Be part of something special in Sydney in December.

This December, be part of history, science, and innovation at the Libby Harricks Memorial Oration.

Join us at this event to hear directly from Cochlear pioneer Professor Jim Patrick AO about his journey, the evolution of cochlear implants, and their transformative impact on society.

  • Register here.
  • Tuesday 5 December at Cochlear Headquarters, Macquarie University precinct, Sydney. 6pm for drinks and nibbles.
  • Captions and Auslan interpreters are provided. Admission is free.
  • Free parking – information here.

Since its inception in 1999, this prestigious event has showcased global thought leaders, earning a stellar reputation for its groundbreaking presentations. In its 2023 edition, we are proud to present Prof Jim Patrick, a luminary in the field of cochlear implant technology, as our keynote speaker.

Professor Patrick, Chief Scientist Emeritus at Cochlear, stands among the pioneers of the multi-channel cochlear implant, a device that revolutionised the world of auditory science. His collaboration with Professor Graeme Clark led to this groundbreaking innovation, changing the lives of countless people with severe hearing.

The journey of cochlear implants, from conception to a life-changing reality, is a testament to Australian ingenuity. Unlike traditional hearing aids that merely amplify sound, cochlear implants bypass damaged parts of the ear, delivering sound signals directly to the auditory nerve. This technology has enabled people with severe inner-ear damage to perceive sound, greatly enhancing their ability to understand speech and connect with the world around them​​.

Professor Patrick’s contributions to this field are immense. His blend of expertise in physics, communications engineering, and biomedical engineering was crucial in developing key features of the cochlear implant. These innovations laid the groundwork for advanced signal-processing strategies, significantly improving speech understanding for implant users​​.

His accolades are a testament to his impact. Recognised as one of Australia’s most influential engineers, awarded the Order of Australia, and named the NSW Scientist of the Year, Professor Patrick’s career is a beacon of inspiration and innovation​​.

The Libby Harricks Memorial Oration is not just an event; it’s a tribute to Libby Harricks, the first President of Deafness Forum Australia, and a celebration of advancements in hearing health​​.