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Our clinic receives Stewart House Gold Award

Macquarie's Speech and Hearing Clinic Receives Stewart House Gold Partner AwardPhil Nakad, Audiology Clinical Manager and Professor Janet Greeley, Executive Dean, Faculty of Human Sciences with the Gold Partner Award

An audiology support program from Macquarie University's Speech and Hearing Clinic has been recognised with a gold partner award from Stewart House.  The program involves clinic staff and Master of Clinical Audiology students screening the hearing and middle ear function of children visiting Stewart House.  This includes some of the most disadvantaged and at risk children and young people from all areas of New South Wales (NSW), including a large indigenous population. The program has tested hundreds of children to date with approximately 20 per cent identified as requiring further attention from their local audiology service, school, General Practitioner or an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist.

Phil Nakad, Audiology Clinical Manager has been key to establishing the program and he sees it as a win-win for both Stewart House and Macquarie.  "This program ensures that chronic hearing issues are detected and treated in this vulnerable group.  The sooner such issues are treated and managed the better a child or young person's educational and health outcomes become" explains Phil.  "Our audiology students also gain a broader practical experience, seeing cases they may not have previously had exposure to."

The program is continuing to expand and expects to cover over 1000 students annually.  The key staff and students involved in the program include:

  • Phil Nakad (Audiology Clinical Manager)
  • Rebecca Kim (Associate Lecturer, Audiology)
  • Dr Mridula Sharma (Senior Lecturer, Audiology)
  • Yee-Foong Stone and Andrew Myles (Clinical Placement Coordinators)
  • Master of Clinical Audiology students.

Learn more about the services available at Macquarie University's Speech and Hearing Clinic.

About Stewart House

Each year 1,800 public school children in need come to Stewart House from many parts of NSW and the ACT. During their stay, children are provided with optometric, dental and medical treatment as well as emotional support. This is balanced with health and educational programs and out of school activities to boost their self-esteem and to promote a healthier lifestyle. Children in the care of Stewart House attend a specific purpose school onsite for 8 days of their 12-day stay. The NSW Department of Education and Communities provides infrastructure and staffing support for this school. All others costs associated with the children's stay are met from charitable donations. For more information, visit