Libby Harricks Memorial Oration

Harvey Coates

2020 Libby Harricks Memorial Orator

Clinical Professor Harvey Coates is a paediatric otolaryngologist at the University of Western Australia, and retired from PMH for Children after 38 years’ service. His Otolaryngology training was at Mayo Clinic and he has recently been awarded the DM degree from UWA for his thesis on’ Translational research in otitis media in Western Australian children’. He has been a keen participant at the WHO over the last three years and was involved in Commonwealth Minister Ken Wyatt’s Roadmap for Ear and Hearing Health committee.

His most recent interests are otitis media, Aboriginal ear health and universal newborn hearing screening. Together with then Head of Audiology at PMH, Jay Krishnaswamy, he developed the first large scale neonatal hearing screening program in 2000 in Perth, and advocated for national UNHS which occurred in 2009. He has been involved in treating and researching Aboriginal ear disease for most of his working life and has published over 100 peer reviewed articles with 1000 citations, and 15 book chapters, as well as four editions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ear health manual. Professor Coates has received many National, Society and Community awards including Officer of the Order of Australia, the inaugural Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ATSI Ear Health medal and the Fiona Stanley Medal. His proudest accomplishments are his two children with his wife, Lyn.

About the Libby Harricks Memorial Oration

Date: Sunday 3 May 2020
Time: 1630 – 1745
Venue: Crown Ballroom, Crown Towers Perth

Deafness Forum of Australia and Audiology Australia are delighted and honoured to present the 21st annual Libby Harricks Memorial Oration, Sunday 3 May 2020 as part of the Audiology Australia 2020 Conference in Perth. Since 1999, the Oration series has raised awareness of key issues relating to hearing loss and deafness in Australia.

The oration honours one of the outstanding advocates for Deaf and hearing impaired people in Australia, Mrs Libby Harricks, AM. Libby was the inaugural Chairperson of Deafness Forum of Australia and she worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the need for equality of inclusion in life activities for Deaf and hearing impaired people. In recognition of her advocacy work, Libby was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990. Following her untimely death in 1998, Deafness Forum of Australia established the annual Libby Harricks Memorial Oration Series to honour her achievements. The Series aims to continue her vision of working towards gaining appropriate recognition, awareness, and access, for hearing impaired people. Over the past 20 years, the Oration series has developed a well-deserved reputation for carrying forward Libby’s commitment to raising awareness of issues relating to hearing impairment. The reputation of the oration series is undoubtedly due to the great contributions of our outstanding Orators who have presented on a wide range of relevant topics. Prof Catherine McMahon is Chair of the Libby Harricks Memorial Oration Organising Committee.

Category 1.1 – Libby Harricks Memorial Oration – 1 CPD point

Reporting Requirements
You will be required to scan in for the Libby Harricks Memorial Oration.

A delegate evaluation will be circulated electronically at the conclusion of this oration. This must be completed by Friday 15 May 2020. Completion of the evaluation is an essential requirement to obtain CPD points.