Thirteen clinicians from Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Audiology and Balance Center have successfully completed a specialised diploma in Clinical Audiology. The programme, developed in collaboration with the Canada-based University of Toronto, supports HMC’s mission of providing high-quality audiology services in Qatar.

The ceremony was held at Hajar Auditorium to honour the cohort of graduates. Adrian Norfolk, the Canadian Ambassador to Qatar, attended the graduation ceremony and presented diploma certificates to the graduates. Dignitaries from HMC, including Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Mahmoud Al Raisi, Chief of Continuing Care at HMC and Dr Khalid Abdul Hadi, Program Director and Head of HMC’s Audiology and Balance Center, also attended the ceremony.

Dr Hadi spearheaded the Qatari-Canadian initiative in 2009 to meet the increasing demand for specialised hearing care in Qatar and the region. He said:

This latest graduation demonstrates our commitment to ensuring continuous professional development for our staff.  Regular training in the latest audiology techniques enables them to deliver the highest standards of hearing healthcare in Qatar.’

Dr Hadi is also responsible for developing the programme for universal newborn hearing screening adopted by Qatar as a national health policy. Since the establishment of the National Program for Early Detection of Hearing Loss in 2003, all newborns in Qatar undergo hearing screening prior to discharge from hospital and all babies are tested at the age of two to three months of age when they have their first vaccination.