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Head, Ear Health


Available for supervision

Associate Professor Chris Brennan-Jones is an audiologist and clinician scientist who leads the Ear Health team at Telethon Kids Institute. His research is focused on understanding the causes of childhood hearing loss, including otitis media (a disease of the middle ear), and designing and evaluating interventions to reduce the impact of hearing loss on children.

A key focus for A/Prof Brennan-Jones and his team is improving the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and improving access to services using innovations in telehealth. He and his team work in partnership with a Aboriginal Community Advisory Group, chaired by Mr Leon Hayward, to provide robust cultural governance for the team’s research and ensure their research prioritises and improves key outcomes identified by the community.

Current roles:

  • Head, Ear Health, Telethon Kids Institute (within the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases)
  • Associate Professor, School of Allied Health, Curtin University
  • Senior paediatric audiologist, Perth Children's Hospital
  • Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Western Australia
  • Co-Lead, Senses Special Interest Group, Raine Study
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Audiology
  • Buttressing Coalition Member, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research

A/Prof Brennan-Jones has received more than $8M in research grants as a chief investigator, including funding from the NHMRC, MRFF, WA Department of Health and Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, a number of book chapters, and contributed to national and international clinical guidelines and parliamentary reports. He is the chief investigator for the Djaalinj Waakinj and Ear Portal projects and leads a suite of Cochrane reviews examining interventions for chronic suppurative otitis media.

A/Prof Brennan-Jones is Co-Chair of the Children’s Hearing Research Group at Perth Children’s Hospital, a Steering Committee Member for the WA Child Ear Health Strategy, member of the Commonwealth Hearing Loss Prevention Coalition, a regular NHMRC grant review panel member and grant reviewer for the NIH and other local funding bodies.