Hearing impairment can create obstacles in engaging with others for children, adults and the ageing population; many deaf children are academically behind their peers, and hearing difficulties in the elderly are related to cognitive decline in the elderly. Both these symptoms of hearing loss can cause frustration and social isolation leading to a poorer quality of life.
‘The University of Melbourne is the best of the Australian universities and also among the best in the Asia-Pacific region. The pharmacology program here is also outstanding. They are conducting intensive drug research in world-class facilities.’
When Alyce Lim was 12 years old, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. In watching her go through treatment, Alyce saw how much support her mother drew from her medical team. “As a young girl," Alyce recalls, "I thought, “I want to be a doctor like that”."
The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health was officially launched on 27 October 2014 at a special celebration attended by Mrs Kay van Norton Poche, Mr Reg Richardson AM and a number of distinguished Indigenous leaders in health and higher education.
Professor Hugh Taylor’s keen interest in public health led him to work as Associate Director of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program, screening more than 60,000 Indigenous Australians for trachoma, currently the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness.