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.
Winners of the Libby Harricks award:
2021 Pat Fulton
2020 Dr Corinne Walsh
2019 Anne Dernow
2018 Richard Brading
2017 Zoe Williams
2016 Bron Levett
2015 Andrew Stewart
2014 Elizabeth Mathias
2013 Lyndal Carter
2012 Carolyn Kilpatrick
2011 Shirley Edwards
2010 Sally Normington
2009 Dr Stuart Down
2008 Peter Lindley
2007 Dr Ray Hare
2006 Karen Dempsey
2005 Sue Walters
2004 Joan Hansen
2003 Elizabeth Burgess
2002 Cath Bonnes
2001 Len Ulrigh
2000 Mary Salter
1999 Cecelia Creigh
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 25 and living in Australia
d/Deaf or hard of hearing
Be a significant role model
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 HMA committee 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”.