Australian prime minister visits Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University

Recently, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the first new Australian Innovation Partnership—the Medical Technologies Innovation Partnership—which will be headquartered in Macquarie Park.

Mr Rudd, Senator Kim Carr and local candidate Jason Yat-sen Li made the announcement during a visit to the Australian Hearing Hub on Macquarie University's campus.

Macquarie University Audiology School
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The group toured the Australian Hearing Hub's key facilities, including the anechoic chamber, Magnetoencephalography (MEG)labs and liquid helium recovery system.

The Medical Technologies Innovation Partnership was established following an expression of interest by a large consortium of industry, academic institutions and government, including core partners Cochlear Limited, Macquarie University, the Bionics Institute, Flinders University, STC, ATP Innovations and the Westmead Research Hub.

The new Australian Innovation Partnerships will build national networks of partners from different sectors, with the aim of helping businesses and researchers to collaborate, share knowledge and deploy technology, enabling translation of research into commercial outcomes.

These industry-led partnerships will tap into our world-class science and research capabilities to increase the competitiveness of Australian industries and create more jobs.

Associate Professor Mark Wiggins, Associate Dean Research of the Faculty of Human Sciences who joined the tour commented, “We are delighted that the prime minister announced the Medical Technologies Innovation Partnership at the Australian Hearing Hub. A state-of-the-art facility, the Australian Hearing Hub will enable groundbreaking advances in mapping brain function, understanding auditory processing and system disorders, developing hearing aid and implant technologies and improving strategies for rehabilitation.

“Our speech pathology, audiology and linguistics postgraduate students will benefit greatly from taking part in such innovative research programs with international significance and benefit to Australia. Through Macquarie's partnerships, they will be able to expand their network, learn from leading professionals and researchers, and develop industry skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Macquarie University Audiology School

 

The Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2013

Entry Requirements
To be eligible to apply to the Master of Clinical Audiology program, you must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree; and
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative average of at least a credit average.

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