Practical Application of Motivational Interviewing Techniques in Hearing Clinic Workshop

Held at the Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras on 30 January 2020, the free workshop was in particular aimed at introducing audiologists on how to encourage patients to be more involved in their hearing management and teaching the audiologist on the techniques to engage patients own motivation to change.

The participants in the workshop were 25 MANSA members from varieties of sectors and organization (government, universities, private sector).

The following core concepts were covered in the training workshop:

  • Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
  • Principals of Motivational Interviewing and
  • Basic Techniques of Motivational Interviewing

The workshop was filled with a lively discussion session, interactive role-play and fruitful brainstorming. The invited speaker, Prof. Dr Firdaus Mukhtar was able to convey the information and lecture in such a way that attracts participants to be actively involved in all the session. It was indeed an informational and successful workshop.

World Hearing Day 2020

World Hearing Day is just around the corner. In support of this meaningful day, MANSA would like to share some information from WHO.
We are happy to share with you the materials for World Hearing Day 2020 developed by WHO, which will be observed with the theme Don’t let hearing loss limit you. Hearing for life!

The materials are currently available in English and will be made available in other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) shortly through the World Hearing day webpage. Thanks to the World Hearing Forum working group on World Hearing Day, the flyers and infographic will also be available in Turkish, Georgian, Portuguese, Hindi, Bengali, and Swahili.  These include:

  • Announcement
  • Infographic for policy makers
  • Flyer for parents
  • Flyer for people with hearing loss
  • World Hearing Day toolkit for planning
Please fell free to use these materials for your coming World Hearing Day events.
Don’t forget to also register your event with WHO.

Stay tuned as

  • WHO-CGHH innovative small grants scheme for World Hearing Day kicked-off last year. In 2019, 16 organisations were granted $750 to support their WHD activities. This year, the small grant has grown and will be granting $800 to 20 eligible organisations. Applications will open shortly.
  • Basic Ear and Hearing Care Resource, designed to be useful to a wide range of primary health care personnel for preventing and addressing ear diseases and hearing loss. It also shows that, with understanding and the necessary support, hearing loss should not limit a person’s life
WHO would like to hear your ideas for future World Hearing Day themes. It could be the next World Hearing Day theme, propose your idea here.

2020 South African Association of Audiologists (SAAA) Congress

The 2020 South African Association of Audiologists (SAAA) Congress is due to take place in Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa from 30th October to 1st November 2020. Registration will be opened starting on 1st April 2020!

For more details on registration, tentative programme and exhibition,  head on to the official website:



1st Kuala Lumpur Tinnitus Seminar

1st Kuala Lumpur Tinnitus Seminar will be held on 31st March to 1st April 2020, at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, UKMMC. A lot of interesting topics on latest tinnitus management will be covered. For more info, click on the photo attached or contact 03-9154 5564.

Workshop : Practical Application of Motivational Interviewing Techniques in the Hearing Clinic

Dear MANSA members,
As always, we are truly grateful for your continued support and participation in our activities. Thus, we are extending an invite to all members to join a free workshop that we have organised, exclusively for you.
Only 30 seats are available to the members who fulfill these requirements:

1. An active member of MANSA
2. Has attended at least ONE (1) event organised by MANSA in the past 2 years
3. Currently works in a clinical setting


The details of the workshop is as stated below:

Tittle: Practical Application of Motivational Interviewing Techniques in the Hearing Clinic
Date: 30 January 2020
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Venue: Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras
Speaker: Prof Dr Firdaus Mukhtar (Clinical Psychologist)

To those interested, kindly return the  completed registration form before 12 January 2020. The link to the form is available below:

The MANSA committee will select 30 members to attend this workshop. If your application is successful;
– you will receive a confirmation e?mail from the Committee by 20th of January 2020.
– you will be attending the workshop for FREE.


During this workshop, you will learn how to encourage patients to be more involved in their health management and  engage their own motivation for change by offering compassion and demonstrating deeper understanding of the challenges that they face.

If you are looking to improve your practical and counselling skills, then this FREE workshop is for you!


