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BAppSci (Speech Path) DipAud MS PhD FAudSA CCP Audiologist
Dr Judith Boswell trained first as a speech pathologist then as an audiologist, graduating from Melbourne University in 1984. Her first position was with the Health Department of Victoria.
From 1989, Judith was employed as Research Audiologist with the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. During her five years at Menzies, she undertook research into middle ear infection and hearing loss in Indigenous Australians. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 1994 for her research work with Aboriginal infants. Judith has published her Indigenous ear health research findings in national and international journals and presented her work at conferences both in Australia and overseas.
From 1994 to 1998, Judith planned and coordinated the first Master in audiology course to be offered at the Flinders University of South Australia and she continues to supervise students' clinical practice. In 1999 Judith left Adelaide to manage the Ear, nose and throat outreach project, based in Cairns. This pilot project delivered surgical and audiological services and training to remote Indigenous communities in Cape York, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait.
In 2000, Judith returned to Adelaide to manage a private audiological consultancy and clinical practice which provided diagnostic and rehabilitative hearing services to adults and children, and clinical and training consultancies in Indigenous ear and hearing issues. She was a member of the technical advisory group for the 2010 review of the National guidelines for clinical care of otitis media in Indigenous Australians and has been an invited speaker on related topics at meetings and conferences, including the national conference of the Australian Society of Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons (Adelaide, March 2012) and the Audiological Society of Australia (Adelaide, July 2012).
Judith has more than 20 years of experience providing training in issues related to Indigenous ear and hearing for health personnel in remote communities in South Australia, New South Wales, the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia. She provided regular training to remote health staff during the Commonwealth intervention in Indigenous communities in the NT and as a part of the Closing the gap initiative.
Judith can provide teaching and clinical supervision in the field for accredited courses and according to the particular needs of individuals and groups. In 2010 she delivered a master class on learning in the field to audiologists, in Darwin. In 2011, she was contracted to write an online training module in Indigenous ear and hearing health for the Remote Area Health Corps, NT. In 2012, she prepared a three-hour training seminar on the revised clinical care guidelines for otitis media. This has been delivered, by Judith and others, to primary health care personnel via Medicare Locals and GP networks around the country.
Judith was made a Fellow of the Audiological Society of Australia in 2009, in recognition of her contributions to Indigenous hearing health and to audiology education.