Harry Blackmore Award

Dr Harry Blackmore Award 2021 Nominations


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 Hard of Hearing 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 Hard of Hearing or who have raised the level of awareness in the broader community of issues that affect Deaf and hard of hearing.

Recent Award Winners

2012 Paul Higginbotham
2013 Anne Jeavons
2014 Stewart Carter
2015 John Richards
2016 Mavis Fisher
2017 Rob Eikelboom
2018 Pam Davies --- Awarded for over 30 years of dedication as a Teacher of the Deaf
2019 Geoff Reader --- Awarded for his outstanding work over 35 years in creating better outcomes for children who are Deaf or hard of hearing
2020 Dr Dona Jayakody --- Awarded for her outstanding research work that includes assessing the impact of hearing loss treatment using hearing implants and hearing aids on cognitive functions and mental health of older adults with hearing loss.

2020 Award Winner

Congratulations to this years award 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.

Barry MacKinnon - President

 Deafness Council WA

2021 Award Nominations

Nominations for the Award are now open and will close on January 31st 2021.

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

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