Vision and hearing

Early detection of vision and hearing problems is important as many can be prevented or treated. Find out more about the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program (VIHSP) and the Melbourne Initial Screen Test (MIST).

Hearing

Early identification of babies with hearing loss is very important for their development. It is important to find out as early as possible whether a baby has any hearing loss.

Infant screening p​rogram

The Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program (VIHSP) screens the hearing of newborn babies in their first weeks of life. Early detection and intervention improves outcomes for babies with hearing loss. For more information, see:

VIHSP referral form for MCH nurses

Vision

Early detection of vision problems is important as many can be prevented or treated.

Vision screening test

There are two vision checks that children should have one after their birth while they are still at the hospital and one when they are around 3 and half years old. For more information on the Melbourne Initial Screening Test (MIST), see: