Christopher Brennan-Jones


  • The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 204 Citations
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Personal profile


Research Focus: Preventing and effectively treating otitis media and hearing loss in children; Ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; Improving access to services using innovations in telehealth.

Areas of Expertise: ear infections (otitis media), paediatric audiology, hearing loss, Aboriginal children, telehealth, electrophysiology, auditory neuroscience, tinnitus, psychoacoustics, ototoxicity, cochlear implantation, language development, epidemiology, evidence synthesis, Cochrane reviews


Dr Brennan-Jones is a senior audiologist at Perth Children's Hospital and leads the telehealth activities for the department in addition to an active caseload. He combines this clinical role with a research career focused on preventing and effectively treating otitis media and hearing loss in children. His research as a particular focus on Aboriginal ear health and improving access to services using innovations in telehealth. He is s a clinician-researcher and principal investigator within the Ear Health research team at Telethon Kids Institute, and is a current NHMRC Early Career Fellow and Raine/Robson Fellow.
Previously he has been a Visiting Fellow to the UK Cochrane Centre at the University of Oxford and maintains a suite of Cochrane reviews examining interventions to treat chronic suppurative otitis media.
His PhD (2013–2016) through the Ear Science Institute, University of Western Australia focused on the validation and translation of telehealth services in audiology. Dr Brennan-Jones was awarded the 2016 Student Scientist of the Year in the WA Premier’s Science Awards for his research to improve access to ear health services, particularly with Aboriginal children.
He is an enthusiastic science communicator for hearing and communication sciences and a WA Science Ambassador. He regularly contributies columns and interviews for mainstream media, including for The Conversation, SBS and the ABC, including the Curious Kids series.
Dr Brennan-Jones contributes actively to the Audiology Department at Perth Children’s Hospital where he coordinates the research activities of the department and Co-Chairs the PCH Hearing Research Group, a multidisciplinary network of over 20 research active clinicians. He is a Guest Lecturer and research supervisor for the Clinical Audiology program at UWA, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Audiology and Co-convener of the annual PCH Child Hearing Research Symposium. He serves on a number of local and national committees including the WA Child Ear Health Strategy and technical advisory group for the national CRE in Ear and Hearing Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children (CRE_ICHEAR).
In the past three years (2016-2018) he has received more than $2.5M in grants as a chief investigator, $2M as CIA. The majority of these project grants have explored improvements in health care for Aboriginal children in Australia. Dr Brennan-Jones has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers; >20 as a postdoc; >20 as first or senior author. He has also authored a number of book chapters and presented at over 40 local, national and international scientific meetings.

Teaching overview

Supervision of research students.

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Research Output 2013 2019

Mental Health
mental health

Chronic health conditions, mental health and the school: A narrative review

Runions, K., Vithiatharan, R., Hancock, K., Lin, A., Brennan-Jones, C., Gray, C. & Payne, D., 5 Dec 2019, In : Health Education Journal. p. 1-13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Health

Cochrane corner: interventions to prevent hearing loss caused by noise at work

Brennan-Jones, C. G., Tao, K. F. M., Tikka, C. & Morata, T. C., 1 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Audiology.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Hearing Loss
Ear Protective Devices

Hearing aid review appointment: Clients’ reasons for attendance and non-attendance

Bennett, R. J., Zhang, M., Mulders, W., Stegeman, I., Vagg, B., Brennan-Jones, C. & Eikelboom, R., 18 Sep 2019, In : International Journal of Audiology. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hearing Aids
Appointments and Schedules
1 Citation (Scopus)

Antibiotics versus topical antiseptics for chronic suppurative otitis media

Head, K., Chong, L. Y., Bhutta, M. F., Morris, P. S., Vijayasekaran, S., Burton, M. J., Schilder, A. G. M. & Brennan-Jones, C. G., 22 Jun 2018, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018, 6, CD013056.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Suppurative Otitis Media
Local Anti-Infective Agents
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Projects 2016 2020