Australia leads the world with its hearing health ecosystem. From well-functioning integrated clinical pathways through to world leading companies like Cochlear Limited, Australia is arguably the best place in the world to be seeking treatment for a hearing problem.
One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss. With an ageing population, hearing loss is projected to increase to one in every four Australians by 2050. The net consequence of hearing loss includes a reduced capacity to communicate, which significantly impacts a person’s life. While interventions such as hearing aids and cochlear implants enhance a person’s ability to communicate, the majority of people with hearing loss do not have such devices, although this is changing.
Australia’s hearing ecosystem includes government institutions; not-for-profits enterprises; topic organisations; the HEARing Co-Operative Research Centre; universities; and for-profit companies like Cochlear Limited.
Paradoxically, our enduring competitive advantages in a global economy lie in local things – knowledge, relationships and motivation that distant rivals cannot match.
Few people appreciate the extent of Australia’s hearing health knowledge cluster. There are important lessons in the history of how this ecosystem has developed over many decades. Knowledge clusters supporting technological innovation can be a great source of competitive advantage for Australia.
The Annual Meeting can be attended by Fellows only.
Following the Annual Meeting, Fellows and Guests are invited to attend the Malcolm Chaikin Oration and Dinner.
Dr Roberts AO graduated in chemical engineering and has more than 40 years’ experience in innovative global medical device businesses covering nephrology, orthopaedics, cardiology, respiratory, sleep medicine and otolaryngology.
He was CEO/President of Cochlear Limited from February 2004 to August 2015. He is Chairman of OncoSil Medical Limited and a non-executive director of ResMed Inc, Clarity Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, and O’Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd and a PLuS Alliance Professor appointed across three universities: UNSW, King’s College London and Arizona State University.
He is a board member of: Innovation Science Australia; Jobs for NSW; Health Innovation Advisory Committee (a principal committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council); Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology; and Monash University Industry Council of Advisors.
He has been awarded Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from both Macquarie University and the University of NSW.
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