Libby Harricks was a founding member of SHHH Australia Inc (now HMA) and a multi-term President. She became profoundly deaf as a young adult. Whilst maintaining her career as a pharmacist and raising two children, she was the driving force behind SHHH. She helped establish the effective volunteer organisation we have today. Libby was widely known and admired as a dynamic advocate for access for people with hearing loss. She served as a role model and inspiration to many. Libby was made a member of Order of Australia in 1990 in recognition of her work for the hard of hearing community.
Tragically, Libby Harricks lost her battle with cancer at the age of 52 in 1998.
HMA has established this award in her memory, as a friend and a woman who through determination and spirit achieved more than she ever thought possible, both for herself and for many others.
Do you know someone who is deaf or hard of hearing who has achieved personal success worthy of the Libby Harricks Award?
Criteria to be eligible for the award:
Over 21 and living in Australia
Live with hearing loss and communicate using spoken language (as at least one language option)
Be a significant role model for people with hearing loss
Note: This award is not limited to HMA members.
All nominations should include the following:
1. Name, address and email / mobile number of the person making the nomination.
2. Name, address and email of the person nominated.
3. A short description (approx. 500 words) of why this person is being nominated, what they have achieved, challenges faced and opportunities that have been made use of
Nominations MUST be received by the Executive Officer by the end of January each year.
Nominations are welcomed by mail or email to:
The Board of HMA will consider nominations, with the winner being announced at the Annual General Meeting in March/April of each year where the Award will be presented. The recipient’s story will be published in a subsequent issue of HMA’s journal, “Hearing Matters”.