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.
Supervision of research students.