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International Women's Day 2018

With women making up more than 80% of the Hear and Say team, they truly are the heart, mind, soul and backbone of our organisation.

On International Women’s Day 2018, I want take a moment to celebrate two Hear and Say leaders, respected both nationally and internationally.

Our very own Dr Dimity Dornan, AO founded Hear and Say 25 years ago. Now, as an Executive Director, Dimity continues to share her incredible passion and vision with the organisation. In her own words, a ‘late starter’ Dimity has and continues to make an incredible difference to the lives of so many.

Quiet and humble, Emma Rushbrooke, Hear and Say’s Clinical Director is a very worthy example of someone who has the respect of her peers across the sector in Queensland, Australia and Internationally. Emma currently sits on the AG Bell Academy Board (global leaders in certification of listening and spoken language professionals for children who are deaf) and in June this year will become President. This is an Australian first, and a worthy recognition of Emma’s experience and knowledge.

The International Women’s Day 2018 campaign recognises that gender parity won’t happen overnight, however across the world women are making positive gains day by day and I am proud to say that Hear and Say, although only one small drop in this ocean of possibility, is doing our part in helping to achieve these excellent gains.

Today and every day, I recognise the amazing work of all the women of Hear and Say and your dedication to making a difference to the lives of children with hearing loss and their families. Thank you for your strength, determination and kindness.

Chris McCarthy, CEO


Maia’s Story

At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born. 

The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.

Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.

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