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Dr Harry Blackmore 2020 Winner – Dr Dona Jayakody

Since 1988 the Deafness Council have presented an award during Hearing Awareness Week, the first being to Kevin Campbell from Channel 7 for his involvement in the first live captioning of the Channel 7 News.

The Award is named after Dr Harry Blackmore, a life member of the Deafness Council WA Inc, in recognition of his outstanding work over many years in advancing the interests of Deaf and hearing impaired people.

The Award is given in recognition of the contribution made by an individual or organisation that has enhanced the quality of life of people who are Deaf or hearing impaired or who have raised the level of awareness in the broader community of issues that affect Deaf and hearing impaired people.

Congratulations to this years winner Dr Dona Jayakody.

After completing a PhD in Audiology in 2012, Dr Jayokody took up a clinical position as a cochlear implant audiologist at the Ear Science Institute. Since 2014 she has been engaged in a full time post-doctoral research position at ESIA focusing on cognitive decline and hearing loss in older adults. The study has already found a significant association between untreated hearing loss and cognitive impairment.

Previous winners of the Award include;

  • 2019 Geoff Reader - Through Geoff's leadership, for over 35 years, and as a champion for the children and their families, he has led the improvement of teaching practices for Deaf and hard of hearing children in Western Australia.
  • 2018 Pam Davies - For over 30 years dedication as a Teacher of The Deaf. Pam volunteers outside her role as a teacher and is an outstanding role model and exemplar for her students and other professionals.
  • 2017 Rob Eikelboom for his years of dedication to hearing research as well as mentoring and supporting many undergraduate and post graduate students in their hearing research journey
  • 2016 Mavis Fisher for her dedication in promoting the educational needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and for providing guidance to parents
  • 2015 John Richards for his outstanding contribution to the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students

Hearing Awareness Week 2021 nominations for the Award are now open and will close on October 31st 2021.

Please forward nominations to Deafness Council WA Inc, PO box 1388, South Perth, WA. 6951.

Kind regards,

Barry MacKinnon


Deafness Council WA Inc

0488 588 863