Kelvin Kong AM on Indigenous Hearing Health

Deafness Forum Australia extends a warm invitation to an address by Professor Kelvin Kong AM.

The venue is Parliament House Canberra from 5:30 pm on Monday, 25 March 2024. There is no admission charge.

Kelvin is a proud Worimi man and Australia’s first indigenous ENT surgeon and an inspiring advocate for hearing health. In 2023, he was honoured as the NAIDOC Person of the Year. In 2024, he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia 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. It is disheartening discussing my mob on an international scale because of the dichotomy that exists with ear disease here.”

“I ask the Prime Minister, what if it was your child and they weren’t hearing that well? What would you do to make sure they heard well and got the correct education they required?”

This event is hosted by Deafness Forum Australia, the national peak body for the 3.5 million Australians living with hearing loss.

The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health & Aged Care, will give a special introduction. 

Refreshments from 5.30 pm for a 6.30 pm start, concluding at 7.45 pm.


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