Associate Professor Jim Patrick awarded Order of Australia for cochlear implant development


We’re proud to announce that on Sunday, Associate Professor Jim Patrick, Chief Scientist at Cochlear Limited, was awarded the Order of Australia for distinguished service to science through the development of the cochlear implant!

Jim was a member of Professor Graeme Clark’s original Cochlear Implant Research Team (1975 – 1981) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, which invented the world’s first multichannel cochlear implant. In 1981, he was a founding member of Cochlear Limited, which is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions and where he is currently Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientist.

Jim Patrick says:

“Cochlear implants truly change peoples’ lives. They bring people with hearing loss into a world of sound that the rest of us take for granted. Cochlear’s recipients have all the opportunities of people with normal hearing. This includes babies born with severe to profound deafness and well as adults with progressive hearing loss.

This award is recognition of all the researchers, engineers, medical professionals and Cochlear recipients, who have helped restore hearing to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.”


According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 360 million people worldwide have a disabling hearing loss. For those with severe to profound hearing loss, implantable hearing devices like cochlear implants can be an effective solution.

“Jim has an understated, but deeply passionate approach,” says Dr Chris Roberts, CEO and President Cochlear Limited. “He is truly a world expert in cochlear implantation and internationally respected for his past and current contributions to the field of cochlear implants.”

Congratulations to Associate Professor Patrick for this prestigious award!