Professor Dr Firdaus Mukhtar, born in Kuala Lumpur is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist currently is the Head Department of Psychiatry, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Dr. Firdaus pursued her undergraduate degree in Psychology at IIU Malaysia (1995-1999), and both postgraduate study in Australia.

At International Level, she was nominated as President-elect for Asian Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Association (2018-2021) . Her works has been recognized as Best Research Award at International Brain and Behavior Conference, Greece. World Health Organization has appointed Dr Firdaus as CBT Expert Consultant to conduct and develop CBT manual and training to all Family Medicine Specialist in the country. The highest spark in her career was when she was awarded as Young Scientist Award by Loreal Malaysia due to her excellent contribution in research on CBT and immunology. She has trained CBT skills to various types of groups such as both psychiatric and medical illness patients, medical doctors, FMS and Psychiatry Specialist, counsellors and community at large not just in Malaysia but also in the area of South East Asia. She was appointed as peer-reviewers for both local and international journals. She has more than 40 publications in books (3 CBT books on depression and anxiety) and research papers, both at the local and international’s level.

Any inquiries, drop us an email at:

We look forward to meeting you.


Professional Development Committee

MANSA 2018/2020

MANSA Retreat 2019

MANSA Retreat was held for 2 days 1 night on 7th-8th December 2019, in The Everly Putrajaya Hotel. Attended by higher committees and excos, the purpose of the retreat was to discuss on the strategic planning and identifying current issues of audiology industry in Malaysia.

We are also very delighted to have very experienced Audiologist and former audiology lecturer, Ms Mazwin Omar, who is currently the Senior Manager of Ambulatory Care Centre & Services, IMU Healthcare in a fruitful sharing session and updates on healthcare industry. We look forward to serve you and we will be back with more updates and announcement from MANSA!

Survey: Amendment of MANSA Constitution

Dear MANSA members,

Based on the last Annual General Meeting in 2018, there are few amendments made to the MANSA constitution, which have been approved unanimously by all members present. Before we make it official, we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the suggested sentence structure of the changes made to the clause.

To help us improve, we’d also like you to share with us your hopes, expectations and ideas for future MANSA.

Our feedback form should only take 10 minutes of your time but your thoughts are invaluable to make sure every experience created with MANSA is the best as it can be!

Kindly click the link below to participate:

Amendment of MANSA Constitution >>

Hopes, Expectations and Ideas for MANSA >>

Deadline: 5th December 2019

Your response is highly appreciated.

Thank you for your time!

Best wishes,
MANSA Committee

6th Malaysian Audiology Scientific Conference (MASCO)

6th Malaysian Audiology Scientific Conference (MASCO) is coming your way soon! The details for this most awaited biennial event will be as below:

Date: 16-18 July, 2020
Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

MASCO, organized by Malaysian National Society of Audiologists, hoping to refresh audiologists and professionals from busy works, and it is yet another event to share the current audiological news. Stay tuned and follow us for more updates. Visit our FB page >> for latest news and updates. We will be back with the theme and details on the conference soon!

Any throwbacks from previous MASCO that you would like to share with us?


MASCO 2020 Team.

Hearing Awareness & Screening Programme in Lahat Datu (co-organized by MANSA)

On 25 Apr to 1 May, a Hearing Awareness and Screening Programme was held in “the Land below the Wind”, Sabah. This programme is a collaboration between 4th year Audiology Student, Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology IIUM, Persatuan Ethnic Idahan and MANSA. One of our executive committees, Dr Sarah Rahmat, Exco of Student Affairs was also there during the programme. Many activities were done during this 5 days in Sandakan and Lahad Datu:

  • hearing awareness & speech talks
  • motivational talks for primary school students
  • hearing screening at Kampung Sepagaya & Kampung Segama
  • donation hand-over to the villagers
  • beach cleaning at Pulau Selingan
  • turtle adoption and last but not least,
  • learning about the culture of ethnic Idahan including visit to their bird nest heritage ‘Gua Madai’.

We would like to thanks the programme advisor, Dr Marina Alisaputri and the team who have worked very diligently to ensure the success of the programme!