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Field Rickards

Professorial Fellow
life sciences & biomedicine
science & technology
humans
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female
child
infant
child, preschool
social sciences
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Prof

Field Rickards

 
Division
Law
 
Primary Interest
Outcomes For Children With Mild/Profound Hearing Loss
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Prof

Field Rickards

 

Professor Field Rickards was appointed Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne in August 2004, following four years as an officer of the Academic Board (of which he was President 2003-July 2004). He was appointed to the Foundation Chair in Education of Hearing Impaired Children at The University of Melbourne in 1994 after four years of Reader in charge of the Deafness Studies Unit.

Prior to this, he was Senior Lecturer in Audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne, where he led Australia’s first post-graduate course in Audiology in 1974. He is a Fellow of the Audiological Society of Australia, the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

His research in the 1980s led to the commercial development of an automatic evoked response audiometer (ASSR) which can accurately measure hearing in infants. The system is manufactured in the US and has been translated into standard international practice as an important tool in the diagnostic assessment of very young infants and children who have failed hearing screens.

His move from audiology to education of the hearing impaired focussed his research on early detection (the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program) and early diagnosis of hearing impairment, early intervention (play development and social competence) and factors affecting the educational outcomes for hearing impaired. He has previously had a close involvement with the Advisory Council of Children with Impaired Hearing, which has run a state-wide early intervention program since the early 1970s, and chaired the Victorian State Infant Hearing Working Group. The working group was the major catalyst for the introduction of Universal Newborn Screening in Victoria. He has studied the onset of Otitis Media in Aboriginal Infants in association with the Menzies School for Health Research in Darwin. He has been a co-investigator on the ARC funded Young Learner’s Project, a collaboration between the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Australian Scholarships Group. The project, which began in 2008, sought to identify personalised learning strategies for strong literacy outcomes in children in pre-school and the first year of school. His collaborations with Dr Melissa Wake and colleagues have investigated the prevalence, impact and genetics of slight and mild hearing loss; the outcomes of children with congenital hearing loss; the outcomes of universal newborn versus risk-factor hearing screening and improving working memory to prevent early academic problems.

As Dean, he has guided the transformation of the Faculty of Education to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education on 1 January 2008, and the reform of the professional training of teachers with the introduction of the new clinical Master of Teaching program. He was a member of the Commonwealth’s Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group in 2014.

He concluded his role as Dean in July 2017, but continues his focus on education reform through the Melbourne School of Government and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He has been granted the title Dean Emeritus by the University.



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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2015

Australian Council of Educational Leaders

2013

Sir James Darling Medal

Australian College of Educators

2012

FACEL - Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders


1986

FAUDSA - Fellow of the Audiology Society of Australia


1986

FACE - Fellow of the Australian College of Education


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professorial Fellow

Melbourne School Of Government

Honorary

Melbourne Graduate School Of Education

Chair

International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes

Chairman

Asia Education Foundation Board

Director

Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute

Member Of Council

The University of Melbourne

Director

Australian Hearing

Chairman

National Acoustic Laboratories Research Committee

Member

Australian Hearing Human Research Ethics Committee

Chairman

Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing

Vice Chairman

Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing

Member Of Executive Committee

Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing

Director

The Bionics Institute

Member, Research Committee

Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing

Member Of Council

Wesley College, Melbourne

Chairman, Research Committee

Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing

Member Of Coordinating Committee Of Professional Services

Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing

Member (Ak/2/1 Otological And Audiological)

Standards Association of Australia Subcommittee

Member Of Executive

Audiological Society of Australia

Trustee

Deafness Foundation, Victoria

Honorary Consultant

Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Education

The University of Manchester

Bachelor of Science (honours)

University of Melbourne