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Dr Judith Boswell is deeply concerned by the devastating effects of Conductive Hearing Loss related to early otitis media, especially the long-term consequences for education, social and cultural interaction, and employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Hence, she has returned to Darwin as a Consultant Audiologist to do what she can to improve the situation amongst Aboriginal people. She invites interested parties to contact her by email or mobile to discuss mutual interests.
Judith is a trained speech pathologist and audiologist. She graduated from Melbourne University in 1984 and worked as a paediatric clinical audiologist for five years. Judith began her research career in 1989, with the Menzies School of Health Research, investigating the causes and effects of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. She then went on to work at Flinders University of South Australia where she developed and coordinated the first Master in Audiology course to be offered at the university. Whilst there, Judith also lectured in clinical hearing matters for speech pathology and audiology students at Flinders University. After leaving Flinders University in 1999, Judith went on to manage the Ear, Nose and Throat Outreach Project, based in Cairns, where she coordinated clinical and surgical services and training to health staff in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In 2000, Judith became Director of Adelaide Hearing Consultants Pty Ltd which provided diagnostic and rehabilitative hearing services for people with hearing loss or tinnitus issues, as well as clinical training for health and education professionals and community members. She continued providing services and training to health staff from remote communities to help them to identify and manage otitis media and to encourage conductive hearing loss management in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
In 2009, Judith was made a Fellow of the Audiological Society of Australia in recognition of her contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear health and to audiology education.