Indigenous Hearing Health Symposium, incorporating the 2019 Libby Harricks Memorial Oration

Date: Tuesday 5 March
Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm
Location: Macquarie University, Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1 Lecture Theatre

To mark World Hearing Day and Hearing Awareness Week, H:EAR  – Hearing Education Application Research, Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub  invite you to an Indigenous Hearing Health symposium on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

The event will open with the 2019 Libby Harricks Memorial Oration by Professor Andrew Smith (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), and feature presentations by Professor Amanda Leach (Menzies School of Health Research), Dr Liesa Clague (Macquarie University) and Samantha Harkus (Australian Hearing).

Rates of chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) among Aboriginal children living in remote areas in Australia are the highest in the world. (Leach, A. (1999). Otitis media in Australian Aboriginal children: An overview. International Journal Of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 49, S173-S178.)

The symposium will present perspectives on current issues in public health planning and implementation, Indigenous hearing health research, education and service delivery.

Bringing together policy makers, researchers, clinicians, educators and service providers to build knowledge and awareness, we aim to identify the challenges and work towards potential solutions that can lead to better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Register now for this free event

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Deafness Forum of Australia and Audiology Australia present the annual Libby Harricks Memorial Oration. Since 1999, the Oration series raises awareness of issues of hearing health, deafness and ear and balance disorders. The series honours the memory of the late Libby Harricks AO, the first President of Deafness Forum of Australia. For her work on behalf of hearing-impaired people, Libby was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990.