The Wellington Declaration
Independent Audiologists Australia and Independent Audiologists New Zealand 2015
Independent Audiologists Australia and Independent Audiologists New Zealand convened a three day interactive seminar in Wellington, NZ Independence Matters: Professionalism in Healthcare (15 – 17 May 2015), which was attended by a cross-section of audiologists, patients, consumer bodies, regulators, representatives of other health professions (including optometry, pharmacy and physiotherapy) and facilitated by panel of internationally recognised bioethicists comprising Professor Paul Komesaroff, Associate Professor Ian Kerridge and Professor Grant Gillett.
The seminar drew attention to relationships that audiologists hold with industry that have emerged but which, to date, have not been clearly defined, disclosed, constrained or regulated. These relationships are known to be of concern to patients, audiologists and other stakeholders, having been the topic of recent public scrutiny in the media. In order for the profession of audiology to achieve a position of trust within society, steps need to be taken. In particular, audiologists need to ensure transparency in relationships between themselves and other stakeholders.
We, the participants at the seminar co- convened by Independent Audiologists Australia and Independent Audiologists New Zealand, in Wellington, New Zealand, are mindful of the responsibility that rests on us at this moment in the history of our profession, to declare our commitment to:
Independent Audiologists Australia Inc and Independent Audiologists New Zealand will set in motion the process of: