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Australian Audiology Pioneer Awarded OAM in King’s Birthday Honour List

Jun 12, 2024

The often dubbed ‘founding father of Australian audiology’ and author of Australia’s most comprehensive history of the profession A History of Australian audiology, Dr Laurence “Laurie” John Upfold has been awarded King’s Birthday honours.  

Laurie Upfold

One of Australia’s first audiologists, Upfold, who also has a background in psychology, was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division “for service to people who are deaf or hard of hearing”.

The fellow and life member of Audiology Australia (first known as The Audiology Society of Australia) said he was ‘taken by surprise and delighted’ by the recognition of his 40 years in audiology including private practice and as a principal audiologist at National Acoustic Laboratories.

“I was fortunate enough to work with many dedicated and talented people and I see this award as also recognising them and the strength and value of Australian audiology,” Laurie said.

Laurie was nominated by AudA Accredited Audiologists Alex Boyce and Greg Upfold – Laurie’s son.

Greg Upfold and Laurie Upfold

Pictured: Greg Upfold – Australia’s first, second-generation audiologist, Laurie’s son and OAM nominator – and Dr Laurie Upfold.

Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) congratulated all 737 Australians recognised in the King’s Birthday Honour List for their services to the community.

“Some names are well-known, but the vast majority are not – they are people who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a difference in our community,” the Governor-General said.

“Through today’s recognition we shine a light on their efforts, the impact they have and the difference they make. On behalf of all Australians, I thank recipients for their service and congratulate them on their recognition.”

The Medal of the Order of Australia is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated service worthy of particular recognition.

Read the full King’s Birthday 2024 Honours List here

Read more about Dr Upfold’s career in Marshall Smither and Susan Forster’s post

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