Kelvin Kong

Surgeon and advocate for Aboriginal ear health

2023 NSW Australian of the Year Nominee

Professor Kelvin Kong is a proud Worimi man and the first Aboriginal fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ (RACS).

The ear, nose and throat surgeon is dedicated to addressing and raising awareness of Indigenous ear health and the third world rates of ear disease seen in Australia, which has the worst recorded levels internationally.

Aboriginal children currently suffer ear disease rates and complications far greater than when compared with the general population, significantly affecting social and educational outcomes.

Kelvin’s passion is to ensure all children have the same opportunities to hear well and achieve their potential. His dream is to reduce the disparity between health and learning outcomes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Kelvin is part of a national approach to the betterment of ear and hearing outcomes, ensuring Indigenous health is highlighted through a broad lens and that ear health is a priority for the RACS, academia and health services.