Lunchtime Colloquium on Wednesday, 12 April 2023



We are thrilled to have Dr. Bamini Gopinath as our next presenter for the School’s 2022/23 colloquium series. Professor Gopinath will be speaking about public health system challenges, in Australia and globally, for adults with hearing loss. We hope you can join us for this exciting talk!

WHEN: Wednesday 12 April 2023, 12:00-12:50

WHERE: Friedman Room 355 or virtual (see below for link)

TITLE: Reframing Adult-Onset Hearing Loss as a Public Health Challenge


Despite the high prevalence of adults-onset hearing loss, ear and hearing care is poorly integrated into systems of health in Australia and globally. We are currently working to change this through our program of research by applying a public health lens to hearing loss in adults. This includes projects that are improving the capture and use of robust contemporary data. Several examples will be provided including landmark studies initiated in 2022 such as the very first Australian Eye and Ear Health Survey and the Hearing impairment in Adults: a Longitudinal Outcomes Study (HALOS). There will also be a focus on initiatives that aim to develop and implement evidence-based strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of adult-onset hearing loss and enhance the uptake of hearing health services, such as the Hearing Impairment Data Infrastructure (HEIDI) Study. Finally, there will be a discussion on the development of guidelines at both the global and local level, which aim to improve the management of hearing loss in adults. The coordination and partnership among a range of key stakeholders underlies all these initiatives and this will be highlighted, as this is critical to ensuring the inclusion of adult-onset hearing loss as part of a broader public health strategy.


Professor Bamini Gopinath is the inaugural Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Health. In this role she leads the Public Health and Policy Pillar of Macquarie University Hearing. She is an epidemiologist who has been actively involved in developing and conducting numerous population health studies. To date she has co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed papers and her publications have attracted >400 media stories with an estimated audience of 210 million people worldwide. Using large population datasets Bamini has provided novel community-based evidence on the health determinants and health outcomes associated with a sensory loss and disability. Her ongoing research in the public health field aims to translate key study findings into health policy and practice, with the intention of targeting current gaps that exist in Australian healthcare.

We look forward to seeing you on April 12!

If you plan to join us virtually, please click here to RSVP for the Zoom session.