Dr Mahmood Bhutta

Mahmood Bhutta is an ENT surgeon and academic from the UK, with an interest in chronic otitis media. He was previously the Phizackerley Senior Scholar at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where his DPhil explored genetic and molecular mechanisms in chronic otitis media. He is also interested in otological disease as a global health issue, and earlier this year spent 4 months training surgeons in Cambodia.

He is secretary elect of the International Society for Otitis Media and his awards include the European Academy of Otology & Neuro-otology Award in 2013, and the Margaret Witt Scholarship for Clinical Excellence from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2014. He is currently working in Western Australia as the TWJ Fellow.
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Associate Professor Kelvin Kong

A/Prof. Kelvin Kong qualified as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), specializing in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
Kelvin hails from the Worimi people of Port Stephens, north of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at the University of NSW in 1999. He embarked on his internship at St. Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst and pursued a surgical career, completing resident medical officer and registrar positions at various urban and rural attachments. Along the way, his has also been privileged in serving the rural community as part of secondments to peripheral hospitals. He is now practising in Newcastle as a qualified Surgeon specializing in Paediatric & Adult Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery). He is the current Chair of the RACS Indigenous Health Committee.
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Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson is a Gamilaroi man and former primary school teacher. In 2012 he founded the twitter account, @Indigenous X, a phenomenally popular social media platform for sharing stories, opinions, reports and humour about Indigenous life. Currently working as a Senior Digital Producer for NITV, Luke continues to care deeply about the influence of hearing for education and lifelong learning and the importance that health professionals play in community awareness and advocacy.
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