H:EAR hosts Indigenous Hearing Health Symposium

H:EAR hosts Indigenous Hearing Health Symposium

On Tuesday 5th March, to mark World Hearing Day and Hearing Awareness Week, H:EAR | Hearing Education Application Research, Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub hosted an Indigenous Hearing Health symposium. The event opened with the 2019 Libby Harricks Memorial Oration by Professor Andrew Smith (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), who gave a global perspective on hearing loss as a public health issue, and what we might learn and apply to improve the hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Professor Patrick McNeil, Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Medicine & Health; Professor Andrew Smith, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Professor Catherine McMahon, Director – H:EAR; Mr John Alexander OAM, MP; Mr David Brady, Chair – Deafness Forum; Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research 

Dr Liesa Clague and Dr John Kelly (Macquarie University), Samantha Harkus (Australian Hearing) and Professor Amanda Leach (Menzies School of Health Research), presented their perspectives and research on current issues, and how we might reach more positive outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hearing health.

As part of the symposium, Professor Catherine McMahon, Director of H:EAR chaired 2 meetings with the presenters, as well as invited guests from the Department of Health, NACCHO and Dr Kelvin Kong (Conjoint Associate Professor (UNSW); Conjoint Associate Professor (UoN); Paediatric & Adult Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgeon, Cochlear Implant Surgeon, John Hunter Hospital, John Hunter Children's Hospital; Co-Chair, Hearing for Learning Initiative) to discuss challenges in ear and hearing health of Indigenous Australians, and what next steps might be taken.

Content owner: Department of Linguistics Last updated: 18 Mar 2020 9:08am

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