Indigenous children at risk of hearing loss.

We are delighted to announce that Professor Kelvin Kong will deliver the 25th Libby Harricks Memorial Oration at Parliament House Canberra on the evening of Monday 25 March 2024.

Kelvin Kong is Australia’s first indigenous surgeon, a Worimi man, and an ardent advocate for hearing health. He was honoured as the NAIDOC Person of the Year in 2023 and received the Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2024 for his work with Indigenous children at risk of hearing loss.

“Australia still has the worst ear disease rates in the world. Chronic suppurative otitis media affects from 40% to 85% of children in Indigenous communities,” Professor Kong said.

“It is disheartening discussing my mob on an international scale because of the dichotomy that exists with ear disease here.”

Join us for a transformative exploration into the world of ears and hearing health issues. Learn about the relevance to childrens’ growth and outcomes. Discover how it shapes the lives of indigenous communities.

Be part of an enlightening journey led by Prof Kelvin Kong that promises to:

  • Spark a new awareness about the significance of ears and hearing in our everyday lives.
  • Offer fresh, engaging perspectives even to experts in the field.
  • Equip ear and hearing advocates with information and renewed enthusiasm to champion change.

This event is hosted by Deafness Forum Australia, the national peak body for the 4 million Australians living with hearing loss.

The venue will be the Parliamentary Theatrette, 6pm Monday 25 March 2024. All are welcome but places will be limited.

Register to attend here.

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