually impaired doctor

    Rhianwen Elen Stiff shares her experiences and gives some practical advice to doctors with visual impairments.

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    Live captions (“subtitles”) in the operating theatre

    Using tablet technology to link the sounds in the operating room to an off-site medical transcriptionist, a hearing impaired medical student is able to "listen" — in real time — to every word uttered by the surgeon performing the operation. Video included.

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