Changing children’s lives for decades from her work in speech pathology
Dr Dimity Dornan AO FTSE has won the Queensland Senior Australian of the Year 2018 – an award that recognises her life-changing work in more than 50 years of speech pathology.
Dr Dornan has devoted her career to changing the lives of thousands of hearing impaired children and young adults through Hear and Say, an organisation she established 25 years ago.
With implantable bionic technologies, such as the cochlear implant, Dr Dornan helps hearing impaired children train their brains to listen and speak. Currently, more than 900 children use the services provided by Hear and Say.
But the reach of her influence extends further than Australia. Dr Dornan has also established several national and global research collaborations, including Hear and Say WorldWide – an initiative that tackles deafness in children from developing countries.
Now, Dr Dornan is creating the Human Bionics Interface to combat as yet untreatable medical conditions. The Interface is a network of leaders, researchers, clinicians, businesses, start-ups and investors who are collaborating to boost the delivery of bionic solutions.
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